All his life he had had a fondness for things--not the acquisition of wealth or beautiful objects, but a genuine love of worn objects:
This speaks to a common theme through the book, the desire to fill the void in you life left by self hate. For Soaphead, someone who’s life has been full of generations of denile, the objects are full of history; an undeniable history that he feels and sees everywhere.
Self hatred and denile does not alwayse result in a need for human connection, it can spiral into a pit of self loathing that gives one an aversion to anything even with a slight humman influence. Geraldine spent her entire doing the best she could do appear as white as possible. She used all the right products, carried herself the right and constantly had herself in check as not to appear uncouth. She was so obsessed with what she had become, that she even created her own class, “collared”. Though it was not her original word, Geraldine was the first to make a distinction between “black” and “collared”. By creating this gap, she separated herself from “black” people, but she would never be white. She alienated herself from the realitiss of society, which left her with nothing to think about other than how much the resented her skin color. As the resentment built so did her isolation, she bought stuff to fill the space in her life, but the only thing she felt like she could relate to was her cat. Her relationship with her cat boarded on inappropriate; but her cat was the only company that did not judge her, and her cat was blissfully not human.
Much like the clean white girls that Soaphead molests; innocent beings who do not know any better.
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