The book ruckus mainly begins when Gatsby asks Nick to basically be his wingman to help him meet with the love of his life, Daisy. But the only problem is… she has a husband with a big ego. Knowing Nick is judgemental he sprung to Jay Gatsby’s side in this awkward situation between Gatsby and Daisy. Nick Carraway also thinks highly of himself and his traits. So when somebody is so irritable, he decides to see the little things about that person and just pick that character apart when he’s judging them.
As seen on page 26, when Myrtle asks Wilson to fetch some chairs so she can plan a night out with Tom, Wilson merely responds with “‘oh sure’...and went toward the office mingling immediately with the cement color of the walls.” To attempt to fix his marriage, that he feels slipping away, he works diligently to raise enough money to move Myrtle west. Wilson even works while sick When Tom asks why he isn’t at his beck and call, Wilson tells Tom, “‘I’m sick’…‘been sick all day.’”( 123) Even though Wilson is sick, he still works hard to achieve his dream of a happy marriage. Later on in the book, Myrtle is killed in a car accident, when she is hit by Gatsby 's car when Daisy was driving. It is presumed by both Tom and
Critical Race Theory is the examination and interpretation of society’s behavior in dealing with race, class, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, etc. In A Raisin in the Sun, Walter had to deal with situations like white privilege, microaggressions, institutionalized racism, social construction, and intersectionality. By having to deal with these conditions, Walter fought to become “a successful man”. He wanted to be like his idea of a successful white man of the times with a nice house in the suburbs, a car for him and his wife, and be able to let his son go to any college he wants to. Walter just wants to try to be equal to white people, but racism keeps pushing him down.
The destinies of blacks living in America, however, took a long time and a lot of effort in order to change. Towards the end of the twentieth century, the civil rights movement – a struggle for African Americans to achieve rights equal to those of whites including equal opportunity in employment, housing, and education, as well as rights to vote- helped change their destinies. August Wilson, a well-known playwright during this time period, was famous for his plays such as Fences and The Piano Lesson. His plays are based off of his own experiences and explore a century’s worth of African American struggle and triumph. One of his plays, Fences, is about four generations of black Americans and how they have passed on a legacy of morals, mores, attitude, responsibility, and patterns.
In Robert Hayden’s Those Winter Sundays, the poet tells the story from a child’s point of view, reflecting on all the things that his/her father did on Sunday mornings for him/her because the father loves them so much. The author of Those Winter Sundays purpose in writing it is to show the reader that parents make sacrifices out of love all the time for their children, but the children don’t always see it at first. The poet communicates his theme through figurative language and sound devices. In this poem, Hayden uses figurative language, such as hyperbole. Things such as “blueblack cold”(2), and “banked fires blaze”(5), show the sort of exaggeration of the endures his father did for him.
James McBride in the Color of Water and William Golding in The Lord of the Flies use the the techniques of societal conflict and character development to convey to readers that adversity helps one grow. Throughout both novels, main characters grow through adversity found in the form of societal conflict. James McBride in The Color of Water, born to a Jewish mother and an African-American father, struggles to find a place in society. He cannot fit in with positive peers on either side, and thus chooses to live an unhealthy life. One summer while in Louisville, Kentucky, he associates himself with many unhealthy role models, neglecting his academic and musical talent.
E. B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington debated whether to confront or appease racist attitudes in the United States. As segregation regimes took hold in the South in the 1890s with the tacit approval of the rest of the country, many African Americans found a champion in Booker T. Washington and adopted his self-help autobiography, Up from Slavery (1901), as their guide book to improve fortunes. Washington portrayed his own life in such a way as to suggest that even the most disadvantaged of black people could attain dignity and prosperity in the South by providing themselves valuable, productive members of society deserving of fair and equal treatment before the law. A classic American success story, Up from Slavery solidified Washington’s reputation as the most eminent African American of the new century.
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, is set in the 1960’s, a time when men and women had specific and restrictive roles in society. Men were the ones to work and earn money for their families and women were expected to a caring and obedient homemakers. In many ways, those gender stereotypes are still very present today. The contrasting opinions of Atticus Finch and Aunt Alexandra provide the reader with the different views on how men and women should be raised, which in turn, affects the readers thoughts and opinions on the gender expectations and roles that are present in today’s society. In the novel, Lee uses Scout to demonstrate how the expectations of society are pushed onto girls at a young age.
In Dorothy Allison’s personal narrative, “Context” the author explores the possible outcomes from her lover being introduced to her family and how that would change the way her lover saw herself. Allison supports this by using indirect characterization to describe her family members and the effect her family members may have on her lover. Allison’s purpose is to explain how events affect one another in various ways because of everyone’s different context to the situation. Allison’s intended audiences are all men and women who read personal narratives to get a better understanding of the difficulties and experiences someone undergoes during the course of their life. I have mixed feelings about Allison’s personal narrative.
Curiosity is behind the spark of every great idea. Curiosity is very prevalent in Black Boy, written by Richard Wright, a powerful memoir detailing Richard’s childhood in the South: Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, and eventually Chicago during the Jim Crow Era. He was a black man growing up in a racist America. Curiosity is the reason for many of Richard’s empowering ideas in his young life. Richard’s curiosity leads him to desire education, question the roots of racism, and challenge authority.
While there, he is presented with several opportunities that could potentially transform him from a middle-aged rapist of young girls (or not if you as David) to something more positive and fulfilling. The first time we see David confronted with a way to grow out of old ways is when he goes to stay with his daughter in the country. He is used to living a lazy life where anything he could ever need was
Coates tells his son many different stories, some in which are very harsh. There are also times where Coates directly tries to reconnect with his son. For instance he uses phrases like, “Have I told you this before.” Coates shows his emotional and loving side to his son and wife. He understands that their lives aren’t necessarily the same, but they are both black living in a society created by the Dreamers. Overall, his bold and passionate language appropriately delivers his message on life in America as a black boy and man.
In Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, a biographical novel discussing race relations, he expresses his thoughts about being an African American in the United States. His innermost views repeatedly involve his memories of living in times where his own race is assaulted for irrational reasons. All of these thoughts were directly communicated toward his son, Samori, to convey that he wants his son to understand that being a black individual carries a large burden. In doing so, Coates wants to ensure that his son still remain ambitious and positive without down casting himself by the color of his skin. He conveys this message by incorporating many examples of metaphors and imagery in order to assert that being this particular race should not hinder his son’s desires.
Chester County, Pennsylvania’s public education system afforded me the opportunity for an enriched academic experience, as well as an opportunity to connect socially with people of all different races. Coming from a family who pushed academics, I always found myself to be one, of three black students in my honors and AP classes. I believed I could not relate with the majority of black students socially and academically, which is why I separated myself from them. In the rise of my freshman year I joined the Black Student Union (BSU) hoping to learn more about black culture and acquire new relationships with my black peers. Fortunately, the mission of the BSU was to create awareness about black culture, in hopes to diminish prejudice not only in the school but also in the community.