The Sellout

by

Paul Beatty

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The Sellout: Closure Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
On the day after “the black dude” was inaugurated, Foy drove around waving an American flag. The narrator asked him why, pointing out the ongoing injustice in America. Foy shook his head and told him that he would never understand. The narrator says that Foy was right: “I never will.”
This passage reemphasizes the narrator’s uncertainty, but—through the contrasting depiction of Foy’s jingoism, particularly with what we know of Foy’s approach to race—suggests that uncertainty is perhaps the superior approach.
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