Alice Sebold’s Lucky offers a first hand perspective of a victim’s life post her rape as a college freshman. She faces the struggle of legal proceedings following this event, as well as social rejection, and the rape of a close friend shortly after her own attacker is convicted. Through this emotionally and physically debilitating experience, Sebold is able to provide a refreshingly honest account of a subject that is often ignored. By doing this, she constructs and effectively conveys how a traumatic event can continue to negatively affect a person despite the achievements and support that come with it. Throughout her memoir, Sebold consistently finds herself in situations where she is ostracized, whether it is intentional or unintentional.
“I closed my eyes again remembering the way I had been hurt—remembering the pain.” (Butler 20) Dana, the main character in Octavia Butler’s Kindred stated this quote to emphasize the great amount of pain she has experienced in her life, and how focusing and remembering the pain keeps her from losing her grip on reality. Dana, takes the reader in a journey back to the slave period through the antebellum south and allows the reader to travel time through the eyes of a modern African-American woman and experience all the heartache and misery she experienced during those times. Octavia Butler’s science fiction novel Kindred explores not only the unimaginable horrors of slavery; but how those horrors and the time travel affects everyone. Dana, the main character of this novel
When darkness consumes you and the pain becomes unbearable, you look to the light, to perseverance to guide you through the nightmare you face. In Ruta Sepetys’ Salt to the Sea, one of the protagonists, Emilia, faces a myriad of emotional and physical hardships throughout the novel. With calamitous tragedies and bone-chilling circumstances, what does Emilia do? Bruised and battered, she perseveres through her hardships, showing how much a person can endure when they persist. Sepetys takes the consequences of Emilia’s pain and emotional damage to new heights with her war-themed novel; as a result of this, perseverance is articulated amongst many other traits that this character possesses, showing how imperative of a quality it is.
The speaker makes use of repetition which is a very important aspect in “Poem about my rights” where certain phrases and words are repeated numerous times. The poet uses the repetitive phrase, “I am the wrong sex, the wrong age the wrong skin...” (Jordan 8-9) for the first time, which contributes to the success of the repetition in the poem as the word “wrong” appear in the poem a few times which indicates the importance of the word in the poem. The word “wrong” refers to the victims enumerated throughout the poem as the speaker, and all other oppressed persons and nations who are victims of rape because they are viewed by their torturers to be wrong. Although the name of the poem reflects on human rights and “right and wrong” are subjects of this poem, the word “right” never comes forth in this poem although the word “wrong” is often used and repeated. Jason mentions that Jordan never says that she is right and never says that she as a person has rights although she admits that she is not
The Turning Point that Melba faced, was when she was walking up the steps into Central High school were angry segregationist mobs had forbidden her and other students to go. As stated in the text,”We stepped up the front door of Central High School and crossed the threshold to that place where angry segregationist mobs had forbidden us to go.”(Beals,37) The way Melba adapted to this Turning Point was that she accepted what was happening to her. Melba made a connection with my thesis because of her actions and everything that was happening to to her made a big impact on her
Pauline adds when she returns from Argus, “young girl had never done such a thing before” (8). When Fleur returns to the reservation, Nanapush inquires about her rape. But she simply says “Uncle, the Puyat lies” (38). She tries to hide the tragedy that had happened to her from others. She tries to overcome the crisis, she faces.
Melinda struggles to stand up to Andy and her classmates because of the fear that no one believe her. Hester faces the conflict of standing up to Roger and stopping him from tormenting Dimmesdale. “Melinda has kept the attack a secret because she is ashamed. She feels she brought it on herself, even though she tried to fight the boy off” (Constantakis). This quote describes how Melinda fights to gain power during her whole freshman year as well as when she was raped by Andy.
What really touched me about when they went to Sierra Leone was the work of the Rainbow Centre and the Family Services Unit at their local police department. The Rainbow Centre did counseling for rape and domestic violence victims and their families. Amie, who works with the International Rescue Committee, is the founder of the Rainbow Centre. When at the Family Services Unit, one girl (Fulamatu) and her mother was kicked out of the home when the little girl was raped by her uncle. Even though the uncle was not a blood relative, it was still a big deal that she was raped.
A Thousand Splendid Suns’ was written by an Afghan American writer, Khaled Hosseini. The novel narrates the strength and resilience of two women who endure physical and psychological cruelty in an anti-feminist society. It also demonstrates how The Taliban uses fear and violence to control the people of Afghanistan, particularly females. Throughout this story the novel exposes the way customs and laws endorse Rasheed’s violent misogyny and it tells the tale of two women who endure a marriage to a ruthless and brutal man, whose behaviour forces them to kill him. The protagonist Mariam is a poor villager who lives in a remote area in Afghanistan, in contrast to Laila who is a smart, educated daughter of a schoolteacher.
Therefore, it is important to trace the long recorded history of human slavery, prostitution and sale of women for sexual exploitation to see how far the practices in the past account for the position of women in present day society and reinforce toleration of assaults on the dignity of women by sexual violence and forced prostitution . Various prose, poetical and dramatical works and numerous erotic painting and sculptures refer to unrestrained sex practices since remote ages. There are passages in the Rig Veda which demonstrate its existence in the Vedic age. The Muslim conquest over India lead to large scale atrocities on women, which continued during the Mughal period.Women who were sexually assaulted by these invading rulers and other filthy men were forced to become prostitutes as they were not accepted in the Hindu society as women of right moral character. The traces of this thought process are still evident in our modern society.
Ida B. Wells-Barnett targeted racism and segregation through the world of journalism. For example, In the article Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931) that was reprinted from the National Women 's History Museums cyber exhibit, author Kristina Gupta stated, wells-Barnett published scornful stories about lynching 's and injustice acts that took place in Memphis. She understood how powerful her words were so, she used her press to uncover the rotten truth about the sexual and racial challenges in the south. Being a woman of color herself she knew firsthand the struggles African Americans had to endure daily. For instance, in the article Ida B. Wells- Barnett (1862-1931) author Kristina Gupta also said, Wells- Barnett was forced out of coach
Yesterday morning Mumtaz found her hanging from the rafters” (McCormick 152). The little girl could not take the psychological pressure that was brought upon her, and so she gave her own life to avoid it. This shows that the sex trafficking industry can mentally break people, and the ones who get out alive from the brothels are usually traumatized for the rest of their lives. After finally being freed, “Some girls who are trafficked choose to remain prostitutes for life because their home villages will not accept them” (Ruffins). This is also shown in the book Sold, with Monica not being accepted back to her village after returning.