This perspective effectively communicates key events of Douglass’ life through a manner in which a contemporary audience can empathize. He provides graphic and tragic descriptions of what he witnessed with little restraint, such as when how Colonel Lloyd brutally whipped his Aunt Hester; “I have often been awakened at the dawn of day by the most heart-rending streaks… [he would] whip upon her naked back till she was literally covered with blood,” (Douglass, I). He explains his emotional outlook concerning what occurs around him, which gives valuable insight into his own thoughts and beliefs as it is a primary source. In The Awakening, Kate Chopin applies a third person omniscient point-of-view to the story. At times, it is completely objective and provides a narration of simple character actions and exposition details, such as when the narrator states, “Mr. Pontellier had prepared for bed…
Moreover, this account of oneself offers an unique perspective on how the women saw and chose to portray themselves. Nüshu ballads display certain features, fore mostly an expression of anguish and grievance. Typical Nüshu ballads start by introducing the narrator or writer being by herself and describe the narrators personal suffering to an undefined reader. Their private sufferings are made subject to the public empathy by certain stock phrases.
Sethe’s actions are all molded by her struggles that are created from her enslaved past and her supernatural presence. “A wounded, enraged baby is the central figure of the book, both literally, in the character of Beloved, and symbolically, as it struggles beneath the surface of the other major characters” (Schapiro 195). Morrison is able to convey the psychological effects of slavery upon a whole family. Offspring, who were not enslaved, are still damaged from the scars of their mother. Morrison’s novel does not only expose a fictional novel presenting the story of a certain slave, but it also analyzes the true mental and emotional effects of captivity.
(Conklin 188). Josephine lies, possibly to reassure Missus or to avoid the consequences that she as a slave may receive talking back to their masters. Conklin has created an air of frustration and hurt feelings in this scene as Missus confesses that she knows about Josephine’s thoughts of escaping, which seem to push Josephine further and further away from her. “A pure rage gripped Josephine,” and “darkness spilled forth into the room.” (189) With this you can see the author is really putting emphasis on these thoughts Josephine is having.
I swear to God” (Rankine 29). Here the “angry black woman” stereotype is fully realized with the actions by Serena. Although she had a justifiable right to be angry, one must remember that her actions are being amplified simply because of her race which doesn’t fit the historical form of the sport. Keeping to the flow and progression of the story Rankine
Making Light of Tragedy In Making Light of Tragedy by Jessica Grant is a collection that portrays both arrogance and uncertainty. They exemplify to a great extent what it is like to feel lost in a world that seems so simple. Grant creates vivid imagery ensuring that the reader can paint the picture beautifully in their head and understand the moral of the story. The two short stories “The Anxiety Exhibit” and “Bellicrostic” capture the motif of feeling lost, trapped and unhappy exceptionally well.
"Kahlo painted herself as the quietly suffering female. In every possible sense, the mass-culture Kahlo embodies that now-poisonous term: victim-hood. She was the victim of patriarchal culture, victim of an unfaithful husband, and simply the victim of a horrific accident. But that's probably one reason why she's so popular.” "She dramatized the pain in her paintings, while carefully cultivating a self-image as a 'heroic sufferer.'"
In her novel “Beloved” author Toni Morrison explores femininity, breaking it down into motherhood and sexuality, and examines how trauma effects these concepts. Through her use of flashbacks and analysis of the woman Sethe becomes because of trauma, the reader understands the difficulty of her “Rough Choice.” Slavery was an equally devastating experience for both men and women, who were torn from their homeland, family and tradition, then forced to work. They performed grueling labor and were denied their most basic rights; all while being subjected to mental and physical degradation. Enslaved people were beaten without mercy, separated from loved ones, and, regardless of sex, treated as property in the eyes of the law.
Aunt Alexandra put her hands to her mouth… I thought Aunt Alexandra was crying” (Lee 315-316). Aunt Alexandra had always organized the families of Maycomb into different social classes, with African Americans most likely at the bottom. So, it would come as a shock that she had one of the most emotional reactions to the news.
Throughout the narrative Douglass uses rhetorical imagery in order to provide readers with an insight to the true horrors of slavery. In chapter one of the narrative, Douglass speaks of the time when he would witness his aunt being tortured and beat by the master. He writes about seeing her “covered in blood” with “a whip upon her naked back”. Douglass uses and explains this experience in detail in order to paint a picture in the readers’ head and give them a firsthand experience to the harsh life of a slave. By using blood as an example of what he sensed, he is bringing in a word that is emotionally tied.
Rhetorical Analysis of "How to Read and Write" (Frederick Douglass) During an era of slavery, Jim Crow Laws, and no hopes of abolition, Frederick Douglass invites his audience into a world where slavery enters the kindest of souls, and purifies the soul to have nothing but hatred and anger. In the empowering narrative, “Learning to Read and Write”, Douglass enunciates the cruelty of slavery and its pervasive impacts, with the help of Douglass’ vast journey to ultimately gain his thinking skills through reading and writing. Douglass expresses these actions with elaborate metaphors and immaculate details that keeps the audience on their toes to witness what happens next. Growing up as a slave, Douglass became curious about the art of reading
The auto-biography “An American Slave” of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass is about the life of a life of a slave who eventually became free due to his advantage of education. Douglass discussed his experience of being born into slavery and escaping and becoming the symbol of strength and hero he is known as today. He, in detail, explains how contradicting the Constitution and the actual society in that time period were to each other. Douglass’ purpose of writing this novel was to not only tell his story but to also express his attitudes towards the “American Promise” and the “American Individual”. In the novel Douglass used similes, metaphors and imagery to convey his personal attitudes about the American Promise and the American Individual
Overall, Douglass' narrative addresses the serious problems and misconceptions of slavery and it reveals the truths. Douglass urges his readers to not believe in the so-called romanticism of slavery, or that blacks are intellectually inferior, or inferior at all, or that their prospects are better as slaves. He begs that his readers discover the truths, by reading about them through his own life experiences. Within Douglass' experiences, he successfully debunks the mythology of slavery by disproving that there is anything positive about. Because Douglass reached freedom, he knows that it can never be attained unless it is fought for.