A Street In Bronzeville Analysis

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The author focuses on the black and feminine experience of the black women in the white society. Her feminine identity as well as her radical identity has molded her vision of the city. More important was Brook’s objective treatment of issues such as identity Crisis and racism. In the collection of A Street in Bronzeville, the characters range from the death-in-life figure of a woman in Obituary for a living lady. The unnamed woman in the poem, a person Brooks knew well. As a child she was decently wild child and as a girl she was interested in a brooch and pink powder and a curl but as a young woman she was not permitted to be with the man, whom she had fallen in spirit, was symbolized by the window in a white dress. Her purity and paleness of spirit, was symbolized by the white dress. It was one of the causes for her to be rejected by him. Here brooks has taken the conventional Scarlet woman, a figure usually associated with the corrupt, sinful city and transformed her into a positive, vital force. Brook has changed even the stereotyped and conventional aspects to the positive note. The woman in the poem did not have her own identity and was discriminated because of her color. Dreams and aspiration of the black: In Kitchenette Building Brooks expressed the social…show more content…
She did not have wealth to leave them, but she left them something perhaps equally valuable. Maud on the other hand who followed the more traditional path and went to college. Like the unnamed woman in “obituary for a living lady” , she has followed the society’s rules, but her life has lacked the vitality and fullness that makes one’s existence meaningful. Both their lives never had any recognition and they never had their own self- identity neither in the domestic nor in their social
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