“I have a question Jane, why don you don't ever go to town?” Blake sounded a little nervous, but I didn’t point it out. “I’m afraid people would fear me, seeing a teenage girl with deep black hair and ragged clothes. I was made fun of as a kid, just think of what would happen if everyone saw me like...this.” “I have an older sister, you look like her size. I can go home, get you some clothes and a brush. Once you clean up you and I will go to town.
It will become ordinary.” (atwood). After the Handmaid’s were fully trained by the aunts, each of them was sent to a commander’s house, and became his mistress and “instrument of pleasure”. Despite of the dangerousness of the system, rebellious acts still existed though it was limited. Offred’s aim was to stay alive in the system, yet she managed to resist the system in many ways, but her resistance did not threaten the system, “her small resistances were ineffective or counter-productive”. one of her very simple rebellious acts, was when she stole butter from the dining table to use it as hand lotion because cosmetics were not allowed anymore.” there’s a pat of butter on the side of the plate.
Luella Bates Washington Jones is rough on the outside, inside she is truly empathetic because she understands the boy. As proof, she said that she had done things too, and she understands that it is hard not to steal things when you want them. In fact, she said, “Um-hum! You thought I was going to say but, didn’t you? You thought I was going to say, but I didn’t snatch people's pocket books.
She forced Lillian Jean to apologize for all of ways she had wronged Cassie and also made her never speak of the incident again. This is Cassie’s most influential rebellion, for she was able to benefit from the outburst. Even though she was generally shunned and resented for her retaliation, her standing up proved that
The Harlem Renaissance, also known as the New Negro Movement, is a time period in American history that bred the likes of Langston Hughes, W.E.B Dubois, and Zora Neale Hurston. Despite the name, the Harlem Renaissance is not exclusive to the city of Harlem. The Harlem Renaissance period is an “interdisciplinary cultural movement” (Jones 2008) that unleashed creativity in the African American community and allowed the ingenuity of the community to be shared with the world. The Harlem Renaissance is the beginning of the age of modernism. This artistic movement included creative explosions in the areas of literature, poetry, dance, and music.
She does not understand why the Kelvey’s are always being excluded and she makes the attempt to allow them to be included. Kezia asks her mother “can’t I ask the Kelvey’s just once?”. Her mother dismisses Kezia without explaining and just expects Kezia to understand why the Kelveys are not included. At the end of the story Kezia knows that no one is looking so she invites the Kelveys inside to look at the doll house. Even knowing how her family feels about the Kelveys Kezia still takes the chance of inviting them inside.
African -American history predated the emergence of the United States as an independent country, and African – American literature was similarly deep roots. Lucy Terry was the author of the oldest known piece of African – American literature, “Bars Fight”. Terry wrote the balled in 1746 after an Indian attack on Deer field. She was enslaved in Deerfield at the time of the attack. The balled was first published in 1854, with an additional couplet, in the Springfield Republican and in 1885 in Josiah Holland’s History of western Massachusetts.
Her husband locked Jane away in the nursery and forbid her from the rest of the house. Jane also does not believe she fits in well at the mansion just as she does not fit into the role of a wife. Her husband also hides her away from everyone else in the nursery as if he is embarrassed of her. Towards the end of the story Jane even begins to suspect that the room was actually an asylum for adults. The windows of the room are barred up and windows represent freedom in many ways.
Lucy’s rejection of society’s emphasis on appearance frees her from the insecurities that are brought upon by a self-image based on looks. Instead, she finds her self-worth in her intelligence and autonomy. At this point, Lucy has lived in America for over a year, and still she says “Everything I could see made me feel I would never be part of it, never penetrate to the inside, never be taken in” (Kincaid, 154). Although she has found this new independence in America that she would not have found as a woman at home, she is still pained by her disconnection with the society around her. From leaving her family to leaving Mariah, her path to becoming an independent woman has forced herself to sacrifice a sense of security that comes with belonging.
Back in the 1950s, women would be a stay at home mom and take care of the house and kids. However, Beneatha does not want to fit this stereotype. She tells Ruth and Lena that "[she is] not even worried about who [she is] going to marry yet. If—[she] ever gets married" (Hansberry 75). Beneatha gets shamed for not wanting to marry before her schooling.