Glimmer Of Hope In Anne Moody's Coming Of Age In Mississippi

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A Glimmer of Hope

“I WONDER, I really WONDER” (Allen 289), these were the last words Anne Moody wrote in her famous autobiography Coming of Age in Mississippi. In her autobiography Moody, an African American girl, reflects on her personal experiences with segregation during her lifetime. Throughout the story she shares her personal accounts on when she began to realize the difference between her and the white people around her. At a young age Moody struggled to understand why she wasn’t allowed to use the same bathroom as the white people and why her and her family couldn’t be in the downstairs lobby of the theatre. Throughout her Autobiography she shows both glimmers of hope along with more frequent glimmers of despair. The big question when …show more content…

She kept coming back and fighting for what she believed in, in hope that one day the segregation between whites and blacks would be non-existent. One sign of hope that she writes about in chapter twenty-one of her autobiography is her trip back to Tougaloo from the delta where she and Rose had been canvassing for the SNCC. If they could have afforded the private cab back, they would have taken it but since they didn’t have the money they were forced to take the Trailways back. When getting in line to purchase the tickets, Moody asked Rose is she wanted to use the white entrance. Rose jokingly agreed but it seemed Anne though she was serious. In the paragraph above their travel back to Tougaloo Anne shows her first major glimmer of hope in the autobiography where she writes “That summer I could feel myself beginning to change. For the first time I began to think something would be done about the whites killing, beating, and misusing Negros. I knew I was going to be a part of whatever happened.” (Allen 264) It’s ironic write after she said this, she began to tell the story of the bus ride back to Tougaloo because it shows that she is hopeful that maybe she won’t be discriminated against. When she says “for the first time I began to think something would be done” I shows that she begins to believe that soon

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