Joseph Rosenblum wrote in an exert from his book, and literary analysis of Desiree’s Baby: “Kate Chopin clearly sympathizes with the plight of people of mixed blood and points out the evils of a slave system that one creates a condemned miscegenation. Her chief concern, however is not with the souths “particular institution”, a topic she rarely treated in her fiction.” (Joseph Rosenblum) The main reason that so many authors agree on the same point of view is because of the ironic ending. “It means the child is not white, that you are not white.” “Night and day I thank God that Armand will never know that his mother who adores him belongs to the race that is cursed with the bland of slavery.” In those words from the letter his mother wrote to his father Armand’s world came crashing down upon his head. His hate, and vicious blows to his beloved wife’s heart was all for nothing. How he himself is the thing he hates the most, a beautiful and masterfully crafted endings to a wonderful story, justice was served, and we the readers now know that this was clearly a play against slavers, due to how ironic the ending
There are contrasting opinions about Cathy Ames within the characters from Steinbeck’s novel East of Eden, some of which are her neighbors whom she left them behind with "a scent of sweetness” (Steinbeck; Ch. 8); then there are other characters who thought of her as an inhuman monster who manipulates to do evil and destroy someone’s life. Her beauty does not reflect her actions, making her an innocent illusion, sugar coated, with despicable sprinkles, and poisonous filling. She mostly has evil intentions behind every - even good - action. Cathy can be nice and do good actions, but only with a selfish reason behind it, which shows how Steinbeck portrayed distorted evil in a woman and how this façade is all revealed and hated.
Soyinka uses a touch of irony within his poem, specifically when the black man gets offended by the lady asking about his skin color, when he himself just applied a stereotype to the landlady. This is ironic, because neither of these actions are acceptable, and both degrade the communications between the two, even though the lady never knows how he is truly feeling. Olds relies heavily on the use of colors and imagery to show the negative impacts of stereotypes and prejudice. When she describes how white people have advantages in the nation, and black people are the target of murderous beams, and absorb them like “black cotton” would absorb the sun. The imagery she uses is so strong, that it really drives how the point the author is trying to make, racism and prejudice are unacceptable (Olds,
If identity is equal to body, as Cynthia Dobbs argues in “Tony Morison’s Beloved: Bodies Returned, Modernism Revisited”, and whites equate blackness to body, as Sima Farshid, professor of English at university of Karaj Azad, claims, then whites thought blacks to be despicable, worthless, intelligently incapable, and sexual proactive. Therefore, and thirdly, the psychological consequences of these white ideals depleted black sense of self-worth and ultimately their identity. Hence, Blacks (embodied in Beloved) were forced to repress trauma erected from white dominant culture which caused them a lack in self-indemnity. The characters in Beloved, particularly, Sethe, Paul D, and Beloved learn what it meant to be black by challenging previous notations that they belonged not to themselves but to the
The stratification of society at the time of Jane Eyre’s creation acted as a catalyst for the conceived superiority of the upper class, and their apathy towards the suffering of others. The high modality and divisive connotations of “worth” “notice” and “association” when Mrs Reed states, “I told you not to go near her: she is not worth of notice. I do not choose that either you or your sisters should associate with her,” her immoral distain for the lower classes is displayed through her attitude towards Jane and her interactions with the Reed children. This reinforces the influence of class within Reed’s concerns. She immorally disregards the necessity of Jane joining the family unit, instead prioritising the maintenance of class distinction.
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 communities. She expresses that in some instances the word may be used as an appellation within the black community that expresses a sense of empowerment and freedom.
Adichie 's Purple Hibiscus is a women 's activist work that difficulties the dehumanizing inclinations of the menfolk as clear in the character of Mama (Beatrice Achike) who in the long run uncovered the African origination of a perfect lady who keeps stupid even notwithstanding mortification, exploitation, and ruthlessness in order to be seen as a decent lady. We will put forth a resonating defense to depict that Achike has a place with the class of liberal woman 's rights. In any case, as occasions unfurls, she was constrained by circumstances outside her ability to control to react and go radical keeping in mind the end goal to smash anything that stands in her approach to joy. This paper in investigating the diverse fundamentals of woman 's rights will recognize that radical women 's liberation is an off shoot of brutality. We should contend that radical women 's liberation is a radical response to dehumanization, mortification, and brutality.
Is Heart of Darkness Racist? Racism is defined as “a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others” (Dictionary.com Unabridged, n.d.) Using this definition, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, as a whole, does not condone racism, but rather condemns it. Anyone who has read the novel clearly knows that this novel contains racist elements such as the cringe worthy descriptions of native Africans. However looking past the surface of the book, one will recognize that the underlying message this novel gives about native Africans is positive, not derogatory. Hence, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness contains ideas that redeem itself from its inclusion of discriminatory aspects, proving Chinua Achebe’s claim of it being an “offensive and deplorable book” (Achebe, 1977) false.
The Bluest Eye, written by Toni Morrison, sheds light on the themes of race and identity. Criticizing the idea of whiteness as a standard form of beauty, Morrison not only touches on the common problems which black community experienced, but also makes it clear that internalized racism experienced by a young girl can cause her own end. The story is narrated by Claudia as a child and Claudia as an adult. Her perspective is noteworthy because it intermingles the child’s and the adult’s perspectives. Claudia and her elder sister are the only ones who are able to understand Pecola’s condition.