Tom was accused of raping a white woman who was Mayella Ewell, Mayella said he raped her while he was helping her with chores. She later on tells the readers that it was false allegations. The reason why she didn 't tell the truth at her first trial was because, Mayella was afraid of being embarrassed because she kissed a black male. She rather have an innocent man get charged with a crime than that. “However, Robinson was transferred from the state prison to Maycomb 's county jail on Saturday, two days before he stood trial on Monday, and Atticus had to defend him against a lynch mob”.
explicitly states Margaret’s motivation for doing that: ‘The slave mother … killed her child rather than see it taken back to slavery’ (557). These slaves saw death a better alternative than slavery and for the love they had for their children, they preferred killing them than allowing them see the dehumanizing institution of slavery. The slave women have always suffered as an effect of slavery. They were robbed of every possession – even their motherhood. That is why Sethe’s act of destroying her own creation becomes the subject and order of controversies.
Motherhood Annihilation Wrought by Slavery: An Elucidation of Toni Morrison’s Beloved P J GIFTLIN, Assistant Professor of English, Nesamony Memorial Christian College, Marthandam. Abstract Toni Morrison is s famous contemporary black female author who admirably succeeds in creating a ‘penetrating view of black motherhood’.
“Schoolteacher’s nephew represents a dismissal by whites of the dehumanizing qualities of slavery”. When Sethe is raped, schoolteacher observed how her body is exploited. The scars on Sethe’s back are so many that they resemble the trunk of a tree with its branches. Sethe bear scars on her back because she was whipped due to her try of escape. Amy Denver, a white girl that helped Sethe when she was running away from Sweet Home, calls the tree a chokecherry tree.
Black feminism issued as a theoretical and practical effort demonstrating that race, gender, and class are inseparable in the social worlds we inhabit. We need to understand the interconnections between the black and women’s
She wrote poems describing her beliefs and feelings about the inequality. She often used religion and spiritual beliefs to relate to her situation. In her poem “On Being Brought From Africa To America” she states, ”Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land, taught my benighted soul to understand that there’s a god, that there’s a Savior too.” In this statement, she is saying that it was god’s plan that she came to America and she understands it is will. She also says, “some view or sable race with a scornful eye, their color is a diabolic die, remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain, May be refin’d, and join th’ angelic train.”
Both women and children are granted no voice, no bodily integrity. If they are lucky like Claudia and Frieda Macteer, they will learn resistance strategies from their parents. But, if they are unlucky like Pecola Breedlove, they will learn various kinds of disempowered response. The novel also shows not only the suffrage of racial oppression, but also the tyranny and violation brought upon them by the men in their lives. The theme of male oppression over the women in the novel reaches its brutal climax during Pecola's father rape for her.
Living a cursed life, Singer’s “The Black Wedding” follows Hindele—the protagonist—who tries to avoid evil throughout her young life, but once her parents die, her life is engulfed in evil and horror. Forced to marry, she discovers that her husband is actually an “evil spirit.” She believes that her husband is the “devil” because he is cruel to her, tears off her clothes, martyr[s] her, abuse[s] her, and then shame[s] her. Her husband also rapes her and she becomes pregnant with another “devil.” Hindele could see this devil growing inside of her belly as though it were a “cobweb.”
In the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass tells a horrific but true story of his wife’s cousin being beaten to death. The slave was supposed to be watching the Hicks’ baby during the night, when she fell asleep. The baby started crying and the slave was slow to move, so Mrs. Hicks grabbed a stick and started hitting the slave with it. Mrs. Hicks broke the slave’s nose and breastbone, and managed to end the slave’s life. Frederick Douglass mentions so many other shocking stories in his autobiography.
Resistance to oppression is a fluid theme throughout these two works of literature, Angelou in Still I rise, An ode to the power that brews in us all to overcome our most difficult circumstances, and is truly an inspiration to all homestayers in the sixties no matter Their race. “She speaks not only for herself but also for her gender and race. This extension of self occurs in Angelou's autobiographies and protest poetry” (Hagen 118). Her status as being a powerful black woman in the house, portrays her self confidence to override anything that puts her down as she will always exceed to rise up. While on the other hand Susan Rawlings in To Room Nineteen saw suicide as her only outlet to her lack of freedom in her marriage.