Langston Hughes wrote politically challenging poems about the government. In “Let America Be America Again” brings people to the attention that African Americans never got the treatment they deserved. Hughes realizes that “there's never been equality for him” (Hughes 1) in America. Hughes, who traveled across the country, realized that racism appeared everywhere. During the Harlem Renaissance, his poetry “condemns white oppression” (Gohar 1) and encourages “racial pride” (Gohar 1).
In the short story “Battle Royal”, written by Ralph Ellison, the author addresses social issues facing black individuals concerning the inability to advance against the racial hierarchy. The author depicts the struggles of the unnamed black narrator’s efforts in advancing in a world that predominately favors the works of white individuals. Throughout the composition, the author’s use of vivid imagery and metaphoric reflections of the battle royal, recreates the disillusion of the realities of racism and how it ultimately affects the black consciousness. In contrast “Meaning of a Word”, written by Gloria Naylor details the definition of power and the different meanings that the usage of the racial slur “nigger” may have within different racial
In the reading “The Souls of Black Folks” W.E.B Dubois describes the double-consciousness as “this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others” (pg. 689). This can be interpreted as one not having or understanding his or her self but basing on they feel on what others may think. The African American has faced many issues with double-consciousness and often may be swindled into feeling a certain way about themselves because of what others may have thought of them. In the essays: “The New Negro” by Alain Locke, “ “ The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain” by Langston Hughes, and Zora Neal Hurston’s “How it Feels to be Colored these authors react to the double- consciousness concept defined by W.E.B Dubois.
The different characters in Ragtime represent different responses to change - from encouraging change to responding to it, and from resisting change to accepting it. The novel represents characters who provoke change (Coalhouse), characters who accept change (Mother and Tateh), and characters who resist change (Father). Coalhouse Walker Jr. is a black musician, a stubborn man of principle, who symbolizes provoking change. Father said that Coalhouse is a man who doesn’t “act or talk like a colored man” (162). He defies the social norms that exist for African Americans in this era.
“Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American poet. In our society, many consider violence as mostly inappropriate and childish. The reason being is as humans we should be capable of discussing and compromising when an obstacle is present, however many argue that that is not an option in certain situations. We can look back at 1950s-1960s, where racism loomed over in the south aimed at mostly at American Americans. Boycotts and lynchings were a popular occurrence from town to town which both the state and federal government showed minimal efforts to prevent.
As a first generation Latinx, society made personal prosperity feel intangible or like something I shouldn't be striving for. The profoundly personal essays in James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time engages the reader to feel the pain, despair, and even the hope, through the Negro man. The intimacy of the opening letter struck my being, disclosing to me that “this innocent country set you down in a ghetto (...) in which it intended for you to perish” and that “the limits of your ambitions were set forever.” I fell victim to stereotypes set forth for first generation Latinxs, and I didn’t allow myself “to aspire for excellence: I was to make peace with mediocrity.” Baldwin's solutions of love and acceptance however, heightened the value I saw
Frederick Douglass’ Narrative serves to completely nullify the mythology surrounding slavery. Mythology is a set of stories, traditions, or beliefs associated with a particular group or the history of an event, arising naturally or deliberately fostered. The mythology behind slavery is that it is an institution that “civilizes” African-Americans while also providing them with the benefits of a place to live and work. Douglass refutes this mythology by rebuking the romantic image of slavery, nullifying the belief of black inferiority, and exposing the inculcation of false beliefs in the slaves. Slavery’s romanticized view is tarnished in Douglass’ Narrative with the use of vivid imagery and specific diction that depict the true conditions of
Historically countries, such as America, have muted and failed to addressed the social injustices against minority groups. Although America is considered to be the “melting pot,” it continues to face issues regarding freedom and justice for all of its citizens. Langston Hughes, who was a writer and social activist, wrote poetry during the Harlem Renaissance which addressed the social issues facing African Americans and minority groups. Allusion, anaphora, and rhyme scheme are employed by Hughes in his poem, “Let America Be America Again” in order to show how false America’s claims of equality and “Justice for all” are. Hughes uses allusion to allude to an iconic symbol of America’s freedom and liberty and to show that things are not what they seem.
By formulating her characters to express multiple viewpoints, Kennedy resisted any monolithic definition of blackness propounded by the hegemonic culture, while foregrounding the deconstruction of subjectivity. Herbert Blau, in an article comparing Kennedy and Sam Shepard, describes Kennedy 's stagecraft "black magic" (535), a label which can be extended to her work in general, since her writing engages the audience in a nightmarish