Yansa M.toussaint

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John Ophelia is sort of lost at first. She's not connected to the traditions and roots that sustain the women of her family. The ending is about whether she can find Peace with herself and who she is, where she comes from.

I think George is supposed to bring back whatever he finds in the coop. All he finds is his hands. So if he could bring those back to Mama Day, it would show that he believes in her path, her wisdom and her way. If he believes in her, then maybe Ophelia could do.

But he doesn't believe in her enough, and he thinks he can fix Ophelia himself. He does, with his death. When George dies on the island, then Ophelia comes back to the island to talk to him, his spirit. The whole book is a conversation between Ophelia and (dead) George. And once she can talk with George, she can start to hear the other spirits and voices of the island, including the Great Grand Mother. George is her "bridge" to her past and her power.
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