Warriors Don’t Cry

by

Melba Beals

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Howell Character Analysis

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Howell Character Timeline in Warriors Don’t Cry

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Chapter 1
Racism and Living Under Jim Crow Theme Icon
...niggers.” Lois does not argue with the nurse, out of fear of costing her husband, Howell, his job. She begins Melba’s treatment herself and, within two days, Melba’s condition improves. (full context)
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...During her early childhood, she lives 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... (full context)
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Melba’s father, Howell, works on the Missouri Pacific Railroad “as a hostler’s helper.” Lois constantly encourages him... (full context)
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...on a shopping spree there with the money from their earnings from the week. When Howell looks over the bill, he notices that the family is overcharged by twenty-two dollars—more than... (full context)
Chapter 2 
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...black applicants. Melba reflects on how Mother Lois gave up on trying to convince Melba’s father, Howell, to return to university. They divorced when she was seven. (full context)
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...clothes that Melba was wearing. While in the bathtub, Melba hears the adults, including her father, arguing about how to handle the situation. Howell insists that they not call the police... (full context)
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The Cost of Non-Conformity Theme Icon
They get a phone call from Melba’s father, saying that Melba has been chosen to integrate Central. A news announcer says that seventeen... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Melba’s father, Howell, whom she calls “Papa Will,” also comes over for the holiday. When he and... (full context)