Hope, Jacqueline’s older brother, is generally quiet and reserved, except when talking about his two favorite things: comic books and science. He is named after his paternal grandfather, Grandpa Hope. When the family first moves to South Carolina, Hope suffers from allergies and misses his father. Later he adjusts to South Carolina and then to New York. Hope enjoys experimenting with his chemistry set and playing outside with Jacqueline and the other neighborhood children.
The timeline below shows where the character Hope appears in Brown Girl Dreaming. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: i am born
greenville, south carolina, 1963. Jacqueline describes Mama moving to the back of a bus with Hope, Odella, and Jacqueline in South Carolina, where segregation is still pervasive and black people must... (full context)
Part 2: the stories of south carolina run like rivers
...move to South Carolina, Jacqueline notes that people start to refer to her, Odella, and Hope in relation to their grandparents (saying, for example, they are “MaryAnn’s babies”). She also pays... (full context)
...stories. One fall night, the neighborhood women quilt on the porch together and talk. Meanwhile, Hope, Odella, and Jacqueline sit on the stairs and eavesdrop, quiet for fear that MaryAnn will... (full context)
...chill, before acknowledging that it has been many years since she saw her father Jack. Hope tells her she is lucky she doesn’t remember how their parents used to fight. Jacqueline... (full context)
...attributes their possessions, like the swings in the backyard, to God. Still, Jacqueline, Odella, and Hope continue their Bible study, hoping for the “eternity” promised by the Church. The empty swing... (full context)
Part 3: followed the sky’s mirrored constellation to freedom
...of Jack have faded. Through a friend, Mama learns that the children’s paternal grandfather, Grandfather Hope, has died. They are not upset, since they did not even know he was still... (full context)
...accents. Odella cries too, and, furious, fights the other children who make fun of them. Hope, meanwhile, is stoic. Jacqueline gets the sense that they are caught between two homes: New... (full context)
Part 4: deep in my heart i do believe
...butterflies for inspiration. No one believes that she can write an entire book about butterflies; Hope insists that it’s impossible since butterflies have short lives. But Jacqueline believes that on paper... (full context)
...the prison, the family goes through the gate and past the guards. The prison disturbs Hope, and Jacqueline can tell. Jacqueline watches a security officer pat Hope down, and thinks how... (full context)