In the story, “The Minister's Black Veil” Hawthorne states, “how strange,’ said a lady ‘that a simple black veil, such as women might wear on her bonnet, should become such a terrible thing on Mr.Hooper's face!” A lady was talking about how people are overreacting about the veil on Hooper’s face and how if a lady wore one no one would think anything of it. In the story, Hooper states, “loathsomely treasuring up the secret of his sin; then deem me a monster, for the symbol beneath which I have lived, and die! I look around me, and, lo! on every visage a black veil!” The veil is causing him to be lonely and no one to talk to him, but he believes that everyone has a black veil. In “The Minister's Black Veil”, Hawthorne uses alienation to illustrate how the community around you can affect you as a person.
From subtle assumptions to blatant racism Harper Lee does an excellent job showing how powerful prejudice truly is. Harper Lee show the racism that was throughout the southern states in the 1930’s. On pg 158 Aunt Alexandra says ”don’t talk that in front of them”. In this subtle quote a huge topic is hiding. Aunt Alexandra refers to black people as “them”, and you should talk to them differently.
This draws a picture for the reader that the roof, the very thing that is meant to shelter and protect the family, is looming above them in the manner of a cowl—or thick hood—rich with secrets and distress. Chopin’s description of the home, especially the simile for the roof, informs the reader of the true nature of this seemingly happy family and the weight of unhappiness that is not only beginning to burden them but represents the evil they partake in by owning slaves. Mr. Aubigny fears that his wife is the very thing he hates the most in this world, not pure a hundred percent red-blooded Caucasian, and banishes her and their child from his estate on these accusations. In a twist of fate, it is Aubigny who comes to find out he is of mixed heritage. This can bring a new level to the symbolism of the sinking roof of his home as it shows the weight of his hatred towards others and himself that has driven his wife and child away.
Delicate and sensitive, she passively suffers the abuse of her mother, father, and classmates. She is a symbol of the black community’s self-hatred and belief in its own ugliness. Others in the community, including her mother and father, act out their own self-hatred by expressing hatred towards her. Pecola’s desire for blue eyes comes from her stereotypical perception that as a black female, she needs to look beautiful to be treated beautifully. She believes that being granted the blue eyes that she wishes for would change both how others see her and what she is forced to see.
Scout’s character could be classified as a tomboy: she spends her time with Jem and Dill, she wears overalls and pants and dislikes wearing skirts, and she gets in fights. Scout is often scrutinized and reprimanded by her aunt, Alexandra, for not being “ladylike.” Occasionally, Jem and Dill would not let her play games with them because she is a girl. Lastly, prejudice exists in the social standing of the families of Maycomb based on economic status. Families with professionals, like the Finches, are considered to be upper class. Poorer families, like farmers affected by the Great Depression, lie in the middle.
As a matter of fact, “Desiree’s Baby”, depicts the way in which gender and economic inequalities of mid 19th century southern society, effected the lives of many women and people of color. In the beginning of the story, Chopin talks about the L’Abri plantation, owned by Armand Augbiny and says, "young Aubigny's rule was a strict one, too, and under it his Negroes had forgotten how to be gay, as they had been during the old master's easy-going and indulgent lifetime" (Chopin). This shows Augbiny’s arrogance and indifference towards his slaves. Augbiny’s treatment of the slaves as a possessions rather than human beings, reveal that he had no consideration for people of color. Desire although white, is treated as a possession.
Dubose's narration about Jem's father shows her criticism about the fact that Atticus decided to defend a black man. To elaborate, Mrs. Dubose sat in her her on her porch when Jem and Scout pasted by. Instead of keeping her thoughts to herself, she yelled out to Jem and Scout “ Your father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for!” (Lee, ) In this comment, she expresses her frustration about Atticus taking a case that includes a black man. Additionally, Mrs. Dubose also presented her opinion that black people are like trash. In the end, Jem turns furious due to her racial comments and expressions towards Atticus, and the
Aurora Young Mrs. Austin Honors English I-AoIT 1, May 2017 Racial Inequality and Injustice in To Kill a Mockingbird Racism is an unrestrained force that plagues the society of today. It provides heavily opinionated theories, whether they are positive or negative, about all races. It is, however, disagreeable, and because of this, it can cause inequality and injustice among all people. Racism can also blind people from the truth about one's personality. Harper Lee, the author of the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, compares the Great Depression-stricken town of Maycomb to the Marxist views of “black versus white” opinions.
The grandmother lies about a secret panel to convince her son to take her where she wants to go. (Desmond 133). The grandmother’s lying and selfishness lead the entire family to their deaths. Even when she finds out that the house is in Tennessee, she keeps quiet because she doesn’t want to look bad. The grandmother is racist toward a black kid who is standing in the door of a shack: “Little niggers in the country don’t have things like we do” (O’Connor, par.
In the story “ On the Subway” the reader can identify that the narrator, the lady, is racist by noticing that the story uses allusion. For example, the lady says, “ I must profit from his darkness, the way he absorbs the murderous beams of the nation’s heart.” This is a refers to slavery which shows the reader that the lady is antiblack. Imagery is widely used in the story to show the reader the differences between the black boy and the white lady; in addition, it also shows how observant the white lady is on the black guy because she thinks she is going to get robbed or possibly killed. The lady describes the boy’s “black sneakers laced with white in a complex pattern like a set of intentional scars.” The lady says scars to show discrimination against black people by the white society. The lady also mentions the word “intentional” because white people would intentionally hurt black people by wiping them.