Jesse’s mother attends the lynching with a young Jesse and Jesse’s father, dressing up for the occasion. She is not as important as Jesse’s father in teaching Jesse how to be overtly racist—in fact, she discourages her husband from mocking the singing of the Black people in town as they mourn the coming death of the lynching victim. Still, by dressing up for the lynching, watching it in awe, and casually laughing with her friends afterward, she represents a passive acceptance of the racist status quo.
Jesse’s mother Character Timeline in Going to Meet the Man
The timeline below shows where the character Jesse’s mother appears in Going to Meet the Man. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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