RACHEL MORSE’S NEGOTIATING AS THE EFFECT OF DOUBLE CONSCIOUSNESS IN DURROW’S THE GIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY

Lia Indri Hapsari

DOI: https://doi.org/10.23917/kls.v1i2.3646

Abstract

Racism towards African-American brings many impacts to African-
American people’s life, especially who have ever experienced it. One of
some psychological effects that experienced by African-American is double
consciousness experience that could be explored in Durrow’s The Girl Who Fell
from the Sky. Double consciousness phenomenon is found in the main character
of the novel named Rachel Morse, a daughter of white mother and African-
American father, who has identity problem in her new society. This study aims
to attend the identity negotiation of Rachel as the result of double consciousness
she experienced using double consciousness theory by W.E.B. Du Bois. This
study reveals that Rachel Morse who experience double consciousness has to
negotiate her biracial identity in American society who still believe in ‘one-drop’
rule so that she could fit in the society. The practice of racism and stereotype
forms need to be reduced to make a better living for African-American and
biracial people in the United States.

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