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Essay about Willful Ignorance in Les Blancs

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Willful Ignorance at Les Blancs  Race connections is a constant effort of identifying with one another. However, it's hard to identify with a different race when one is not capable or ready to know about another. While Charlie and Tshembe both have expertise with Western culture, there still remains a sense of ignorance between them both. Even with Charlie's desire to build a bridge between himself and Tshembe, their connection does not extend beyond the superficial higher degree. Part of this is due to their very own stubbornness, but there are many other facets to their broken relationship. Charlie's and Tshembe's ignorance of one another's culture and human character stays constant not because it cannot be overcome, but due to their unwillingness to admit and shed their own ignorance. Although many would attribute the ignorance of some other race to a white person, it's ironically Tshembe who makes the first blatantly cultural stereotype. He tells Charlie, "American straightforwardness is virtually as disarming as Americans invariably think it is" (Hansberry 73). This announcement immediately tells Charlie that he will be categorized as little over the American by Tshmebe, and that it could be difficult for the two to create a connection. This reversal of the characters' stereotypical characters in ignorance can be evident in the kind of Tshembe's defensive assumptions concerning Charlie. After Tshembe defensively reacts to one of Charlie's questions, stating he's only 1 wife, Tshembe says, "It could be, Mr. Morris, I have developed counter assumptions because I've had... too many long, lo-o-ong 'talks' wherein the snowy intellectual begins by indicating not only fellowship but also the universal damnation of imp...

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