Alice’s uncle and Melanie’s father. Frank can’t seem to “escape the counter-effects of colonialism,” and he is ecstatic when Melanie marries a white man. He sees his son-in-law’s white skin as a sort of status symbol that will gain him respect from others. Frank’s opinions are a stark contrast from those of Alice’s mother, Kien, who believes that a white son-in-law (a “white ghost”) is the worst thing imaginable.
Uncle Frank Character Timeline in Unpolished Gem
The timeline below shows where the character Uncle Frank appears in Unpolished Gem. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Melanie’s father loves her new husband. “The white skin did the trick” because Uncle Frank “can never escape the counter-effects of colonialism.” He tells the family that when Melanie takes... (full context)