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Get this from a library! The human stain. [Philip Roth] -- Coleman Silk is a respected professor at a New England college who suddenly finds his life unraveling. Rent and save from the world's largest eBookstore. Read, highlight, and take notes, The Human Stain: A Novel ยท Philip Roth QR code for The Human Stain . It is , the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town.

We hope they will provide you with fruitful ways of thinking and talking about a novel that has been called "one of the most provocative explorations of race and rage in American literature. When Silk asks about two absent students, "Do they exist or are they spooks? This, too, is exposed and turned into a public scandal by Delphine Roux, the ambitious Yale-educated literary theorist who led the attack against Professor Silk over his alleged racism. But Silk has another secret, a secret he has kept from his colleagues and friends, even from his wife and children, for fifty years, a secret more shocking than anything his enemies could have imagined about him. In so doing, he uncovers a life that is both uniquely fascinating and yet deeply representative of an essential American impulse. Questions and Topics for Discussion 1. What ironies are involved in Silk being charged with racism when he himself is black?

Regarding his family this also holds true. The Colemans received a sort of acceptance and recognition in their neighbourhood only because of their conformist and moderate lifestyle.

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Howard University looked to me like just too many Negroes in one place. Of all persuasion, of every stripe, but I just did not want to be around them lie that. Did not at all see what it had to do with me. Everything there was just so concentrated that any sort of pride I ever had was diminished.

Completely diminished by a concentrated, false environment.

But the decisive point that leads to his rejection of the past was the racist insult he had to put up with page , against which he could not defend himself, and which showed him his limited opportunities in society.

The significance that his father had in his life becomes very clear at that point. He enters the Navy under the pretence that he is white, and successfully manages to visit a College for white students. The encounter with Steena, however, shows Coleman the consequences of his decision. The decision to keep his secret to himself in the future is the logical conclusion Coleman has drawn in order to realize his goals: not to let social boundaries restrict his opportunities and not to put aside his own luck in favour of social well-being.

The final liberation from his past comes from his marriage with Iris, the birth of his fair-skinned children, and the employment at a respected college. To reproach a black person of spreading racist remarks about black people is in principle rather absurd, but because of the rejection of his past, this absurdity becomes to Coleman the starting point of his troubles: a reference to his black roots was out of the question.

The apparent security that the life of a white Jew in the American society promised, is all of a sudden void.

The crime that, years before when directed against him, stayed unnoticed and unexpiated , now wrongly leads to an accusation against him. Coleman, who sees the effort of his life slandered, does what everyone expected the least: he quits his job at the College und begins an affair with a cleaner who could be his daughter. The objective was for his fate to be determined not by the ignorant, hate-filled intentions of a hostile world but, to whatever degree humanly possible, by his own resolve.

Why accept a life on any other terms? After a perceptive whore they are bona fide experts on the male anatomy in a brothel noticed something about his physique that gave him away as black he was hurled from the establishment. His girlfriend in college who thought he was white met his parents only to learn differently. She, after a moment of hysterics, dumped him. The timely death of his father, who would have put a kibosh on the whole thing, gave him the freedom to choose.

His mother, his brother, and his sister were simply people that had to be carefully cut out of his life. The world will do that for you. There are plenty of forces out to get your father. The world will take care of him, as it had indeed taken care of Mr. He advanced to the position of Dean of Faculty. He was respected, but as happens with most successful people he made enemies.

He also along the way had four kids which is four times that he was sitting in a waiting room offering up prayers to whatever deity would hear them with his fingers, toes, and everything else crossed hoping the baby would be He dodged every bullet, but as some wise man said there is always a bullet with your name on it.

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