African-American author Toni Morrison 's book, Beloved, describes a black culture born out of a dehumanising period of slavery just after the Civil War. Culture is a means of how a group collectively believe, act, and interact on a daily basis. Those who have studied her work refer to Morrison 's narrative tales as “literature…that addresses the sacred and as an allegorical representation of black experience” (Baker-Fletcher 1993: 2). Although African Americans had a difficult time establishing their own culture during the period of slavery when they were considered less than human, Morrison believes that black culture has been built on the horrors of the past and it is this history that has shaped contemporary black culture in a positive way. Through the use of linguistic devices, her representation of black women, imagery and symbolic features, and the theme of interracial relations, Morrison illustrates that black culture that is resilient, vibrant, independent, and determined.
“You’re the people’s poet,” said Malcolm X to Maya Angelou in a letter exchange. Indeed, Angelou was the people’s poet. She truly knew how to relate to others’ feelings and struggles, which the common themes in her work were identity, family and racism. For the longest period of her life, she has been a pioneer in the African American poetry and an advocate of the Civil Rights movement. Moreover, her ability to relate others may come from her own experience.
This poem tackles the idea of equal rights and respect of those different than one. A theme in this poem is the ability to overcome in confidence. Maya Angelou, a confident African American, uses poetry to overcome oppression that she faces. She starts the poem saying, “you may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies” (Angelou). This implies that Angelou has a name worth writing down in history, she has a well known place in history.
The women she worked for, Mrs. Cullinan forgot her name to show power over Maya, to show superiority of races; Mrs. Cullinan was white and Maya was African American. Throughout life Maya always found the courage to stand up and show resistance against racism, this was how she found her inner strength and this is how she found her place in society. Maya never stopped no matter the decrease of racism in society, there will always be someone, that one person who is still a racist. To prevent from furthering this issue and to keep it contained and well managed America needs people to continue to resist and stand up against
The protagonists in the novel are constantly being abused physically and mentally by their cynical husband. With this theme he also explores the inequality among men and women. Hosseini uses his powerful words to describe the horrors that women undergo through during their marriage. The theme of Spousal abuse also allows the reader to recognize and understand men 's superiority in
We have gone through periods of feudalism . People have to live in the state pf poverty, lack of inferior material .Most notable is the miserable life of the women who suffered brutal violence, mistreatment as an animal . That problem doesn’t just happen in the past, but they still happen until now . So what led to the issue of women suffer violence even in war and now? The answer is because of the thought of man, they despise women.
Winifred Morgan’s article, “Gender-Related Difference in the Slave Narratives of Harriet Jacobs and Frederick Douglass”, examines multiple fundamental differences between male and female slave narratives. Morgan says, “However, given the pervasive impact of the ‘social organization of the relationship between sexes’, gender influenced even the way in which bondage was experienced; men and women experienced it in different ways.” (n.pag) Women in slavery not only faced dehumanization, but sexual harassment and rape as well. A slave woman dealing with these aspects daily could break down their life into pieces and destroy their personhood for their whole life. Jacobs writes, “The remembrance fills me with sorrow and shame. It pains me to tell you the truth, and I will do it honestly, let it cost me what it may.
In The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood explores how the structure of a dystopian society, the Republic of Gilead, that severely oppresses women relies on female characters’ internalized misogyny. Atwood investigates how both men and women contribute to the perpetuation of a vicious cycle. While critics and readers alike recognize the cruel treatment of women at the hands of men in Atwood’s dystopian society, the novel illustrates how women’s complicity allows misogyny to run even deeper in society. Atwood’s novel showcases the cruel treatment of women in society. By exploring the range of ways women contribute to the perpetuation of Gilead, Atwood’s fictional dystopia, Atwood asserts that women contribute to their own oppression.
As a result of the Harlem Renaissance, Afro-American genre came up as a literary genre as ‘the spring of Afro-American voice’. They realized that their Utopian ideals would not be achieved without paying attention to the relationships between Black men and women. Alice Walker, a feminist writer also belongs to the same Black community and has undergone this class, social racism and sexual oppression and knows well the pain of the Black women. Through her writings and characters, she has portrayed the marginalized life of the Black women and revealed the typical Afro-American society. Her writings brought an awareness of the system of violent racism of the South and the effects of it on the Black.
The term is associated with the ostracised section of the society particularly used for the weaker section of the society i.e. women. The position of female as subaltern is miserable. Patriarchy is the prime obstacle to women’s advancement and development. Among women, widows are the doubly oppressed as they become the prey of patriarchy as well as of religion.