This paper will first incorporate a summary of the author 's argument discussing how the experiences the two leading male character in Richard Wright 's "Down by the Riverside" and "Long Black Song" highlights racial oppression and alienation. Hakutani comparing and contrasting their shortcomings leads the audience to focus on the idea that during the Jim Crow conditions the results remain that African-Americans will always be inferior to Caucasians. Therefore, their suicidal actions gave them purpose and the ability to define their existence. Then, one will provide a sum up discussing one strength and one weakness of the article and what can be utilized from this piece of work. Overall, this article can be valued as a credible document for scholars seeking a summary of these two pieces of work.
Portraying the horror of the Afro-American experience of Blacks in America, one should logically start by investigating the physical and spiritual traumatic effects that were imposed on the Blacks before starting to investigate their journey of emancipation with special reference to Toni Morrison’s Beloved (1987) and Song of Solomon (1977). However, this portrayal would be more effective if it is done within the framework of postmodernism with its emphasis on the past, on one hand, and on defying binary oppositions in general. The past here is epitomized in the effect that African-American heritage of slavery is represented to have on the lives of the characters in the two novels. In addition, the binary opposition defied here is that which used to be held between Whites as superior and Blacks as inferior. Postmodernism is a general tendency towards viewing the world in its new context.
Through the story, places, and characters mentioned in the novel, Joseph Conrad wants to show the truth of colonialism and its effect on both white and black people. I will provide some of the symbols found in the novel. As for me, the symbolic meaning of light and darkness play the central role in the novel Heart of Darkness. If we try to see the meaning of light it means bright, knowledge, life, perfection, etc. Darkness, on the other hand, refers to dark, death, ignorance, evil, madness, etc.
Yet, he is unable to overcome his blindness on himself, he falls into the path of other characters’ identities and beliefs on solutions to society’s issues. In addition, there are signs of imagery throughout the novel that invokes vision that reinforces the continuous idea of invisibility. Even though the idea of invisibility is thoroughly sustained, it fades away as the narrator realizes that he needs to find his own individuality and beliefs to benefit himself and society. The narrator bases his invisibility on people’s blind physical perception of his human existence. As a black man trying to find his identity in white America, he has the foundational belief of the recognition by white people to prove
This paper reviews John Howard Griffin’s Black like me, the paper provides a summary of the book, a critique that assesses the strengths and weakness of the book and a discussion of at least three incidents found personally interesting and an identification of what they illuminated concerning the way prejudice and discrimination were both overt and covert during the Jim Crow era. The theme of Black like me draws significantly from autobiographical memoirs of the real experiences of the author. This forms the strength of the book and helps in portraying a realistic approach to the question of identity as it is influenced by racial orientations (Griffins, 1961). The quest of the author to pioneer for social justice resulted to a transformation of his race from white to black. This step was because the
But, you know, he was influenced by his time. Othello is for instance not really Othello 's play. Othello is not Othello 's story” (Buntin). Othello is focused more on the schemes of Iago and the tragic life of Desdemona. By retelling this story Sears is putting Othello in the centre of the narrative and giving focus to the nuances of his life as a black man.
Finding Ralph Ellison in Phillip Roth’s The Human Stain Phillip Roth’s, The Human Stain, is a novel that relies heavily on the literary path of race set forth by Ralph Ellison in The Invisible Man. In Roth’s novel it is not enough for Coleman Silk to be merely invisible, like the narrator in Ellison’s novel, instead Silk changes his identity in attempt to erase the stain of being African American. It would be remiss to say that Coleman Silk is the second coming of the invisible narrator that Ellison has imagined, however, The Human Stain is the cultural, social, and above all racial, successor to Ellison’s novel. Ralph Ellison is identifiable present having stained Roth’s novel irreparably. Upon closer examination of The Human Stain the reader will find that Ellison is visible in: the usage of the term “spook” as the fulcrum point on which the plot is developed; the use of boxing as a metaphor for the cultural and social arena surrounding racial issues; Coleman Silk as the educated extension of the narrator from The Invisible Man; and the role of the veteran.
In 1971, A Theory of Justice by John Rawls was published. In this novel, Rawls aims to solve the problem of distributive justice through social contracts. Rawls’ theories center around the unknown for instance Rawl poses the question which principles of justice, or ways of governing would we submit to if we did not know who we were or were going to be. This introduces the concept of the veil of ignorance. The veil of ignorance’s key purpose is to erase from a person’s mind who they are, meaning their race, sex, beliefs, and social class.
Realist historical fiction resembles two tasks of historiographer. Similar to the historian, novelist’s first step is to impose a narrative form against the historical record; secondly, he has to develop a storyline which conforms to the established historical
The visual essay “Apples to Oranges” by Claire Ironside presents the reader with a series of infographics displaying the environmental impact of industrially farmed, non-local produce. The author attempts to approach the audience using primarily facts and statistics. Despite these efforts, the essay lacks an explicit statement of the author’s argument, while the infographics used are ambiguous and misleading. The obscure images, lack of logical connections and absence of an explicit claim leave the reader more confused than persuaded. These problems require the reader to infer most of the information and context, which is contradictory to the purpose of a visual medium.