Roman is Jacqueline’s younger brother, and the youngest child in the family. Roman has a different father than Odella, Hope, and Jacqueline, and has lighter skin and straight hair. When he is a toddler, Roman eats the paint off the walls of their apartment and gets lead poisoning, causing him to be in the hospital for a summer.
The timeline below shows where the character Roman appears in Brown Girl Dreaming. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2: the stories of south carolina run like rivers
Part 3: followed the sky’s mirrored constellation to freedom
...in Greenville is ending. Mama calls MaryAnn to plan the children’s return. The children miss Roman, and Jacqueline thinks of him running to them when they return from school. The children... (full context)
Part 4: deep in my heart i do believe
...happy ending. When Jacqueline and her siblings return to Brooklyn from Greenville, their reunion with Roman and Mama is an “almost happy ending,” because Roman still has a hospital band on... (full context)