Barbara Kingsolver’s novel, The Poisonwood Bible, is about a missionary family named the Prices who move from the U.S. state of Georgia to the village of Kilanga in the Belgian Congo. For the Price women, their previous identities consisted of their relationship to their American culture; once they are in Africa, that identity is forced to shift and adapt to the African culture. Homi Bhabha’s concept of “hybridity”, is defined as the result of the interactions of colonizers and colonized. Bhabba writes that colonizing cultures cannot alter a native culture without adapting characteristics themselves. The members of the Price family come into Africa bringing their own American ideologies with the goal to educate the native people, starting with
In the short story, “Blues Ain’t No Mockin’ Bird” by Toni Cade Bambara, extended research needed to truly understand the story because of the seemly random instances throughout the story. First, the term unknown term of “Auntie” which is what the camera man called Granny at the beginning of the story. For example, after extended research, it was learned that “Auntie was a term originally used for an elderly slave women in the south” (“Auntie”). By doing this the author reveals that Granny and her family are african americans and that the cameramen are white. As a result, by using the term Auntie, the author indirectly states the race of the characters.
Chesnutt also uses African American folklore to celebrate his black identity throughout telling these stories. My research concentrates on Chesnutt 's representation of superstitions and folklore as traditions of African American culture in The Conjure Women. The Conjure Women is collected seven conjure stories that talk about magic works and superstitions. Uncle Julius is an ex-slave who is the narrator of the conjure tales. Uncle Julius narrates tales of antebellum plantation life in order to entertain the white couples, John and his wife Annie.
In the film Coming to America describing the two cultures in the film are the African and American cultures from Africa and Queens New York. The African and American cultures in the movie are different in some ways but similar in other ways by the way the characters in the movie are all family oriented with the respect they show their parents and the way the parents only want what is best for their children. Then there are subcultures in the film that go a little further with style of living. The culture in Africa is that people are to wait on the royal family for everything they do, but in America, the family cares for themselves without the help of servants. The rites of passage are a cultural norm in Africa for the Royal family by having arranged marriages.
Stereotypes have changed throughout history. Toni Cade Bambara’s short story “Blues Ain’t No Mockin Bird” uses stereotypes to develop characters and set a realistic setting. Bambara sets her story in the rural South in the United States of America. With a house near some woods, Granny, Granddaddy Cain, and a group of their relatives enjoy a private life away from white people. In this time period, during the civil right movement, there was a distrust between the African-American community and the white people.
I believe that Phillis Wheatley’s intent in writing “On being Brought from Africa to America” was conscious. I believe that she was fully aware about what she’s writing. I say that because on line 4 “Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.” she writes from her personal experience by using “I” in her poetry. She talks about her own experience on brought to America as a slave. The write starts her poetry by describing how lucky she was to be brought to America from Africa.
Family may not seem like a huge deal to some people and some generations, but there is not one simple definition of what family is. One can say that a family is a group of people that share a certain bond. During slavery, family meant everything, and family is all that the slaves had, unless their masters separated them because they knew family meant the world to the slaves. In the narrative of the life of Olaudah Equiano, Equiano’s bond with his sister was exceedingly cherished. In the narrative of Harriet Jacobs, Jacobs’ children was all she had.
In the novel The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver, Leah Price moves to the Congo with her family as part of a missionary. Through their experiences in the Congo, and living amongst a community with many political conflicts, Leah discovers the importance of justice and selflessness. Kingsolver uses assertive and benevolent tones, and symbolism throughout the story to portray the voice of Leah, illustrating Leah’s determination to adamantly strive for justice and equality for Africa and its people, rather than believing that her heritage, her father and God are superior to those around her. Her father’s authority and idealism overshadows her point of view, as she is highly set on her father’s approval and ultimately, God’s approval too. By using phrases such as “But my father needs permission only from the Saviour, who obviously is all in favor of subduing the untamed wilderness for a garden (36)”, Kingsolver establishes Leah’s narrow-minded belief that her father is ‘A Chosen One from God’ and he will pacify the Congolese.
In the story "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker, elder daughter Dee/Wangero 's protective attitude concerning her family 's heirlooms causes her aesthetic view of her African heritage to rear its ugly head against younger daughter Maggie 's and mother Mrs. Johnson 's cultural view of their same heritage. Indeed, in the case of the
Torr provides Millie with an identity aside from the one she has always known as Joss’ Moody’s wife and Colman Moody’s mother. All in all, Kay expresses how the original African dispersal has affected it’s descendants but she also demonstrates how change of environment positively influences identity. These characters are shown attaining new outlooks on life as they know it and coming into traits that are needed for a positive self-identity. Moreover, Kay’s awareness of struggles within various