Angelou uses these poetic devices to emphasise her message to readers. The poem 'Still I Rise ' utilises poetic devices to communicate the message of how her oppressors will not prevent her moving forward. Stanza eight of the poem uses personification to convey her message to readers. The line 'Out of the huts of history 's shame ' uses personification. Angelou personifies history by giving it the human emotion of shame.
Harriet Tubman was also an activist who helped out slaves for their freedom and justice. They were being treated unfairly simply because of their skin color/race. Cesar Chavez and Harriet Tubman fought for the discrimination people were receiving, this was mainly caused because they were thought as “less than”. To illustrate my point, Cesar Chavez was also an individual who fought for rights. Likewise, Cesar had worked in the fields with his parents, so he understood how much of a pain it was to work without any breaks.
Novels written by Toni Morrison are rooted in themes that are fundamental in order to appreciate the African American life, background and struggle. These themes delve into problematic relationships, and hardships encountered by African American people. Love as a recurring theme in the novels of Toni Morrison has a noteworthy place. This kind of extreme love not only happens as parental love but also shows itself as others forms of love. In this paper, I will deal with The Bluest Eye, Beloved, Song of Solomon, and Jazz.
This poem tackles the idea of equal rights and respect of those different than one. A theme in this poem is the ability to overcome in confidence. Maya Angelou, a confident African American, uses poetry to overcome oppression that she faces. She starts the poem saying, “you may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies” (Angelou). This implies that Angelou has a name worth writing down in history, she has a well known place in history.
Mostly because the wonderful ideas of civil disobedience brought by Rosa Parks in 1955 where far from the slaves in the plantations, who lived centuries before the declaration of human rights and the abolition of slavery. Times were not mature enough, and the African American was too ignorant to even believe that there could be an end to slavery. Therefore, when slaves adopted a policy to work as less as they can in order to avoid whipping, it was not an act of active resistance but only a way to minimize the pain and survive in the exhausting life of the plantation. Equally, in the letter written by the slave to her son, when she prays to see him again it was not an act of hope to the future, but merely a moment of relief in a life of
The individuals who were slaves were "captured in warfare, some were debtors, others were criminals" (Clark, 16). The slavery was temporary and never passed down to the child. As well as, the slaves can work into their freedom, and the slaves can get married into the family that held them. There were bad parts to this type of slavery as well because some slaves were sacrificial death, woman and children were in demand for labor or even any sexual purpose. Even though this is bad on its own the Triangular Trade is deemed much worse for multiple reasons.
Uncle Tom 's Cabin, written by Harriet Breecher Stowe, is still critically acclaimed and recognized today for its prolific affects towards the abolition of slavery in the United States. It opened the eyes of Northerner 's and Southerners alike to the horrors of slavery and its degradation of another human being. Challenging the notion at that time, that slaves were property and not "human", Stowe 's work asserts that slaves too were thinking, feeling, and valuable human beings. Through her writings, Stowe presented the reader another view about the "peculiar institution"; that slavery was not only morally offensive, but a reflection of the base rational held by those who supported the act. In her novel, Stowe primarily focuses on how the treatment of slaves reflects the real attitude amongst citizens towards slavery.
Although the dilemma of social injustice has always existed, the Great Depression had further divided people from one another. During the Great Depression, most native-born white Americans suffered greatly, but many of America’s most visible racial minorities suffered the most. African Americans and other races not only experienced greater hardships than whites, the most able-bodied among them were competing for far fewer jobs, because of their race (Williams 789). No matter how hard African Americans and other races worked, they were guaranteed no higher position than the whites, because of the social inequity that disunified everyone. Even though there were relief programs designed for different colored Americans, they still maintained pay differentials, racial employment systems, and other forms of discriminations, which shows social injustice during the Great Depression (Williams 790).
Her poetry was deemed peculiar and many refused to publish her because of it. After being denied and rejected so many times, she wrote her poetry in spite of them, to prove she was a better poet than they gave her credit for. Today, she is known as one of the biggest influences on American poetry and has the kind of name association she wished she had back in the
“I had never seen among people such instances of brutal cruelty (Equaino 56).” Cruelty was not only shown towards blacks but also among whites. The British were people of such noble and high standards, but they were seeking to low levels by enslaving humans just as the rest of the world. The horrors that occurred during the middle passage are detailed as gruesome and appalling. Inhumanity was a major issue during the middle passage. Slaves were treated as property with little value.