The Color of Water

. The theme of discrimination is important in The Color of Water. Examine and discuss discrimination against immigrants, Jews, and blacks as shown in this book.

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Discrimination is a vicious cycle in this book. Jews discriminate against blacks, whites discriminate against Jews, whites discriminate against low class whites....and round it goes. Consider Ruth's dad who is discriminated against because he is a Jew. He owns a store that services black customers yet he loathes them. This sense of hatred pervades this novel. The discrimination hides many other issues that fester behind it like poverty, power and identity. Check out the link below for some great quotes,

Also the theme of discrimination leads right into the meaning of the book's title. Ruth always maintained that God was the "colour of water". No race or creed had claim to God. Ruth was a person who tried to break the vicious cycle.