INTRODUCTION & THEME OF THE MOVIE Slavery can be called as the theme in the book Twelve Years a Slave written by Solomon Northup. Slavery is an immoral practice in which one human being owns and treats other human as his own property. It is a wicked practice ended in the USA After the American Civil War. when Solomon is kidnapped Into slavery, the anti-slavery Republican Party has not yet made its mark, or it has not been founded. Solomon who is a free man, is aware of slavery only as he has informed by someone about it, and conversed with the slaves of southerners visiting up north.
“The most beautiful things in life are not associated with money; they are the memories and moments. If you do not celebrate those, they can pass you by.” -- Alek Wek “We Were Liars” is a novel that focuses on family reality, love, competition, and mystery. Cadence Sinclair is the narrator who tells us about her journey through summers on her family’s beach island, trying to remember what happened to her during her accident. E. Lockhart uses strong symbolism, imagery and figurative language in her writing. Cadence, the protagonist, uses variations to describe her family affairs through fictional writing.
Sophia Pruett Waples January 20th, 2017 The Liberation ‘Vacation’ During the time of slavery, African-Americans lived their day to day lives being treated as animals as they worked long hours. Their white masters felt a sense of power over them, and made the slaves feel as if they were lesser and inferior whites. Harriet Jacobs being a slave herself writes of her experiences being owned by a master and her personal anecdotes of slave masters trying to make slavery sound like the best option compared to living in poverty as a free slave. In chapter eight of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs uses Sentimentalism and simple language to prove that having freedom is better than being held as a slave, regardless of the conditions. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is a Sentimentalist story, and Jacobs uses this form of literature in order to get her point across.
Maya Angelou recalls the first seventeen years of her life, discussing her unsettling childhood in her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Maya and Bailey were sent from California to the segregated South to live with their grandmother, Momma. At the age of eight, Maya went to stay with her mother in St. Louis, where she was sexually abused and raped by her mother’s boyfriend, Mr. Freeman. Maya confronts these traumatic events of her childhood and explores the evolution of her own strong identity. Her individual and cultural feelings of displacement, caused by these incidents of sexual abuse, are mediated through her love for literature.
Drum Dream Girl Poet and author, Margarita Engle, in her poem, Drum Dream Girl, inspires many young individuals to never give up on their dreams, even if no one around them believes in them. She includes a changing tone, history about the Chinese-African-Cuban culture, and a strong use of pathos. A story is told about a little girl, Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who dreamt about playing the drums with an all-boys group; which was frowned upon in her tribe. In the first Stanza of Drum Dream Girl, Engle starts off the poem with imagery. She describes the island by calling it “an island of music in a city of drum beats” to represent the importance of music and most importantly the sound of drums in their culture and everyday life.
For example one of these pieces of writings is a poem which is the Butterfly poem and the other writing is based on a true story. Also the butterfly poem is about being trapped behind bars and wondering what it would be like to be free. But Kristinas story is based on them being in a sewer trying to break free and escape without being caught and sent to the death camp. Another difference is Kristinas story is with 20 other people and they were worried and scared but not being tormented. When in the butterfly story it is about a lonely person in death camp being tortured to death.
The Mockingbird 's Songs “Mockingbirds don 't do one thing except make music for us to enjoy.” These famous words come from the equally famous work of literature, How to Kill a Mockingbird. The book is about a young girl, Scout, and her family who live in the racist southern town of Maycomb during the Great Depression. Scout grows up oblivious to much of the injustice around her and fascinated by the reclusive societal outcast Boo Radley. The book uses the mockingbird as a powerful symbol of innocence and is portrayed through several people and concepts. Perhaps the most compelling evidence of the mockingbird 's symbol of innocence is the character of Tom Robinson.
This short story, Names/Nombres, written by Julia Alvarez is an autobiographical fiction story. It is an autobiographical fiction with added parts that didn’t happen, but it is explaining how complicated it was for her to adapt to the new culture. This is how she got inspired to write this story and choose the theme. Since every summer her family went to Dominican Republic, the exchanges between countries informed her cultural understanding. This also affected how she wrote this story.
Cristina Garcia’s Dreaming in Cuban is narrated through a multiplicity of voices as the characters struggle to reconcile their identities either within Cuba or as immigrants in America. These narrative accounts express the consequences of political unrest in Cuba (between 1972 and 1980) on the formation of a stable identity, as well as the consequences of such on family kinships. As such, the main themes expressed throughout the novel include displacement and distance, which are prominently reflected through the characterizations of Lourdes and Pilar, and their connection to Cuba and America. Cristina Garcia’s Dreaming in Cuban, then, explores the consequences of cultural exile on shaping a stable sense of self-identity, challenging the idea
Persepolis is a graphic bildungsroman by Marjane Satrapi which is based on Satrapi’s childhood memories and her coming of age throughout the novel. At the start of the book, Marji is 10 years old, living in Iran, when she starts talking about her childhood and she ends the book by going to France at the age of 24. She is also interested in knowing about war and politics. Surroundings that people grow in can affect and influence them in many ways. Marji talks about the laws and problems that she and her family face.
California Cooper had the same reason to want to pass for white. The whole novel took place during the civil war and slavery times and most of the main characters were slaves themselves. Just because they were born with into the life of a slave, they were treated worse than dogs; as if their own lives did not matter. The story was told by Clora, who was a little girl who grew up in the life of a slave and had many children. She tried to save her babies from that life by poisoning them and herself, however her children survived.
Frederick Douglass was born as a slave in 1818 on a plantation in Maryland. After many years of enduring the pain and horrifying experiences of being a slave and then running away and staying hidden, he bravely published Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. His narrative tells of his life as a slave, secretly learning to read and write, then leading up to his escape and the beginning of his life in New York. He uses a strong array of syntax, powerful sentence structure, and familiar poetic and biblical references to pull the reader in. These literary techniques are meant to make the reader feel the same fear, helplessness, and anger Frederick Douglass and many other slaves felt at the time.
Furthermore, Douglass 's early unhappiness childhood reflected an indictment of slavery, which exposed psychologically to physical impacted of slavery to slave children who lack of love of family. Although, Douglass was separate from his mother, he was raised and has been protected and raised by his grandmother, who took the parenthood responsibility to take care slave’s children whom parents were sold by the slave-owner in the slavery, his childhood not directly experienced the everyday violence of adult slaves. This shaped him was able to go beyond other slaves understand the different between a real person and slave. Douglass recalled the witness of his first slave masters, Captain Anthony, who was whipping Douglass’s Aunt Hester until “the
But she attains the eternal freedom through commit suicide and it ends her painful experiences as a sex slave to the Thai pirate. Linh, the “shy flower” was a close friend of Toan and the younger daughter of Mai, she inherited her mother’s personality of being strong. She did not cry when her mother was taken away. Although she felt sick travelling, she made it all the way to Australia with constant vomiting on a boat, a plane or a train.Linh’s strong personality helps her get freedom in spite of all the suffer. Only the heart describes the extraordinary efforts of Vietnamese immigrants in search of a better life and freedom.
Two examples of slave narratives that I had found strikingly similar was an interview with a Mr. James Monroe Abbot who was a documented slave born in 1854 and an excerpt from the narrative of Solomon Northup called “12 Years A Slave”. These both had shared a large resemblance by how much pain both had felt physically whether it be through traditional working in the fields as a slave on a plantation, or through means of torture and constant cruelty. “Dat night mah feet cracked open un’, when I had to take de fires I left a trick o’ blood across de flo.” “Burch commenced beating me. Blow after blow was inflicted upon my naked body. When his unrelenting arm grew tired, he stopped and asked if I still insisted I was a free man.