Ready Player One

Ready Player One


Ernest Cline

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Marie Harris Character Analysis

Marie Harris is Aech’s (Helen’s) mother. She is a black woman who believes that the OASIS is the “best thing” to happen to women and people of color because it allows them to use a white male avatar and move through the world without being obstructed by racism and sexism. However, she retains prejudices of her own, and kicks Aech out of the house when Aech reveals that she is a lesbian.

Marie Harris Quotes in Ready Player One

The Ready Player One quotes below are all either spoken by Marie Harris or refer to Marie Harris. 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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Level Three: 0033 Quotes

In Marie’s opinion, the OASIS was the best thing that had ever happened to both women and people of color. From the very start, Marie had used a white male avatar to conduct all of her online business, because of the marked difference it made in how she was treated and the opportunities she was given.

Related Characters: Wade Watts / Parzival (speaker), Marie Harris
Related Symbols: The OASIS
Page Number: 320
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Marie Harris Character Timeline in Ready Player One

The timeline below shows where the character Marie Harris appears in Ready Player One. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...Her father died in Afghanistan, and she was raised in Atlanta by a single mother, Marie, who worked in an online data-processing center. Marie used a white male avatar in the... (full context)