In the novel, The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, there are many characters that can be identified as an antagonist throughout the story. However, Hilly Holbrook is the most significant of them all. With her attitude towards colored people, her controlling personality, and the methods she uses in order to have her way, it is obvious that Ms. Hilly is a definite villain of this novel. In the novel, many white families, including Ms. Hilly’s, had hired African American maids to help them around the house.
He hated black people, particularly the men. She, however, identified with the black community in her home area. Because she was a Jew, Ruth was often excluded from the white community in the South thus the reason she could partly sympathize with the privation of her black neighbors. Ruth explains how there was a racial divide in Suffolk, a completely white school and a black school. The Jewish discrimination was equally pervasive, which made her alter her name from Rachel to Ruth because it appeared less Jewish (Waxler 1).
For many years, the African-Americans were not heard and experienced problems of segregation. This situation suppressed those people and was seen as a sign of corruption of the society as well as the sign of corruption of the souls. This situation showed that African Americans cannot feel free in this situation. In regards to this, the way things went in Birmingham was a way worse than in other parts of the US. While people chose the way of demonstrations to overcome this corruption, some clergymen representatives published a so called Call for Unity in the newspaper.
In addition, various members of the black community are constantly displacing their own feelings of being outdoors onto others within the community. For example, even before he rapes his daughter, Cholly Breedlove is outdoors from the black community because he is a visible and tangible reminder of the feelings many other members of the black community have. He represents the anger and frustration many members of the community is guilty of taking their anger about their own treatment and injustice at the hands of white people on their families, and Cholly reminds them of their hypocrisy.
There is also discrimination of social status. The town of Maycomb has different social classes ranging from the “normal people” like the Finch family to the working class people like the Cunninghams, to the poor people or trash like the Ewells, and dead last are the black folks. Even at the beginning of the book Jem addresses this by saying “The thing about it is, our kind of folks don’t like the Cunninghams, the Cunninghams don’t like the Ewells, and the Ewells hate and despise the colored folks.” Also, Walter Cunningham or the family for that matter are discriminated by Aunt Alexandra who calls him trash and doesn 't want Scout “picking up their habits.” Because of these views, a man named Dolphus Raymond has convinced the entire town that the reason he is raising a child with a black woman is that he is in the clutches of whiskey.
Many African American authors and critics very strongly disagreed with how the white plantation owners and the slaves were portrayed in the book. For example Nat Turner’s first slave owner, Samuel Turner, was presented in very high light. This was probably not the case, and that is the reason it enraged so many readers. The book was also banned in some places because of the sexual violence that was portrayed in the novel. Before I get into the book itself it is important to know about the actual person who was Nat Turner and the rebellion that he led in 1831.
In the article, “The five pillar of Jim crow laws” It states, “Black people were rarely shown common courtesy by white people. In fact, whites often picked out for individual blacks for harassment. White people could threaten, beat, rape, torture, and kill blacks with little fear of punishment.” Moreover, this explains that being friends with Jeremy could cause pain or other horrible things yet being friends with T.J would resolve to
Fever 1793 Why is it that most people blame others for their suffering? Frequently people look for someone to bear the responsibility of their actions. In the story Fever 1793, many people blamed God for what they believed was a purge, the free black population, and some even believed that the epidemic was a punishment. The story had many hidden parts to it that some may have overlooked such as the references to the free black society. The free black society was a group that went around to help yellow fever victims that were thrown out of their homes and/or left for the dead.
The major theme in this book is Racism; people who live in Maycomb are racist to one another. The blacks do not socialized or even talk to the white people. And the same is done by the White people. But this barrier is somehow broken by Calpurnia, who is a maid and a cook to the Finch family. She acts as a mother figure to Scout and Jem, and also a trusted family member.
During 1965 the caste people were viewed only as thieves and worthless people. Similarly immigrants were treated the same way and often were violated against their skin color and ethical background. It was very unusual for a caste person and immigrants to be accepted into the society. Craig Silvey shows this in the novel Jasper Jones as a lot of families were broken down due to violence and their prejudice family members and how a lot of families were treated badly from the society because of their race. In life discrimination and prejudice in the society can lead to violence, and violence can change a person and a family forever.
Many black patients faced racism. Many unethical medical treatments happened due racial inequality. Skloot described Henrietta’s treatment as the same treatment as whites, with “biopsy” “radium” and radiation” treatments, juxtaposed with the treatment of blacks described with “fewer pain medication” and “higher mortality rates” (64). Skloot appeals to ethics by having given an example of racism, a principle of ethics considered wrong by many.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a good book so far. This book sometimes make you wonder what other things have been taken from black people without them knowing what was going on. In this book it talks about how black people were treated and how they really didn 't get that much attention when they were in the hospital. When Henrietta told the doctor that their was something wrong with her the doctor didn 't do anything about but if she woulda been white the doctors would gone and check what wrong with her and try to find a way to cure her. This is something that I didn 't like how the white people treated the black people and i did not like the fact that the doctor took Henrietta cells even though the husband said he did not want them to take Henrietta cell.
Multiple times throughout the book it was mentioned that Henrietta’s biopsy took place 60 years ago and a lot of changes have been made to science and ethics. This book did a good job bringing up ethics in science and scientific achievements that have been made over the years, but in some ways it was sensationalized to get the family the recognition they feel they deserved. As a poor, black family, the Lacks’ were discriminated against. Even the medical treatments they received were often not the best treatments offered and they were often experimented on. Having the fear of being mistreated and used for experimentation made the Lacks’ even more upset about Henrietta’s death.
Removing Henrietta’s cells without her consent seems to be a very rare scenario and this can tell how the medical community mistreats the Black Americans. A woman of black America origin, Rebecca Skloot managed to surface other different stories of maltreatment directed to the African American community. Blacks in America were taken as people with unequal rights even in a situation like this that talked about right to life. She explained horrific experiences on experimentation of African Americans, stories that were enhanced by fear seen in Henrietta’s relatives refusing to visit hospitals even for necessary treatment. In this regard, the paper will give a response to the immortal life of Henrietta Lacks.
This makes the reader feel disturbed because of the stark contrast. As we know Elsie to be Deborah’s sister, and the Hospital of the Negro Insane to be very discriminatory, disgust turns to pity or Elsie. This pity also carries over to Deborah, who has to hear, and bear, this terrible news. In this, Skloot gracefully developed her pathos appeal and a sense of pity and distress in the reader. While at the Hospital for the Negro Insane, Skloot finds a Washington Post article on the Hospital for the Negro Insane, where Elsie had lived for the majority of her life.