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Synopsis[ edit ] After she becomes dissatisfied with the inconsistencies of the answers the missionary who has converted her gives to her questions, the girl leaves to wander in the forest, searching for God.
One by one, she actually meets several versions of "God"—from the vengeful deity of the early books of the Bible, to the philosophical version of the Book of Job. She lookjng meets two versions of Jesus —a kindly but ineffective young man, and another who makes a living by posing for an artist depicting him on a cross.
Muhammadand the Muslim view of God, fares no better.
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She disposes of them wo,an, first and last, by trenchant logic and the occasional skilled use of her knobkerry. Eventually she meets an old gentleman who like Voltaire persuades her to seek God by working in a garden. He eventually persuades her to abandon her quest, settle down with a "coarse" red-headed Irishman and rear a "charmingly coffee-coloured" family.
Only after the children are grown and gone does she her searching, and by then her "strengthened mental powers take her far beyond the stage at which there is fun in smashing idols ". Satire[ edit ] The Black Girl, as protagonist, serves the same purpose as Christian in John Bunyan 's The Pilgrim's Progress ; that is to say her own "inner", or "spiritual" life is represented as a series of physical events and encounters. The over-all tone of the argument is agnostic : through all the rejection of false gods there remains an implied conviction that there is a true god to find: at the end of the work the girl, now an old woman, s her search rather than finally abandoning it.
Her intellectual powers and red-blooded humanity are contrasted with the "white" characters—especially the insipid missionary woman who "converted" her in the first place, and her thoroughly non-intellectual husband.
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This use of a superior person supposed by popular prejudice blqck be inferior, both by her sex and her race, is paralleled by the character of "The Negress"—a powerful figure in The Thing Happens, which is the third part of Back to Methuselah. A reprinting including Black Girl, already serialized inalong with a companion essay that disclaimed the supernatural origin of the Bible.
In the essay, Shaw declares the Bible to be a book without divine authority—but still important for its ethical messages and valuable as history. This section needs expansion.
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You can help by adding to it. April Reaction[ edit ] Both the story and the essay outraged the religious public, creating a demand that supported five reprintings.
Shaw exacerbated the general furore by proposing intermarriage of blacks and whites as a solution to racial problems in South Africa. This was taken as a bad joke in Britain and as blasphemy in Nazi Germany. A light-hearted riposte appeared in a similarly-presented volume, The Adventures of the White Girl in her Search for God by Charles Herbert Maxwell which showed a modern young woman wielding a niblick on the cover. This book advanced different views of what is really taught by Christianity, defending orthodox Christian doctrine, and deflected the racial construct presented by Shaw.
The story involves the modern white girl meeting Shaw and the black girl.
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She follows Shaw to meet H. WellsAldous Huxley and other authors, discussing their various views of God. Every so often she hits Shaw with her niblick. Kazi was published in by A.
This was a liberal Muslim reply which argued that the monotheistic view of the divine existed throughout history, and thus that "every prophet preached Islam in its theistic aspects". Hammond later said that she had stil push to get the part, as the casting director objected that she was not sufficiently black to play the character.