“On the subway” is about a white woman who sits across from an intimidating black youth while on the train. The author uses different types of literary devices to describe a situation. A literary device the author uses in this poem is imagery. The author describes the light as “a couple molecules stuck in a rod of light rapidly moving through darkness.”
“On the Subway,” written by Sharon Olds, is written from the perspective of what is presumed to be an upper class white woman, who finds herself on a subway with a lower class black boy. In “On the Subway”, Olds focuses on the controversial issue of racial conflict, and the theme of White v. Black. She does so by use of contrast between whites and blacks, by using harsh enjambments, powerful imagery, and by using the tone to convey the purpose. A major strategy used by Olds throughout the poem is contrast; in this case, the contrast between blacks and whites.
Giovanni starts the poem off stating that she is restlessly thinking why “2Pac is not with us”(Giovanni 3) [emphasis added]. Additionally she states “if those who lived by the sword died by the sword there would be no white men on the earth” [emphasis added] (Giovanni 4). She put these lines back to back to distinguish a difference between us being the blacks, and the white men clearly being the white race.
In Sharon Old’s poem “On The Subway”, she contrasts both worlds of the African American male and white women through literary techniques such as imagery and similies. Old’s uses imagery to bring a contrast to the two characters in the poem. The white woman describes the man as having “the casual look of a mugger” to let the reader understand the mindset of the white woman being at first afraid of him. The lady wonders whether the African American male has a sort of advantage over her based on his appearance, and the way he appears to be carrying himself while on the subway.
On page 131 of Citizen, a white women and a racial minority have an interaction in which the women blatantly shows her rejection of him and shares a desire to stay clear away from him by not sitting next to him in an empty train cart. In this poem, Claudia Rankine explores the in depth aspect of
In “On The Subway,” Sharon Olds depicts an affluent white narrator’s initial description of the blatant differences between her and a poor black boy seated on the opposite side of the subway car. The narrator’s external observation then shifts into an introspection of the subtle similarities shared between the two individuals despite their socioeconomic differences. Through juxtapositioning the physical differences between the narrator and the boy, allusions and comparisons of the boy to slavery, Olds asserts that white individuals achieve false superiority through their racist act of discrimination and oppression of the not-so-different African Americans. Old’s repeated allusions to slavery and racism demonstrates that even in modern day,
He starts by showing the society how honest and pure hearted a black man can be in order to let the white community understand, accept and tolerate the black people. The central person in the whole theme of racism is Othello and the community thinks it is the worst disgrace for Desmodena to marry a black man. The novel turns out to be a tragedy because despite Shakespeare efforts to portray black people as being kind, Othello gets overwhelmed by his jealous and exposes his evil side. Racism has proven to be like a resistant infection that keeps recurring in all generation: efforts have been put to end racism in the modern society but to no avail because it has deep roots back in
Atticus Finch is treated poorly for the choices he made because he wanted to help other people. Despite the racism in the town, Atticus defended Tom Robinson, a Black man accused of raping a White women in the segregated south. “She was white, and she tempted a Negro. She did something that in our society is unspeakable: she kissed a black man. Not an old Uncle, but a strong young Negro man.
“We are stuck on opposite sides of the car…” This quote establishes the contrast between the two characters in Sharon Olds poem, “On the Subway.” This immediate contrast at the beginning of her poem reflects societal conflict through the use of poetic devices, organization and imagery. Olds uses many similes and metaphors to relate the white woman to the black man.
The poem “On the Subway” by Sharon Olds is about a very delicate subject. It is about discrimination and devices such as imagery, symbolism, and first person point of view give the reader that immersion they need to capture the main point of the story. The first device that is used to display this racism in the poem is Imagery. The author tries to make this the most obvious device by basically making the whole poem a big description of the other person on the subway. She uses the imagery to make the other character look bad for example, “I look at his raw face.”
Why did she want to fight all the girls at the bus stop who talks to Raheem? Why does she jealous when the girls talk to Raheem? She shouldn’t be with that guy. She’s mean because of him. Why would they be together if it doesn’t work out?
A black man has to keep his head down because of whites accusing them of staring at them, this causing a big scene made the black man feel miserable. Especially white woman, looking at them and they will become raged easily. “A Negro’d be asking for the rope to get himself mixed up with white woman.” (87) The Negros would make sure to very cautious around the white woman and not to slip up.
These shows, such as 2 Broke Girls, Cops, Friends etc. each portrays racism, and classism, we just don’t notice it. The shows Cops have focused its show in lower class areas, never upper class, Friends and other sitcoms always throw in those ‘stereotypical’ jokes that everyone seems to find so funny. These shows prove that we (society) still do not treat everyone equally, and that our justice system continues to use racial profiling and classism as a way of social control. Not only does the book focus on the colonization of blacks, but also of Hispanics and how they are affected.