An American Marriage

by

Tayari Jones

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Gloria Davenport Character Analysis

Celestial’s mother and the wife of Franklin. Gloria is a school administrator and a woman committed to keeping up appearances, though she doesn’t necessarily care about financial success. When she was a baby, a little white girl pointed at her and said, “Look! A baby maid!” After this, Gloria’s mother committed to raising her daughter to be more than a maid.

Gloria Davenport Quotes in An American Marriage

The An American Marriage quotes below are all either spoken by Gloria Davenport or refer to Gloria Davenport . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Algonquin edition of An American Marriage published in 2018.
Part 2, Chapter 12 Quotes

“Is it love, or is it convenience?” Gloria asked me that Thanksgiving Day after my father had stormed upstairs and Andre went to gather our coats. She explained that convenience, habit, comfort, obligation—these are all things that wear the same clothing as love sometimes. Did I think this thing with Andre was maybe too easy? He is literally the boy next door.

Related Characters: Celestial Davenport (speaker), Andre, Gloria Davenport
Page Number: 208
Explanation and Analysis:
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Gloria Davenport Character Timeline in An American Marriage

The timeline below shows where the character Gloria Davenport appears in An American Marriage. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 2
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...Olive was a teenager when he was born. Celestial reminds Roy that her own mother, Gloria, was her father, Franklin’s, second wife, and reveals that she was in fact his mistress... (full context)
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...family came to Atlanta. One day, at the general store, Celestial’s grandmother, pushing the baby Gloria in a pram, crossed paths with a white lady and her child. The little girl... (full context)
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...prisoner.” She thought it really was Roy for a moment and broke down. Andre called Gloria and they calmed Celestial down, but Celestial couldn’t shake the idea. She made prison clothing... (full context)
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Mr. Davenport writes Roy to tell him that Gloria prays for him every day. He revises Roy’s story about asking him for Celestial’s hand... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 2
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For dessert, they have a blackberry jam cake that Gloria had made and soaked in rum, a treat she’d once given Franklin at the start... (full context)
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...to Uncle Banks, announcing that Roy will be released before Christmas. Sylvia, Uncle Banks, and Gloria celebrate, but Franklin says nothing. Andre stands to announce that he’s asked Celestial to marry... (full context)
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...a situation where his friend Roy is being held as a hostage of the state. Gloria asks Franklin to apologize, arguing that they raised Celestial to know her own mind. Franklin... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 8
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Celestial reflects on how her mother Gloria taught her to pray as a child in Atlanta, though her father was “godless.” They... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 12
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On Thanksgiving, Gloria asked Celestial if her decision to be with Andre is based on love or convenience.... (full context)
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Celestial thinks back to Gloria telling her that she’s like her father, impulsive and little bit selfish, but that not... (full context)