An American Marriage

by

Tayari Jones

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An American Marriage: Part 3, Chapter 7 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Roy reflects on the fact that Davina didn’t insist on wearing a condom. Instead, she opened her home and herself to him. He thinks that if he’d come with condoms, Celestial would have assumed that Roy had been sleeping around, and he storms off to the futon in the sewing room. He is disturbed by all the poupées with his face on them. He can’t sleep and goes to Celestial’s room, but he can’t bear to try the knob in the event she’s locked him out.
While Davina opened herself to Roy, Celestial has closed herself off. Roy being surrounded by dolls made in his image are an extra slap in the face, a reminder of what he and Celestial used to have, their potential child, and his perception that Celestial has capitalized on his story while not personally supporting him.
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The Effects of Incarceration Theme Icon
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Roy goes back to his room and calls Davina. She asks if he’s all right, and he tells her he doesn’t know what to do. She tells him to sleep and asks if Andre and Celestial were together when he arrived, since she once saw them getting drunk at the bar in Eloe together. Celestial had leaned across the bar and told Davina, “I’m a terrible person,” and then she and Andre had left. Roy tells Davina he remembers her son Hopper from prison, and Davina asks if he was doing okay. Roy says he was, and that’s why he didn’t remember him. He thinks, “Only in Atlanta,” when he imagines Andre sleeping at his father’s house and himself surrounded by dolls resembling him.
Davina is once again a source of comfort for Roy, further setting the stage for their eventual relationship. Roy deciding to lie to Davina about her son’s well-being is a gift to her, of sorts, and another example of the way people try to smooth things over with one another by telling lies that paint a rosier truth.
Themes
Love and Marriage in Crisis Theme Icon
Parenthood as a Choice Theme Icon
Appearances vs. Reality Theme Icon
The Effects of Incarceration Theme Icon