His writing has been exploring of the painful psychological impact of colonial cultural decline. Comrade Mzala rightly opines that “Art is an important weapon in the struggle; it either reinforces or undermines the power of the oppressor”. Through the novel Petals of Blood and Matigari we see Ngugi writing as a strong social satire. Both novels portray the life after colonial era but the common thing is the same situation and problem faced by natives during colonialism. Ngugi works are characterized by criticism against European unacceptable law and injustice.
The term ‘miscegenation’ originates from the Latin miscere (meaning ‘mix’) and genus (meaning ‘race’); and stands for the marriage or cohabitation between two people of different racial groups. Fear of miscegenation then becomes an important issue in the context of the racial tensions and colonization process of the subalterns by the white Europeans. The themes of racial conflicts, cultural prejudice and political inequality pervade almost all postcolonial writings, of which Derek Walcott’s compositions form a substantial part. In the poem “Goats and Monkeys” Walcott unearths the underlying theme of miscegenation-fears in the story of Othello and Desdemona and also interweaves it with the context of the colonization of Africa by the Europeans. The recipient of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature, Derek Walcott was born in Castries, Saint Lucia, the West Indies, on January 23, 1930.
Racist Society Racism is a word that is commonly used nowadays. As defined by the Merriam- Webster Dictionary, racism is defined by poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race (line 1). It was further defined as “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities”. According to Robinson and Palmer (n. d), racism is committed when a person or a group of people is physically, emotionally or mentally abused because of their race, beliefs, nationality, skin color, and ethnic origin. The American Heritage College Dictionary defined Racism as the belief that race determines the human character and the human ability.
This is what the evil of colonialism has done to the African Americans in the name of “civilizing mission”. In the novel white’s ideologies as well as their cultural values have culminated into a dangerous trap for Pecola whose life is dominated by ideas and beliefs regarding white beauty – a thing so superficial and
It may had the feeling that the whole US community was hostile to her. The author, in fact, wanted to address the unfair treatment to immigrants as racism. The cleanliness world which Miss Whiteside lived in conflicted with the uncleanliness world that main character lived in just like the major group of people with power refused to accepted the weak and minority party. The protagonist worked so hard and tried to get herself involved into the community, however a wall was settled between immigrants and the native. The racism was a long-time issue rooted into America which still existed nowadays though people kept fighting hard for equality.
By sharing their own racially influenced experiences with the public, they have depicted the unfair treatment they have received solely based on their skin color; they have shed light upon the fact that stereotypes unjustly influence they way they are perceived in society . The piece “Just Walk On By” by Brent Staples, conveys this message through his colorful use of rhetorical devices such as imagery and personal experience. Staples uses imagery as a prominent influence on his readers. He begins by setting the scene on a dark street, empty despite one woman, who he refers to as his “victim.” He notes that she was walking a good distance in front of him and describes the obvious tension between the two, even at such a distance. One can easily picture a single street lamp flickering off in the distance and imagine how it would feel to peer out of their window one night only to see a man, hands in his pockets, trailing a woman down a dark alleyway.
Looking at the instances of crimes against women in Pakistan some of the extrinsic factors that result in violence is the fact that Pakistan is a patriarchal society where male dominance is repeatedly mentioned as a cause for the domestic violence (Heise, 1998).It is this very violence that is being analyzed in order to define the relation between sexism and bigotry. The reason for choosing bigotry and how it may or may not be related to sexism is because how they are so similar in their definations.Where a sexist is someone who clearly despises an entire gender race and a bigot is someone who exhibits intolerance towards a group with ideologies and opinions different from oneself, these very definitions lead me into finding the non-existent relationship between the both of them. For someone discriminating the entire female population, is there not a possibility for that very person to tag his decisions as the best and deject those (especially coming from women) that say
This then created a false history and a false sense of identity among black youth. This internalization had devastating effects on all aspects of the community, internally and externally. Education was one of the main mechanisms used during the apartheid to maintain social order in South Africa. Education was highly segregated, “education has been manipulated for stratification purposes, that is, how it is being used as an instrument of social engineering (SOURCE)”. Education is known as one of the main socializing factors, according to Emile Durkheim.
The character is therefore associated to negative concepts such as that of poverty through the reference to the “valley of ashes” and the implicit prejudice of the narrator´s perspective. Fitzgerald constructs Daisy Buchanan as the archetype of a sociopath, the author 's pursuit to criticize a manipulative hegemonic class. Likewise, the novel focuses on quotes such as, “Gatsby?” demanded Daisy. “What Gatsby?” (p.11), to consolidate criticism. The definition of sociopathy, bases on, “Antisocial personality disorder is characterized by a lack of regard for the moral or legal standards in the local culture.” (McAfee, 2003).
He felt weak and he wanted support. “Weakness corrupts and absolute weakness corrupts, absolutely. Centuries of social ostracism have degraded the untouchable, his mind and heart have been damaged and he has grown incapable of self-assertion and absolutely passive and helpless”. He has come to accept his place in society as divinely ordained and the caste Hindus as his natural superiors. Untouchable is a novel of thirties when India was still a colony, when the evil of untouchability was rife through the country and when Mahatma Gandhi was carrying on his crusade for the eradication of this evil and when the burning, torturing and killing of untouchables was a daily event, when these oppressed or down-trodden people could not even complain or grumble.