Despite the connotations that Adventures of Huckleberry Finn may have lost focus in its message of anti-racism, the novel still displays a thoughtful and engaging take on the status of racism through setting and character development. Though authors like Jane Smiley believe the book is overpraised because the characters are shallow and ignored, Twain’s subtle commentary on racism through the use of his characters helps to create a realistic understanding of the social conditions at the time. One of Smiley’s main arguments against Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is that the novel overshadows Uncle Tom’s Cabin which she considers has more in-depth characters than the former book. “Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which for its portrayal of an array of thoughtful, autonomous, and passionate black characters leaves Huck Finn far behind.” From the excerpt we can see that Smiley
He is the epitome of the oppressed indigenous African people and introduces the theme of freedom. Cesaire establishes Caliban as the protagonist of the play and draws significance on Caliban’s attempt towards the quest for freedom. When Caliban is introduced to the audience in the second scene of ACT I, the first word he utters is “uhuru”. This sets the perimeter for his actions throughout the play “A Tempest”, were freedom is foremost on his agenda. Caliban is evidently more defiant and harsh to Prospero in “A Tempest”, were he is rebellious in that he uses his native language and uses language Prospero taught him to retort to Prospero’s commands with insult; this is evident in Caliban’s speech “I’ll impale!
A single story can be dangerous for the simple fact that we miss the whole story. The one-sided view on life can lead to stereotypes and judgement of others. Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness is an example of this single story. This Polish-British writer is claimed to be a great author, with Heart of Darkness being his most popular work. In this novel he speaks through his main character Marlow about white settlers colonizing Africa, harming, exploiting and, portraying the natives in many inhumane ways.
(European Graduate School) In Sonny’s Blues Baldwin shows both his influence of from Black people and drug addiction to the loneliness that situations create and how isolation occurs during troubling times. Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin is a story of struggle and redemption through others. James Baldwin uses the narrator the story from a first person point of view which leads to a sense of disorientation in the reader and contributes to the stories theme of forgiveness. The reader is disoriented because the story is told in first person point of view. The narrator tells Sonny’s story and his story at the same time which can also cause a sense of disorientation in the reader.
‘Heart of Darkness’ was written in 1899 by a Polish novelist Joseph Conrad, about the expedition up the Congo River in the Heart of Africa. This essay will mainly deal with the reference of the ‘darkness’ in the novel and it even deals with the theme which will further support the statement. The idea of ‘darkness’ in ‘Heart of Darkness’ represents evil or dark side of Humanity. It is also related to the idea of colonization, especially when it comes to the idea of mistreatments of people and misuse of natural resources. Throughout the novel, we see Conrad gives us idea about how deceiving one could be.
The Poisonwood Bible explores multiple different meanings ranging from love and loyalty, to ignorance and political oppression. While it is a story of the journey of the Price family in the Congo, Kingsolver uses these narratives to draw a bigger picture of the geopolitics that are at play in the Congo. I think the overarching theme of the novel is ignorance and its opposite: empathy. We follow the journeys of ignorant characters such as Rachel and Nathan Price and are given a parallel with the journeys of Adah, Leah, and Orleanna. However Kingsolver showcases the realities of life here or beyond by the end of the novel where it is clear that none of the characters we met at the beginning would end up with lives that fulfilled all their dreams
Also, the fact that she had a conversation with Lennie portrays that no one else wanted to socialize with her and that Lennie was the last result. Since she married her new husband, she has constantly been living in the background of his shadow. Ultimately, this would be classed as pathetic fallacy because her husband was full of darkness. The fact Curley’s wife lives in her husband’s shadow portrays that she lives the lonely back end of life. Evidence to support this is: ‘I get lonely’ Curley’s wife said ‘you can talk to people, but I can’t talk to nobody but Curley else he gets mad’ .This quotation represents the isolation and solitude that she went through in her life.
While the novel paints a picture of imperialism by recounting the brief independence of the Congo, the relationship of the Price family and their interactions with Africa are more representative of the effects of imperialism on different types of people. In the novel, the father and missionary Nathan Price represents an imperialist power, his wife and daughters represent the civilians of imperialist countries, and Kilanga and the Congo
Those who feel the novel encourages racism say that because of the stereotypes used when featuring Jim, how Huck and Tom treated Jim, and how often the N-word is brought up Twain had hoped to encourage racism. However there is still strong evidence that proves why that might be a misunderstanding. If twain was intending to encourage racism then why would he make Him seem so much of a better person than the duke, king, and Huck's father. Also when Twain illustrates the black and white symbolism he portrayed Him as white man and Huck's father, who is a white man, as dark and scary. Then throughout the story as a reader you feel empathy for Jim he begins to become one of the favorite characters in the novel.
There are several key themes discussed throughout Things Fall Apart, including gender roles, culture, tradition and the effects of imperialism. Gender roles are portrayed from very early on in the book. The Igbo society conformed to the stereotypical gender roles seen throughout the world, not only in Africa. Men were supposed to be strong and provide for their families while women were supposed to support their husbands, cook their meals and help in the fields. Okonkwo, the main character, idealizes manliness, taking it to the extremes.