To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee illustrates how important decisions are influenced by racial ignorance ingrained in a society. Tom Robinson is deemed guilty in a court case where he is evidently innocent. He is accused of raping a white women when in reality the white women tried to kiss Robinson but was caught and decides to cover up her actions by claiming that she was raped (Lee 254-266). Even though the the evidence proves that Tom Robinson is innocent, he is still deemed guilty by the jury because he is black (Lee 282). This illustrates the racial ignorance of
The Ripple Effect of Ignorance - Yin Chin Maracle chooses to display the ripple effect of racism by shedding light on the unjust treatment of the First Nations and Chinese people by writing a story of a First Nation who grew up in a mixed neighborhood that is flooded with prejudice and stereotypes. Maracle further challenges the recurring stereotypes of societal views of minority groups by addressing them through the speaker’s point of view. While sounding like a stereotypical Chinese name or word, the title “Yin Chin” stems from the related sounding word Injun, a way to describe a stereotypical First Nations man or woman who is a “savage warrior” (Churchill 1998). The word dates back to the early settlement of English colonists as a way
Sexuality rights is often overlooked in history especially in the 20th century as not many historians talked about the inequality for gays and lesbians therefore it is hard to say this form of inequality shaped the United States. Gay liberation can be linked to feminism as in the 1960s homosexuals also stood up for their own rights in the fight against inequality. Throughout the 20th century gay and lesbians were described as “sinful or mentally disordered”, as it was illegal in most states, seen as irregular and against the traditional American values of heterosexual marriages. McCarthyism pronounced gays to be a source of “national weakness” a focal point that caused controversy around gays and lesbians. Carl Wittman declared a Gay Manifesto stating how San Francisco is a “refugee camp for homosexuals” a place where people had fled from “blackmailing cops, from families who disowned or “tolerated” us”, it shows the inequality as gay people were treated horribly but of fear of abuse has to pretend “everything was OK”.
In a racially charged atmosphere, “white trash” Mayella Ewell ignores the morality and conventions of the community, and makes a sexual advance on Tom Robinson. When discovered she covers her guilt and shame by accusing him of rape. In this era and in this community, Mayella’s accusation is seen as reasonable and unfortunately believable, which leaves Tom beaten before he enters the trial. However, Atticus expresses a powerful message in his closing argument to create a move for change in his society. The argument is expressed subliminally, by communicating that in the 1930’s society disregarded that all were equal, and categorised men and women based on the colour of their skin.
The Chinese film Devils on the Doorstep directed by Jiang Wen is a quintessential example of postmodern humor and the use of satire to point out political issue. Wen essentially takes the traumatic events of WWII between Japan and China and turns them into dark jokes. The film seems to propagate stereotypes throughout the film like Chinese referring to Japanese as devils and saying that they sound angry all the time and Japanese people referring to Chinese as simpletons. However, it then downplays Chinese, Japanese social tension in scenes like the interrogation of Dong and Hanaya take tragic events like Japanese killing and
The author of Jasper Jones addresses the issue of racism, and this topic does not fit within in my context as I am not Caucasian. Jeffrey Lu is Charlie’s best friend and he is also Vietnamese. Because of his different ethnicity, he becomes a victim of bullying. And it’s with complete disbelief that I hear real encouragement from the sideline. His teammates.
Hilter said that homosexual’s were enemies of the state. Nazis believed that homosexuality was a sickness to be cured so they designed policies to “cure” homosexuals, but it was just humiliating. The Nazis used the “Pink List” to hunt down many homosexuals who were either hiding or they escaped. They knew homosexuals as unlikely to decrease the population of producing
Catcher in the rye is a phrase that Holden misunderstands horribly. So another question that could be raised is his constant image issue. Also faced with his prostitute dilemma he refused to pay money to the Maurice, the pimp. Because he’s Holden he thinks he is invulnerable to everything. “Maurice said five, I told her… He said five.
In 1950s, American religious leaders, psychologists, psychiatrists, lawyers, and lawmakers demonized the homosexuality as a contagious disease. During the early homophile movement, picketers (a.k.a. protesters) all worn conservative and conventional dresses and appearance merely carried signs that attract the public attention. DOB and many gay men fought and argued with authorities regarding homosexuals and exposed the ineffectiveness of homosexuality changing therapy with an expensive cost (112). Further, queer individuals protested in front of White House and Pentagon with posters like “Homosexuals Died for Their Country Too” to protest against the anti-gay policies of the U.S. armed forces (114).
Other cities for example Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), (Seoul) South Korea, (Melbourne) Australia and even (Dublin) Ireland were also harsh with any men who have long hair or supported it. Why Singapore banned Glam Rock Rock music was considered dodgy and related to drugs. It was considered as corrupting the minds of the young. The government in Singapore had their own thoughts that the so-called hippie culture was
Howard sexually assaulted, his ex-coworker out of his own control and sane mindset. Since Howard knew it was criminally wrong, would not pass the statement of “appreciate the wrongfulness”. Within the boundaries of the ALI test, Howard does not meet the legal terms for insanity because he failed to cognitive and volitional prongs.
In the article “Accessing Treatments: Managing the AIDS Epidemic in Ontario in Knowledge, Experience& Ruling Relations” by George W. Smith, the author pointed out how the ideology and social construction of common knowledge about AIDS influence the treatment for those patients negatively. Smith believed the general public and government have been lack of sufficient knowledge about AIDS, the AIDS patients and the government, the organization who providing the treatment are disconnected. There are still lots of people think AIDS is fatal illness disease and mainly caused by homosexuality. Smith thinks the lack of treatment for AIDS is basically due to the homophobia, labeling and prejudices formed by the public and mass media, and the government
Finally Victor, the one who sat there and did not speak up for Justine, felt the cold shoulder from society too when he was accused of murder. Following Victor’s whole trial he was only saved because his father spoke out and someone from the justice system saw how the evidence did not point to him. Showing how dysfunctional and irresponsible society and the justice system at the time was what Mary Shelley intended. Commenting on these issues was what the novel proved effective on showing just how dysfunctional the government and their neighbors really
As John D’Emilio put it, “...while capitalism has knocked the material foundation away from family life, lesbians, gay men, and heterosexual feminists have become the scapegoats for the social instability of the system.” (473). We are being used to reinforce heterosexuality by being offered as a darker, alternative lifestyle with no prospects and no chance of being “normal”. Heterosexuals look to us as a low-class working citizen looks to a homeless man; “Well it could be worse. I could be that poor
According to Stephen King, horror movies can serve a valuable purpose. In King’s Playboy-published essay, “Why We Crave Horror Movies,” he examines the popular trend of attending horror films, and he uses various techniques of persuasion. Excluding the fact that he is America’s best-known most influential writer of horror fiction, to accomplish his goal of driving us into the world of horror he begins his essay with a very clever hook: “I think that we’re all mentally ill; those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better…”. By stating his claim in this manner, he attempts to catch attention of the reader, and sequentially persuade him to think as he thinks.