Same Kind of Different as Me

Same Kind of Different as Me

by

Ron Hall and Denver Moore

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Big Mama Character Analysis

Big Mama is Denver and Thurman’s grandmother who raises them in their early years. Though Big Mama’s description is scant, she is Denver’s best friend as a young child and he loves doing special favors for her. In return, Big Mama always has little gifts for Denver, such as bottle caps to make toy truck wheels out of. Sadly, big Mama is killed in a house fire when Denver and Thurman are young, so heavily sedated with pain pills that she could not wake in time to escape being burned alive. Big Mama’s death is Denver’s earliest remembered loss of a family member.

Big Mama Quotes in Same Kind of Different as Me

The Same Kind of Different as Me quotes below are all either spoken by Big Mama or refer to Big Mama. 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:
Slavery and Racism Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Thomas Nelson edition of Same Kind of Different as Me published in 2006.
Chapter 10 Quotes

Things was a-changin. Uncle James took sick and died, and Aunt Etha moved away. Last time I seen her, she was cryin. I couldn’t figure out why God kept takin all the folks I loved the most.

Related Characters: Denver Moore (speaker), Big Mama, Uncle James, Aunt Etha, BB
Page Number: 47
Explanation and Analysis:
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Big Mama Character Timeline in Same Kind of Different as Me

The timeline below shows where the character Big Mama appears in Same Kind of Different as Me. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
Slavery and Racism Theme Icon
Reconciliation Theme Icon
...explains that he never knew his mama and was raised by his grandparents PawPaw and Big Mama . Due to poverty, black families often have unusual arrangements, with children being raised by... (full context)
Slavery and Racism Theme Icon
Denver and his brother Thurman live with Big Mama and PawPaw in a three-room shack with a cracked floor showing open earth below it.... (full context)
Slavery and Racism Theme Icon
...old, he wakes in the middle of the night to find the house on fire. Big Mama had taken her pills before going to sleep, and it seems no else has woken.... (full context)
Slavery and Racism Theme Icon
...the chimney and to the roof. Ducking below the smoke, coughing and sputtering, he finds Big Mama in her room, still lying in bed. Denver screams in her ear and shakes her... (full context)
Chapter 5
Christian Faith Theme Icon
Denver continues the story of his childhood. After Big Mama ’s house burns down, someone takes Thurman and Denver to live with their daddy, BB.... (full context)
Slavery and Racism Theme Icon
...for another Man. Denver works hard and plays with his brother, but the loss of Big Mama still pains him. (full context)