Whatever the girls faced throughout their lives was somehow connected by their racial background. During the time when Morrison wrote this story, racial discrimination was common and many people faced the consequences of it. This paper would try to highlight the issue of racism and how it affected people in their lives. ‘Recitatif’ the witty piece of literature by the Morrison is based on the two girls whose mother had abandoned them. They are from two different backgrounds as one is a white girl and the other is black.
She writes many novels on difficult subjects in society (“Laurie Halse Anderson-Mad Woman in the Forest”). In the story, the main character, Melinda Sordino, was raped at the end the summer before her freshman year. The novel follows her hardships as an outcast in the jungle-like environment of high school and her struggles so speak up for herself when she needs to the most (Anderson 3-198). In the novel Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson uses characterization, and style (created by symbolism and tone) in order to convey her theme that emotionally painful events, though difficult, can often lead to personal growth (3-198). Anderson conveys her theme through the use of characterization such as they way the characters act, how they are portrayed, described, and how they interact (or not).
Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison were the most famous abolitionists who spoke out publicity against slavery, racial discrimination, and were strong supporters of women’s rights. Douglass himself escaped from slavery and went from courage to freedom. He published his autobiography “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,” that is considered works of the narrative slave tradition and life learning lessons that he encountered. The narrative illustrates instances of Douglass courage on his journey. Freedom was not something that was given to him.
Morrison satirizes the internalized racism and what it can do to the most vulnerable member of a community, a young girl. At the same time, she does not want to dehumanize the people who wound this girl, because that would simple repeat their mistakes. Morrison decided to write a novel about how internalized racism affects young black girls in a range of ways, some petty and minute, some tragic and overwhelming. " Many critics explore how Morrison challenges prevailing stereotypes of African American women, especially in the women centered novels, like The Bluest Eye " (Raynor and Butler
Authors tend to use political and or social statements to express themselves in literature. Paul Laurence Dunbar talks about the inequality and discrimination that African Americans were facing in his poem “Douglass.”
As, Abraham Lincoln said: “When I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” Mark Twain, in his book continually criticizes the cruelty of human beings. One of the main themes that Mark Twain worked in his novel was the cruelty involved with Slavery. The life of a slave depicts that human beings are not always as benevolent as they appear to be. Twain in this novel exhibits the perfidious ways of slavery in America by ridiculing slavery’s outlandish ways. Satire is once again used to portray slavery in this novel.
The primary thematic concern in most Morrison’s novels is the trauma of slavery and racial prejudices experienced by Afro- Americans. She uses language to retrieve the experience of Afro- American cultural traditions, and sense of identity. Language becomes a means by which the lives of African Americans history and culture are preserved. The Theory of Trauma argues that for its victims, denial of horrible events seems to be the easiest way out. It is also due to traumatic suffering that they do not speak of the occurrences and the ‘self’, itself that is subject to trauma, is kept
Gordimer’s novel Burger’s Daughter is explicitly more realistic and politically charged. In an interview with David Attwell, Coetzee stated that he; “regard[s] it as a badge of honor to have had a book banned in South Africa […] This honor I have never achieved nor, to be frank, merited” (Coetzee ed. Attwell 298). Be that as it may, both fictional novels address how distorted and unequal relations between human subjects were created under colonial rule, resulting in a loss of identity for some and a sense of place among the colonized for
20th century literature is depicted by anger. Toni Morrison is one of the most eloquent novelists who has written some of demanding abuses of the modernism. Morrison 's writings focus on the life of African people in European communities and on their identity . Throughout Morrison 's novel, she does not use whites for main characters. ' 'The Bluest Eye ' ' is considered an autobiographical novel .
Through these characters’ experiences with narration, Adichie is able to illustrate its potentially therapeutic effect. “Trauma theory” is fundamentally integrated with the writing of history, with the narration of trauma as a key factor in being able to overcome it (De Mey 55). Adichie therefore affirms the value of narration and writing for the “digestion of the personal and communal past” (De Mey