As so used in Alice Walker’s literary piece, In Search Of Our Mothers’ Gardens. In Walker’s writing, her metaphoric message is expressed as a journey to understand elders cruel unjust past life, searching for a connection for her own
The Nature of Symbolism within Trethewey’s “Elegy” In this poem “Elegy,” Natasha Trethewey depicts the relationship between herself and her late father by means of a metaphor that carries throughout the entire poem. We see that an elegy is typically used to lament the dead, however the abstract language of this poem sends a more demining message. This connotative thought is exactly what Trethewey chooses to address through subliminal metaphors equipped with items typically used to destroy rather than build, along with symbolism that alludes to fighting adversity. The narrator immediately incorporates symbolism insinuating the emphasis on struggle in the first stanza. Symbolizing adversity, she tells the reader “I think by now the river must be thick with salmon.
James McBride’s memoir, The Color of Water, was written in a way that told his life story alongside his mother’s. Their entwined stories helped readers better understand how the effects of both his and his mother’s life changed him. He wrote about the struggles he experienced due to the racial inequality within his lifetime as well as the racial battles his mother faced. Not only did these tales create who he is today, they have entailed a new meaning. They have managed to touch people’s hearts and expose a struggle that has long been forgotten.
Putting this awakening in the context of loss of land as well as the fight for equality in the culture which is ongoing in the eighteen century shows it as an additional level in the continuing collaboration of the local people with the views of Christians as well as the educational institutions which dominated the colonial world. Revealing this narrative that cannot be easily shared of the Great Awakening as well as the idea of separation of Indians which resulted, and how it affects the culture of Indians as a community. Linford 's books which are gracefully written gives a significant challenge to thoughts which have been held for long as far as faith and Native Anglo-American engagements in concerned (Fisher, 2012) In conclusion, Linford in his book The Indian Great Awakening uses various themes to iron out this issue leaving us with no questions comprehensively. It is evident that the Christian colonies influenced Native Indians and wooed then into adopting Christianity as well as their education system. References Fisher, L. D. (2012).
For example, Krakauer employs Ron Franz’s account of Chris and mentions how Franz “regards the world through wary blue eyes” because of Chris’ death (59). Franz’s account evokes emotion to demonstrate the indelible impression Chris has on those he meets. Krakauer loads his story with emotion to allow the readers to sympathize with Chris’ plight; thus, Krakauer’s emotions influence his writing which prevents his ability to remain objective. Moreover, the author recalls the “wrenching loneliness” of his own journey with the Devil’s Thumb in Alaska (151). Krakauer recounts the hardships of his journey to indicate Chris’ emotional state during his journey.
Comparative Essay- Xavier Bird and Elijah Weesageechak Authors like Joseph Boyden teach readers about aboriginal culture, tradition and discrimination thorough a native perspective; this is shown through the book Three Day Road. Three Day Road is an award winning novel which shows the struggles many solders faced during WW1. This is exactly portrayed by the two main characters, Elijah and Xavier. Xavier is deeply rooted in his native culture and tradition. Whereas Elijah is more outgoing and likes taking risks as he begins to identify with the “white” culture.
Throughout the poem “Ceremony” by Leslie Marmon Silko, the conflict between the Pueblo culture and the outsiders is presented to develop the central idea of the poem. The central idea illustrated in the poem is the importance of keeping their oral traditions alive. The Pueblos depend on these traditions to maintain their history. In the poem it states, “…all we have to fight off illness and death.” This is a season why they must keep their oral traditions for, the outsiders will try to stop them. This central idea is further proven through the conflict which the Pueblos face.
The story here also presents a dualistic depiction of Haitian culture, emphasizing both the family-oriented aspects that Danticat takes comfort in as a child, but also the dire sociopolitical circumstances that create a great deal of suffering and grief. She states early on that in order to portray an accurate depiction of such a complicate society, she must “look forward and back at the same time” in her narrative (Danticat 2004, p. 25-26). The dualism is further cemented by the proximity of birth and death imagery in the narrative: “my father is dying and I’m pregnant” (Danticat 2004, p. 14-15). Ultimately, Danticat concludes that both the Haitian culture she left, and the American culture she emigrated to contain aspects of repression: she has to speak both for her father and uncle because they are equally repressed – “I am writing this only because they can’t” (Danticat 2004, p. 26). The most significant symbolic representation of this is perhaps when Joseph refuses to leave Haiti because his father fought in the resistance against American occupation decades ago, even though the modern Haiti landscape is a hellish one where gangs threaten him with decapitation.
In order to more clearly understand the situation of Native American women who are the main interest of this research, a strong theoretical framework of this study needs to be considered. 1.3.1 Historical Trauma. Native Americans have been historically traumatized from their negative experiences being ousted and relocated from their homeland throughout history. Unlike personal trauma, their people’s historical trauma is focused on their collective trauma as families, and this trauma has been passed and even amplified from one generation to the next (Brave Heart and Debruyn, 1998; Campbell and Evans-Campbell, 2011). This affects both the people’s collective and personal identity formation and relationship patterns in successive generations
Warsan Shire’s poetry undertakes exploring the values and attitudes of their time, through her exploration of values and attitudes; she challenges social discourse around controversial themes. Warsan Shire is a Somalia born British poet, due to being the daughter of refugees she reflects her poetry on trauma and the consequences if discrimination and equality that most refugees have endured through their experiences. The poems “Home” and “Ugly” are remarkably effective in exploring perspectives that have long been marginalised and the values and attitudes of their time. Her poem “Home” centres on the unforgiving trauma and suffering refugee’s experience. Similarly, “Ugly” is circled around the notion of first hand suffering and trauma Warsan Shire explores numerous perspectives that have long been marginalised, in particular, refugees and immigrants.