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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Passing and its effect on the individual is one of the themes that Michelle Cliff explores in her book, The Land of Look Behind. Passing is a recurring theme in much of the literature written by people of color both past and present. In much of this literature passing is detrimental to the character. In her attempt to hide her color, Clare Kendry from Nella Larsen's Passing destroys her inner self long before her actual death. When a person does not have a developed sense of self-identity, the self can be lost within any situation.
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