Ellen accepts, leaving with her few belongings and the money she has saved up over the past few months. Initially, Ellen assumes that her grandmother is cruel to her because she had hoped for a beautiful girl and instead, got only Ellen, who, as she herself says, is "not exactly a vision.
Racial Identities[ edit ] Throughout the novel, Ellen struggles to find her place between the racial prejudices that have been instilled in her by society, and her desire for the love she identifies in "colored" families.
Furthermore, Ellen takes a lot of effort to paint a picture for her aunt and her cousin, but she overhears them describing her painting as "silly" and "cheap-looking". As she lays by Starletta and watches her nap, Ellen feels joy in knowing that she is breaking a social rule and realizes that though she, herself has overcome many an obstacle, Starletta has overcome even more.
Ellen thinks to herself: Characters in Ellen Foster[ edit ] Ellen Foster is the year-old protagonist of the novel. What is more, she suffers from severe mental illness and believes that people around the house, even her doctor, are stealing things from her.
Before I left, I packed all my things that would fit in one box Gradually, Starletta transforms from an unsophisticated child into a mature young woman, and she develops a crush on a white boy from school. She is referred to as the "bosslady" by her workers and she even makes Ellen work in the cotton fields during the summer.
New Mama is kind, caring, nurturing, always has enough money to pay for groceries, and has plenty of love to give Ellen and the other children she fosters. On the other hand, her father himself has his "colored buddies" with whom he drinks. She sees examples of other families and their love and supporting relationships.
She used to be a flower child but now she is low key so she can hold a job. I would think when I went to the house and write down ways and tricks of how to have her.
Mavis has a large, happy family that Ellen admires and wants to emulate. Sooner or later the question of custody has to be settled in court. The two time levels are united at the end of the novel, when Ellen is about twelve years old. He bakes Ellen a lovely cake for her birthday and does not mind taking care of other household chores typically performed by a woman.
She is a chronic pants-wetter, though she is the same age as Ellen. She starts accumulating money, as she realizes she will need money to have a better start later in life. She constantly reminds Ellen how much she is like him, even though Mavis assures her that she looks just like her mother.
She tells Ellen that she must take better care of her than she did her own mother. When her grandmother tells Ellen the news, she slaps her hard across the face and dares her to cry. Dora, who is the same age as Ellen, and Nadine are a self-sufficient pair who consider Ellen an intruder.
When he starts beating her, her bruises are noticed at school and as a temporary solution, her free spirited art teacher invites Ellen to live with her and her husband, Roy. As an eleven year old, Ellen is undergoing a period of self-criticism and is just beginning to understand who she is.
Even when Ellen ascertains that her grandmother is not cruel because of her lack of beauty, but because of her mere association with her own father, she remains extremely self-conscious. Ellen Foster is ultimately a coming-of-age story, as Ellen engineers for herself a place in the secure, nurturing family she has craved and simultaneously comes to understand herself better through her friendship with Starletta, her black friend.
Ellen says she would never sleep in a "colored house". In her new home with her new mama, Ellen thinks of how lucky she is and imagines what could have happened to her had her new mama not rescued her. When Ellen was shipped to and from different households, she never got a sense of consistency.
Of all the ladies in the church that could make into a new mama she of all people was the one for me. In reality, the "family" is a home for disadvantaged adolescents—a kind of foster family rather than a "real" family with the surname Foster.
Her new mama assures Ellen that she is completely healthy and fairly even-tempered, which Ellen is very glad to hear. In church Ellen encounters a nice and friendly woman, who she believes is called Mrs Foster, and her well-behaved children. Her new mama refuses the money—which she keeps safe—and assures Ellen that she will call the county first thing in the morning to see if they can arrange for Ellen to stay with her.
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