The Question and Answer section for The Color of Water is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Well, the laws discouraged the marriage. I can see you focusing your thesis on the connection of one character or another, but I can't see tackling both in one thesis. Using both Ruth and James is going to water down your paper.
Sam smiles at his bar mitzvah because he knew Mameh was happy to see him become a man.