Recitatif

Joseph is the son of James and Twyla. We learn little about him, other than that he doesn’t seem to mind being bused to another school, prefers to watch TV rather than study at home while the schools are closed, and hangs Twyla’s sign reading “HOW WOULD YOU KNOW?” in his room.

Joseph Benson Quotes in Recitatif

The Recitatif quotes below are all either spoken by Joseph Benson or refer to Joseph Benson. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the HarperCollins edition of Recitatif published in 1998.
Recitatif Quotes

Joseph was on the list of kids to be transferred from the junior high school to another one at some far-out-of-the-way place and I thought it was a good thing until I heard it was a bad thing. I mean I didn't know. All the schools seemed dumps to me, and the fact that one was nicer looking didn't hold much weight. But the papers were full of it and then the kids began to get jumpy.

Related Characters: Twyla (speaker), Joseph Benson
Page Number: 220
Explanation and Analysis:

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Joseph Benson Character Timeline in Recitatif

The timeline below shows where the character Joseph Benson appears in Recitatif. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Outsiders, Outcasts, and the Unwanted Theme Icon
Childhood vs. Adulthood Theme Icon
...herself to buy are Klondike bars. She notes that both her father-in-law and her son (Joseph) love them. (full context)
Friendship vs. Family Theme Icon
Outsiders, Outcasts, and the Unwanted Theme Icon
Childhood vs. Adulthood Theme Icon
Race and Prejudice Theme Icon
...sure what she thinks and receives no help figuring it out from James. Their son, Joseph, is on a list of students to be bused to another school, though Twyla doesn’t... (full context)
Friendship vs. Family Theme Icon
Outsiders, Outcasts, and the Unwanted Theme Icon
Sickness and Disability Theme Icon
Childhood vs. Adulthood Theme Icon
Race and Prejudice Theme Icon
...eventually, Twyla does the same. Classes are suspended for six weeks. Twyla attempts to tutor Joseph at home, but he and the other children in the neighborhood can’t concentrate and just... (full context)
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Outsiders, Outcasts, and the Unwanted Theme Icon
Sickness and Disability Theme Icon
Childhood vs. Adulthood Theme Icon
Race and Prejudice Theme Icon
Twyla looks for Roberta at Joseph’s graduation, but doesn’t see her. She continues to dwell on the question of whether or... (full context)