Warriors Don’t Cry

by

Melba Beals

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Conrad Character Analysis

Melba’s younger brother. He has a bedroom “cluttered with pieces and parts of things” including “strange trucks, glass jars of crawly bugs, and a wooden train” that their father built for him. Conrad likes to count marbles, put puzzles together, and play Monopoly. Melba recalls that she and her brother shared a sadness about their father’s absence. It is Conrad who discovers his sister shortly after a stranger tries to rape her.

Conrad Quotes in Warriors Don’t Cry

The Warriors Don’t Cry quotes below are all either spoken by Conrad or refer to Conrad. 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 Simon Pulse edition of Warriors Don’t Cry published in 2007.
Chapter 11 Quotes

“Melba likes suffering and doing without; that’s why she goes to Central. But why do I have to?” “Where did you get a notion like that about your sister?” “Clark said that’s what his folks say because Sis stays in that white school, being mistreated every day.” “Her staying there means she has made a promise that she intends to keep, because she told God she would and she doesn’t want to let herself and God down,” Mother Lois said, walking over to look Conrad in the eye. “So you must explain that to Clark the next time he inquires about your sister’s motives.”

Related Characters: Grandma India (speaker), Conrad (speaker)
Page Number: 133
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Epilogue Quotes

“How does the city look to you now?” I answer the question to myself. Very different from when I lived here. Today I could not find my way around its newly built freeways, its thriving industrial complexes, its racially mixed, upscale suburban sprawl. It is a town that now boasts a black woman mayor. My brother, Conrad, is the first and only black captain of the Arkansas State Troopers—the same troopers that held me at bay as a teenager when I tried to enter Central.

Related Characters: Melba Pattillo Beals (speaker), Conrad
Page Number: 225
Explanation and Analysis:
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Conrad Character Timeline in Warriors Don’t Cry

The timeline below shows where the character Conrad appears in Warriors Don’t Cry. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Racism and Living Under Jim Crow Theme Icon
...there with her mother, Lois, her grandmother, India, her father, Howell, and her younger brother, Conrad. In the front hallway, there are tall mahogany bookcases that hold volumes of Shakespeare, Chaucer,... (full context)
Chapter 2 
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When they arrive at Melba’s house, her brother, Conrad, sees her first and wonders about what happened to her face and why her clothes... (full context)
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Grandma India tells Melba not to tell anyone about nearly being raped, especially not Conrad. She tells Melba to pray for her potential rapist, asking God to forgive him and... (full context)
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Melba prepares to go to Cincinnati, Ohio with Mother Lois, Grandma India, and Conrad to visit her Uncle Clancey. Melba regards Cincinnati as “the promised land” due to the... (full context)
Chapter 7
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The Cost of Non-Conformity Theme Icon
Conrad rushes in next to greet Melba. His friend, Clark, had told him that she was... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...need or use, as well as two things very dear to them. Grandma India asks Conrad to give up his train, which he insists on keeping, and uses Melba’s example of... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Passive vs. Violent Resistance Theme Icon
The Cost of Non-Conformity Theme Icon
Relationships, Romance, and Empathy  Theme Icon
...such as keeping calm in one’s own mind no matter what is going on outside. Conrad yells from the hallway that someone is on the phone for Melba. She hopes it... (full context)
Epilogue
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...how Little Rock has changed. The town has its first black woman mayor. Her brother, Conrad, is the first and only black captain of the Arkansas State Troopers—the same troopers who... (full context)