My mother and her cousin like to reminisce about the night that the lights went out in Hurricane. Old tales about 17-25 in a small storm house that normally held 6-8 people became packed as the ominous skies foretold the approaching disaster. Our cousins at the epicenter of the storm had tied a rope on the door. It took six grown men to keep the door from being sucked out by the vortex. Now two community storm houses are located at Hurricane Baptist and the fire department near the old school grounds.
Judging a book by its cover is an often used term that people use to describe a situation where many people are stereotypical. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a book written about racism and discrimination, is projecting this lesson. This story is written in the narrative of a woman named Scout, who tells her tale of a specific story when she was a young child. It takes place in the 1930’s in Maycomb County of Alabama, where discrimination is typical and normal for the town to do. Jem, a mysterious, curious, and maturing brother to Scout, gets fascinated by what Atticus, his father, does for a living.
The 1939 famous epic film "Gone with the Wind" by David Selznick, is cinema 's most appreciable film produced in a three-strip technicolor. It reveals the events of the civil war that took place in the Old South region of South America. The classic tale was directed by Victor Fleming and is regarded as one of the greatest movies of all time. Love-hate romance is the most dominant in the film where Scarlett O 'Hara, the unassailable heroine struggles to seek true love during chaotic times where her town is plagued by civil war for several years. Eventually, she is compelled to seek refuge at the plantation Tara to protect herself and her family from the warfare (Selznick, “Gone with the Wind”).
The towns and countryside of American are plagues with a range of tragedies that most residents believe to be as a result of witchcraft. When we are first introduced to the lead in the series, he is a young assistant/clerk to the itinerant judge Isaac Woodward. Over the course of a few years, he develops a passion for justice and love and is sent by his employers to a range of locations to uncover truth and confront evil forces threatening the innocent. The first novel in the series Speaks the Nightbird is set in 1600 The Carolinas where the residents of Fount Royal are convinced that their city is cursed due to its many tragedies. Seeking a scapegoat, their wrath falls on Rachel Howarth, a beautiful widow that they demand be executed for practicing witchcraft.
Beloved a powerful novel that represents the awful history behind slavery, and exposes the damaging effects it had on the individuals that witnessed it. The novel, set in the Post-Civil war in Ohio is that of a sad victory story. “124” the powerful place in which the ex-slaves express extreme emotions of what happened in the past. Kristin Boudreau states that “when Toni Morrison’s Beloved opens with a house “full of baby’s venom, it announces the prominent pain in the lives of these ex-slaves” (447). African Americans had to regroup and put their slavery demons at bay, experiencing their own personal traumas.
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was born in Baltimore, Maryland, a renowned slave state; she was never a slave herself however, her upbringing was hugely influenced by the unwanted leftover impact of slavery and the discrimination, racism and sexism that came with it. ‘The infamous death of a free man, resulting from his recapture and re-enslavement under a brutal new law intended to reduce black settlement in Maryland, was an important factor in her decision to leave her job as sewing teacher in Ohio and work for the anti-slavery cause full-time.’ Rumens (2017) In her poem ‘Bury me in a free land’ Harper effectively uses imagery to convey the theme of slavery. Throughout the poem Harper makes effective use of several poetic techniques to convey this central concern; clever metaphors, similes and emotional, creative imagery express the horror and despair of slavery. ‘Make me a grave where'er you will, In a lowly plain, or a lofty hill; Make it among earth's humblest graves, But not in a land where men are slaves.’
“A Streetcar Named Desire” is a book from 1947 written by Tennessee Williams. Blanche DuBois is an English teacher from Mississippi who comes to New Orleans to stay with her sister Stella Kowalski. Blanche cannot believe how Stella could be married to Stanley Kowalski who is a Polish, violent and cruel man. She had shown signs of mental instability, but when Stanley reveals information about Blanche’s past to her lover Mitch it all goes downhill for her. Blue Jasmine is a film from 2014 directed by Woody Allen.
Greed is the only sin that will tear mothers from their children and families. In the year of 1926, the new founded author D.H Lawrence had witnessed many years of poverty within his own community and even family. Having been in such a poor situation, he was inspired to write a novel to show how less fortunate families reacted to not being able to afford living, representing how greedy they can be. Within the story he included realistic problems that were present within 1920’s America, specifically gambling and the lust for money. In the short story, “The Rocking Horse Winner”, written by D.H Lawrence, the main theme is conveyed with two types of irony, the two demonstrating how luck and happiness do not necessarily always make a person truly happy with life.
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York: Grand Central, 1982. In Harper Lee’s fictional novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a young girl named Scout Finch is forced to grow up quickly in her hometown. Scout is faced with racism and hypocrisy in the town as her father defends an African American man who has been accused of raping a white girl.
One of the darkest times in American history was the enslavement of African people. Slavery in America was the ownership and exploitation of individuals for unpaid labor. Even though slavery came to an end, racism influenced segregation and violence for years to come. In I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou discusses the coming of age in the first seventeen years of her life which reveals how she deals with traumatic adversities. The Southern State, which was known as one of the most racist areas in the 1930’s, Stamps, Arkansas was home to Marguerite Ann Johnson.