FRQ#1 “The Century Quilt” The poem “The Century Quilt” written by Marilyn Nelson Waniek is a poem written through the eyes of a girl obsessed with a quilt which holds centuries of memories. As the poem starts the develop, the message of the main character’s story is expressed through Nelson’s use of hyperboles and imagery. Other elements of the poem such as the structure and tone create and help achieve the deeper message of the poem. The exaggerations used throughout the poem help emphasize the deeper meaning of the quilt and demonstrate the main character’s love that she has developed for a such a simple thing. Nelson states in the second stanza, “Now I’ve found a quilt I’d like to die under,” the use of the writer's dramatic diction helps the reader develop and understand the emotions and the memories that the blanket has created for the reader.
In line 21 she states, “I think I’d have good dreams..” which then shifts to the dreams she imagines Meema had with the quilt. She believed Meema had dreams consisting of when “all of the beautiful sisters giggled and danced” and “trailing after her father through his Oklahoma field” (31-32 and 34-35). The heavy use of imagery reflects the speaker’s zeal tone on how her interpretation of the past, present, and future coincides with the
“Then we check out that we on Fifth Avenue and everybody dressed up in stockings. One lady in a fur coat hot as it is. White folks crazy.” (Bambara). The author put this in the story to show that the children live in poverty. They are not use to being around wealthy people and expensive things.
“Everyday Use” by Alice Walker is a story told by an African American woman who receives a visit from her daughter Dee. Mama, along with her other daughter Maggie, live a poor life in the South while Dee has created a successful life for herself. Mama and Maggie clinch to their roots and heritage while Dee would rather get as far away as possible. Upon her return home Dee draws her attention to a specific quilt. The particular quilt and the title of the short story are the centers of what it means to encompass one’s culture into their everyday life.
“Nineteen”, by Elizabeth Alexander uses language and tone to form a multi-sensory poem about remembering her youth and desire to connect to her past Vietnam vet lover. These aspects of language and tone are embedded in the outer form of the poem, as the author forms an imaginative recreation of her young adult life, which directly impacts the reader to allow for an enjoyable simple read. The elements of language and tone formation ensure the translation of Alexander’s emotions or feelings of her youth for the audience to relate and understand. In the first place, the language within “Nineteen” is casual and not really poetic. This free-flowing language usage is seen through the three stanzas, as modern and allow ease in terms of reading for
Simone de Beauvoir a literary critic analyzed Louise Anderson’s “A Raisin in the Sun” and the black matriarchal stereotypes. The American Black woman in this case mama faces a daily struggle in the Southside of Chicago. The First black matriarchal stereotype presented to the reader, as black males are not independent. Anderson uses the example of mama and how she interacts with her son and daughter in law. The second stereotype as black matriarch being “very religious.” As well as being a mother, mama is focused on her children by giving up everything.
Once this confrontation happens, the grandmother first attempts to be saved for her impending fate was stating “You wouldn’t shoot a lady, would you?” (O’Connor pg. 208) and acting helpless by taking her handkerchief and wiping her eyes with it. This demonstrates to the reader just how desperate the grandmother is to escape and also displaying how she is willing to act so falsely to demonstrate to the misfit how much of a lady she is, when in reality she nothing but selfish and inconsiderate of others. The author starts to relay this repetition of the grandmother attempts to escape the misfit and also sets an atmosphere between the grandmother and misfit. One example of this is found when the misfit partners take bailey and Wesley away, the grandmother pretends to act devastated and cries out for baily but to the reader’s amusement the grandmother is looking at the misfit the whole time, almost trying to convince him about her lady like virtue of caring of family.
“I could easily tell the white folks/that we lived uptown” (7-8). She has the ability to hide her economic position and feign herself as an upper class white girl. Hiding her real position “not in that pink and green/ shanty-fied shotguns section/along the tracks…” (9-10). She feels embarrass living on the side of town she lives in, that sounds that is mostly a black community and is the slum area of the town. Her second lie describing how she “could act/like homemade dresses/came straight out of the window/of Maison Blanche” (11-14).
“In Their Eyes Were Watching God, the novel is a brilliant study of black folk and their language, their stories, and their mannerisms. All of this works symbolically as a measure of the characters ' integrity and freedom, which in turn demonstrates a contrast to the image of the carefree, ‘happy darky’ that prevailed in the fiction of many American novelists” ("Zora Neale Hurston." Notable Black American Women). In the novel, Hurston explores the gender roles of African American women during this time period. It follow the story of a young lady named Janie, who was struggling to fit in the world.
The movie clearly exposes the many ways that the human dignity of African- American maids was ignored. They had suffered daily embarrassment but were able to claim their own way dignity. The film described about empowerment of individuals as well as about social justice for a group. It is a moving story depicting dehumanization in a racist culture but also the ability to move beyond the unjust structures of society and to declare the value of every human being. A young college graduate, Skeeter, returns home to be with her ailing mother, and in her ambition to succeed as a writer, turns to the black maids she knows.
In the article "In Search of Identity in Cisneros 's The House on Mango Street” Maria Elena de Valdes describes Esperanza as “a young girl surrounded by examples of abused, defeated, worn-out women, but the woman she wants to be must be free’’ (de Valdes). Esperanza desires to be like the woman in the movies “with red red lips who is beautiful and cruel” (88). Esperanza witnesses the abuse of her female neighbors by their husbands and wants to become sexually independent, not subjugated by any man. Esperanza does not want to “grow up tame like the others who lay their necks on the threshold waiting for the ball and chain” (87). After dinner, Esperanza “leaves the table like a man, without putting back the chair or picking up the plate,” (89) revealing her aspiration to be strong and independent.
I live in Atlanta, Georgia which is very close to South Carolina. I have always had an interest in social justice and family policy. I have a passion for fighting for injustice in society. When I heard of Jasmine 's accomplishment it reminded me of how far we have come in society, yet how much more work there is to be done in the area of social justice. We live in a day and age where we see so many negative portrayals of African American women in this country compared with so few positive broadcasts
Gwendolyn Brooks, a world renowned poet, made it her life’s purpose to create changes in the lives of others. “Born June 7, 1917, in Topeka, Kansas” (Contemporary Authors Online 1) her family moved to Chicago when she was very young. Growing up on the south side, Brooks saw the daily struggles that blacks faced. There was a lot of racial tension building, as many more blacks pushed back against oppression. Brooks was, “Deeply involved with black life, black pain and black spirits” (Lee 2).