Chains Character Essay How is it that an entire society can envision their future in freedom when one girl can’t? Chains, Laurie Halse Anderson’s award winning book is a compelling historical fiction story that will show instead of tell you the tear jerking truth about slavery, whilst keeping you at the edge of your seat wanting to continue on your literary journey with every page awaiting your arrival. Because she’s gullible, and superstitious Isabel’s negative characteristics are obstacles in the path of her finding her freedom. Despite these flaws her resilience is able to help her win against slavery.
Her family’s abolitionists beliefs and activity in the “ Underground Railroad” directed her to where she was in 1852 when she wrote a novel telling the stories of three slaves that would split the country into controversy. Uncle Tom’s Cabin told the stories of Uncle Tom, Eliza, and George. In her book Harriet displayed the struggles of runaway slaves and the troubles black slaves had to face everyday with slavery. In only two weeks it’s popularity had grew and it became the outbreak of the nation.
She shows how strength comes in in all different manners. Power can come from a person 's physical features, through good deeds, or money. Janie 's hair is an example of a woman 's power, and Hurston uses Janie 's hair as a way to introduce the idea that strength causes conflict in the world. Hurston used this conflict throughout the book warn society about how it could be running itself off the rails, and by giving an early warning Hurston shows that she believes that society will be able to correct its own course by becoming more accepting. Zora Neale Hurston uses a woman 's suffering as well as black inequality to warn the world about their inherent fate.
Jamaica Kincaid 's A Small Place examines the historical/social context of how Antiguans dealt racism through slavery after an oppressive European colonization. Kincaid reveals that European colonization resulted in Antigua dealing with injustice such as corruption and poverty. She argues Europeans and Americans traveling to Antigua are focused on the beautiful scenery, which is not a correct representation of the day to day lives of Antiguans. Although racism has many negative effects, Kincaid seemed to state the benefits of Europeans’ colonialism and how it contributed to her life such by introducing the English language and the library that helped her to become a writer. Kincaid states that we “cannot get over the past, cannot forgive and cannot forget” (26); therefore, Kincaid feels that the past influences the present.
Indeed, the act of naming continues in Morrison’s novel as it becomes the women’s tool of empowerment. As the head of the Convent, Connie who is later on known as Consolata, chooses to provide the females with new names. This act of naming stands in dialogic opposition to the demonizing names given by the men of Ruby. Starting by Gigi, she is the uncontrolled one who exceeds limits and norms according to men’s views. At the Convent she is no longer Gigi, her name is altered to a peaceful one that is associated with God’s mercy and compassion.
In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston utilizes figurative language to express how relationships and experiences influence self discovery. Hurston creates mesmerizing literature through skillfully implementing elements such as personification and symbolism. Their Eyes Were Watching God exemplifies Hurston’s courageousness to speak the unaccepted truths about society. Hurston details Janie’s development into womanhood using symbolism and personification.
“How to Tell a True War Story” and “Ambush” are stories that both explore on topics: truth, the real definition of a true war story, and the role of truth. O 'Brien starts off “How to Tell a True War Story” with “This is true.” Starting this story with such a bold sentence not only makes it seem more true, but to some extent, it acts as a comfort statement to the narrator’s own doubts, as if there were unspeakable uncertainties and lies of the narrator. The title of this story also comes into play, with a meta-fictional name “How to Tell a True War Story”, as if it were a guide, a manual, having a true war story tell the readers how to tell a true war story. However ironically, towards the middle of the story, us as
In one of Octavia Butler’s most well known books, Dana a struggling black author is yanked back in time to the antebellum south multiple times to save the life of her white slave-owning ancestor Rufus Weylin. When literary critics examined this piece of science fiction, many were motivated to write papers on a myriad of subjects in the book’s less than 300 pages. Scholarship on Octavia Butler’s Kindred has evolved from primarily focusing on how the novel connects its readers to the past to addressing more modern concerns of how African American culture and people are represented and viewed, as well as third wave feminism. One of the earliest scholarly articles on Octavia Butler’s Kindred is Lisa Long discussing how unknowable history is for
Women in the 1890s were expected to work at home to keep their husbands comfortable and bear him children. Kate Chopin wrote most of her short stories during this time period. Her stories “A Respectable Woman” and “A Story of an Hour” show a female protagonist who want their freedom and control over their own lives. Her characters pushed the bounds of the roles that society gave them and showed the brutal reality of how women were treated in the 1890s. In “A Respectable Woman” the female protagonist Mrs. Baroda is married and lives on a plantation with her husband, who invites a friend to spend a week or two with them.
Anne developed a unique writing style that relied on metaphors and dialogue, both techniques most likely developed from her literary way of looking at the world as a young girl. Braden’s memoir about the sedition case, The Wall Between, is a metaphor in itself. Braden continually refers to a wall between blacks and whites and the negative effects its division has on the people of both sides. She uses this and other metaphors as a means to simplify ideas, like that of racial unity to overcome segregation: “For it can’t be crashed through – not from your side alone” (Braden, The Wall Between 8). In “Free Thomas Wansley” and The Wall Between, Braden recounts conversations like dialogue in a novel as a way to make her writing more approachable and vivid, something that is key to impacting her
From the first paragraph of Bell Hooks’s, “Seeing and Making Culture: Representing the Poor,” she establishes her connection to the subject in which she’s about to discuss more in depth. Though she begins by saying, “[c]ultural critiques rarely talk about the poor,” the middle of her first paragraph transitions smoothly into her own experience of being labeled as “poor” and the negative connotation accompanied with that (Hooks, 432). Specifically, she mentions Cornel West and his collection of essays relative to the time of post-modern times, narrowing down on an essay called “The Black Underclass and Black Philosophers.” By referencing his writing, she includes proof that even distinguished writers worm their way around seemingly undesirable
While reforms for women 's rights exposed such strengths and weaknesses of democracy in the nineteenth-century society,Abolition reform movements also revealed mostly the weakness of democracy in society. There were some groups that were ,arguably,interested in African American Abolition in consideration of the American Colonization society ,though they had no intention of granting them rights in this country;The Grimke sisters and Female anti-slavery society did recognize that both groups (Women and African Americans) deserved a voice in their society ,yet most of the brunt of abolitionist sentiment and abolition reform movements came from free African American abolitionists. There were at least fifty African American abolitionists societies created in the north that spreaded abolitionism through annual conventions featuring speakers like Frederick Douglas,Harriet Tubman,And Sojourner Truth ;And popular African American literature such as the wide spread pamphlet,Appeal to the colored citizens of the world Written by David Walker,that promoted slave rebellion,and the first African American newspaper titled Freedom 's journal. The most famous anti-slavery reformers group being the American Anti-Slavery society headed by William Lloyd Garrison who wrote the radical paper:Liberator, that spoke of slavery as sinful and needing to be abolished immediately,striking personally and morally into the hearts of those who read it through its revivalist style. Through Garrison and
She took charge and made everyone work in the fields, something only slaves did before the war. She, herself, bought a lumber mill and became a shrewd business woman who would sell bad lumber at a good price to unsuspecting customers if she thought she could get away it it. She learned how to budget and cook and take care of the house to ensure their survival. Without the Civil War destroying her old way of life, it would not have been necessary for Scarlett to become a leader. The hardships she faced during and after the war forced her to take a position as the head of the family in order to endure.
In Excerpt 3, it talks about how Frederick’s new mistress started out nice and kind until Slavery turns her into a new cruel person. The mistress teaches Frederick how to read and write the ABC. She, however, was forced to stop teaching Frederick and so Frederick started to trade bread for lessons by kids. In Excerpt 3, Paragraph 2, Frederick tells us; “My new mistress proved to be all she appeared when I first met her at the door,—a woman of the kindest heart and finest feelings. She had never had a slave under her control previously to myself, and prior to her marriage she had been dependent upon her own industry for a living.