Mrs. Johnson is an African American mother of two, Dee and Maggie Johnson. Mrs. Johnsons exposition informs the reader of both her appearance as well as her dreams of how she looked. The mother is not feminine, but instead manly and overweight with rough hands. Mrs. Johnson is highly skilled in butchering, and can slaughter an animal just as well as a man. She informs the reader she dreams, I am the way my daughter would want me to be: a hundred pounds lighter, my skin like an uncooked barley pancake. My hair glistens in the hot bright lights (7). In this she is not only hinting at Dees superficial view of life, but also at wanting to impress her daughter and feel worthy. Mrs. Johnson had a challenging upbringing being poorly educated,
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