Social inequalities between black and white people are no longer as distinct as they were a few decades ago. Nevertheless, many people still have a lot of prejudices against African-Americans. The unfairness of socioeconomic status can be seen in our daily lives yet it is something that we push to the back of our minds. By showing these social inequalities through the use of language, Toni Cade Bambara 's short story "The Lesson" raises awareness for the African-American pursuit of cultural identity and emancipation. The reader gains an insight into the world of a black working class girl, named Sylvia, who narrates the story in African American vernacular English (AAVE).
The dark cell was very narrow you can not stand up straight in there because of how narrow it is. The prisoners had to suffer in a very uncomfortable position. Even worse the prison guards would throw in scorpions and snakes for their punishments just to let them suffer even more. Ill-behaved inmates spent time in the “Dark Cell,” chained to ring-bolts in severe isolation. During this era there were lots of poor and cruel conditions within the prison and these were some of the major ones within the dark cell.
Hughes wrote “Mother to Son” during the Harlem Renaissance when the idea of blackness and cultural identity for African Americans began to grow (Graham). During this time, African Americans started to embrace their cultural differences from white Americans. They started to create art, music, and literature that represented their history and culture. Part of this culture included the
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl opens with an introduction in which the writer, Harriet Jacobs, expresses her purposes behind composing her life account. Like all other slaves, her life story was story was horrific and shocking enough that she would have rather kept it private, however she felt that making it open may help the abolitionist development and will probably make others aware that what all of them went through. An introduction by abolitionist Lydia Maria Child puts forth a comparative defense for the book and she thus keeps the story of Jacobs’ in front of the world. In the book, Incidents in the Life of Slave Girl, the author as by the pen name of Linda Brent tells her story of twenty years spent in slavery with her master Dr. Flint, and her
She then moves to Africa to preach with Samuel and Corrine and Nettie faithfully writes letters to Celie. Nettie 's experience in Africa helped introduce imperialism and pan-African struggles to the novel. Shut Avery was first thought to be a woman of dubious morals. She dressed scantily, had “a nasty women’s disease, and she was even spurned by her own parents. When Celie sees a photo of her she’s amazed by her glamorous looks and Shug reminds Celia of her mama.
In the novel titled, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Jacobs, wanted to write about her experiences as a slave and how she managed to escape from slavery. This novel can be entitled to many themes, but the theme that touched me the most was about all the slave women and how they were treated. I think that Jacobs emphasized how for slave women the situation was the worst because they were always viewed as sex objects. I believe that Harriet Jacobs thought that women were expected to obey their masters all the time and had so much responsibilities to do. Jacobs gave reference to all of this by providing her life events; for example when Dr. Flint told her, “you deserve it… to be under such treatment… forget the meaning of the word peace.”
Belonging has a very strong impact on everyone, including yourself and people surrounding you. Some people feel the need to be belonged because of the attitudes of others, it changes in negative ways which drives them into negative situations. The movie Mean Girls explores the negative impacts causing them to be belonged strongly. Cady Heron was a girl from Africa, moving to a public school. Cady Heron did not have an identity, it was formed after meeting the plastics.
I think the author wrote this book to let the readers’ know more about Indigo and its origins. She shared us her personal journey, and throughout the book she faces many struggles to find the pure indigo which shows the reader that the indigo is not something that we can find in everyday basis, it proves that the indigo is one of the most important treasure in our textile world. Through her book, we can also learn more about Africans life such as how they live, and how they feel about the Indigo. We can find how precious the indigo is in African culture. I believe her most intended audience are the people who are involved with textile industry since the book shares the history and importance of indigo.
Overall, going to this event was such a good idea; it opened my eyes to another culture other than my own. I 'm guilty of focusing on myself sometimes that I forget that people in other cultures struggle just as I do, we all have issues, we all have things we face and struggle with on a day to day basis. African Americans have been the victims to injustice for such a long time, coming from slavery and now high levels of incarceration. Understanding how correcting this can actually change history little by little is so important but cannot be done by one person, we all need to come together as one and correct these deep rooted issues that African Americans have been the victims to
However, the author, as a black woman, was excluded from this system. Therefore, she showed how she was longing to create a real home for herself and her children. However, the author, by explaining the example of the black woman who had a real home, also asserted that though having a home and a stable family life is valuable, it should be balanced with personal freedom to guarantee a woman’s individuality. The psychological abuses of slavery: The author also mentioned about the physical brutality and how slaves were forced to endure deprivation. However, she mostly focused on explaining the mental problems of slaves caused by physical abuses.