"To Kill a Mockingbird" which was written in the year 1960 is widely seen as novel which pushed several boundaries. the portrayal of racial relations at the time of the battle for integration and equal rights, is one that stunned its readers. The book itself being written in the 1960 's yet conveying ideas in the 1920 's, in itself leaves many questions to be asked. The book made headlines in 1993 due to the fact that the government were pushing for censorship of the novel in school due to "stereotyping" of African Americans. "Eric Sundquist believes that "To Kill a Mockingbird" can be read as an allegory of the historical moment of its publication, moving back in time, in order to reflect, from a safe distance, upon the anxieties and racial tensions from the growing momentum of the Civil Rights Movement* and the 1954 court decision of Brown v Board of Education* One can interpret the narration of Atticus ' daughter in such a way that she is the "future hope" of society to move away from a close minded society of racial inequality and unjust penalties.
Being an African American she comes out strongly to condemn the oppression that the blacks underwent in the hands of the whites. She makes this factor a pillar for her argument saying that she cannot be identified with a name that originates from people who oppressed them and still oppress them. In other words, Dee is speaking from a vengeance point of view, “I couldn’t bare it any longer, being named after people who oppress me” (Everyday use p.53) and via this she now helps us to understand the reason as to why she dropped her original name and took another. This step seems satisfactory for her but in real sense it is betrayal to her own heritage, we can say that she is fighting a lost battle. Walker (1973) gives Dee a character that is full of ignorance and arrogance and by doing so she is able to achieve the theme of betrayal of heritage.
Event though this was a conflict between abolitionist people who were strongly for abolishing slavery in the United States some Northerners were still hesitant in trusting Blacks as there was still racism. During the speech, Philips does a significant job using several strategies such as analogies, comparisons,
The creation of Ellen Foster’s Identity A novel with an unexpected plot twist can be seen through Kaye Gibbon’s first and very successful novel, Ellen Foster, demonstrating the hardships of a young biracial girl in the 1900s. Through the use of subtle topics we can detect the characteristics Gibbons uses from the African American criticism to embed the hidden message for the audience. Through the use of diction used by and directed towards Ellen and foreshadowing, the reader can establish the character Ellen has formed for herself after the emotional journey she is forced to embark on. Using African American Criticism to analyze Ellen Foster, we can view the social and cultural situation that feed the experience of racial oppression that occurs throughout this novel. A racial oppression must be evident amongst an African American person by a race in majority, either by political, cultural, ideological or sociological.
This is problematized by her depiction of African-Americans in the novel as it includes the act of Slavery as a normative practice in the ‘South’ and the life of slaves on a Southern plantation. The critique of this novel generally steers away from the matter of race as it focusses on the protagonist – Scarlett O’Hara and her femininity in a deeply patriarchal society. But, race is an equally important aspect especially in terms of a modern critical reasoning. GWTW is set in Northern Georgia, the heart of the ‘South’ during the Reconstruction Era and the Civil War – an event which shook America and changed it in a way that could never be restored. Before the War, there was a certain lifestyle associated with the ‘South’: one of luxury and leisure.
During apartheid, the government was pressured by the international community which wanted apartheid to end. Many international campaigns were enforced on the south African economy which stressed the great extent the international community put on the south African apartheid government to modify the system. To understand everything better we need to first understand what apartheid was and how it originated. Apartheid basically was a system of established racial segregation and discrimination in South Africa and in 1912 black urban and traditional leaders founded the South African native national congress who believed in the opposition of the policies made by the first union of South Africa government which led to an increase in internal resistance.
Victorian literature is a literature written in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, or roughly from 1837 -1901. It is largely characterized by the struggle of working people and the success; of right over wrong. It happened to be in the Victorian era (1837–1901) that the novel became the leading classification in English. Women played an important part in this rising popularity both as authors as well as readers. Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888), the title of the book was meant to highlight the inferiority of women as compared to men, or, alternatively, describe the lives of simple people, "unimportant" in the social sense.
However, if you take the time to be more keen and deceptive by inspecting it, you can see that the main ideas are limned by the structure of the novel. From the beginning, the story begins with Pecola Breedlove being called “ugly”; henceforth the sneers, the disgusted looks, the bullying, and her perception of “I must have blue eyes to be beautiful.” Pecola’s thought process is quite compelling since around Morison’s time period, there has been strong emphasis on racial equality from the Civil Rights Movements such as the Little Rock Nine and the famous I Have a Dream speech from Martin Luther King Jr. Thus, with a bit of knowledge upon her background, the reader would believe that she would accentuate Pecola wanting lighter skin instead to deliver a message to not be discouraged by what society sets what qualities makes you stereotypically beautiful and instead embrace
Understanding how and why authors use certain quotes is key. Taking a look at Alice Walker’s use of Virginia Woolf’s writing in her, essay one can see what Walker is trying to do. Walker is using Woolf’s book to support her idea of legacy and deliberately providing an example of legacy. While not all of Woolf’s work goes unmolested, the core meaning is still present. Walker imposes terms for the suffering of slaves into the work of an upper class white British woman.
An Analytical Study of Humanism in Nadine Gordimer’s A World of Strangers Brinda.P, Assistant Professor of English, PSGCAS, Coimbatore Novel, a genre of literature is an apt vehicle to evolve as an eye opener to cure the social malady prevalent in the present world. Nadine Gordimer in her novel A World of Strangers brings out, a rare, amazing character Toby Hood, a White with the initiatives of mission modes for a positive change. He acts as a representative of Black community detaches himself from White people. This novel presents a social perspective on the living state of the Blacks under the exploitation and oppression, the forces that lame the life of black communities. It also exposes the battle of races between the Blacks and the Whites.