Twain 's skillfully written satire appeals to the hypocrisy of the 1830 's-1840 's. He depicts white men and women as less moral and compassionate in comparison to the African American characters portrayed. Twain often shows the inconceivable cruelty brought upon African Americans as the "status quo". Creating Huck as a child represents how far society has gone to stain the young minds of the community. However, Twain creates a larger hypocrisy by having Huckleberry bewilderingly befriend Jim as he undergoes an internal battle to betray Jim due to the color of his skin.
Set in the 1930s in northern Alabama where slavery was at its peak, the book To Kill A Mockingbird is narrated in Scout’s point of view. Through Scout’s eyes, Harper Lee illustrates examples of racism and social inequality and these reveal what it was like for the blacks during that period in America. The racist rationales and social inequality in Maycomb county are, according to the characters, something that is reasonable. Throughout this book, Harper Lee criticises mainly racism and how unjust human beings can be. The readers are able to see how the blacks and the whites were treated differently and how they avoided inter-racial interactions.
With each incident, he learns a lesson about how blatantly the black population is disregarded, along with being given an object that represents the underlying racism found in a society. The first betrayal, comments on the futility of hard work
Throughout his passage, “Just Walk on By”, Brent Staples sends the message that discrimination has affected the lives of many in several negative ways. He particularly uses irony and satire as tools to prove his point, using them almost like a verbal blade to cut through public image and stereotypes, as well as his proficient use of powerful diction and syntax to strike rememberable points into the reader’s mind. Staple’s use of irony is very simple yet effective. His message is that he is not a stereotypical black criminal, so he portrays himself as one to show how ridiculous that it really is. When he says “My first victim was a woman”, he tries to conjure up images of a stalker or a murderer or even just a plain old mugger, which is what the stereotype of a large, black man, like he explains that he is immediately following this statement.
Perception defines the world around you. It affects every aspect of your being: your thoughts, actions, beliefs, etc… In the novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, Jean Louise “Scout” Finch begins to understand just how impactful perception can be as she witnesses the deterioration of the dignity of Tom Robinson, a black man who is being tried for the rape of a white girl. In this intriguing read, Harper Lee demonstrates the theme of inaccurate allegations very effectively. More specifically, when inaccurate allegations that are solely based on perceptions are presented, the consequences can be significant, for others may suffer at great lengths. Perceptions are often incorrect when one is unwilling to believe or does not have all of the facts.
The short stories “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson and the adapted version of “Big Gene” by William H. Cole both reveal the risks of expressing intellectual freedom. For one to have opinions and thoughts is to have intellectual freedom. In the event of two characters in particular however, stating their own right grants them issues. For Tessie Hutchinson of “The Lottery”, her point of view contributes to her grave fate. Big Gene faces discrimination from his wife and the rest of the black community as well as being further shunned by the white people he encounters.
Racism is one of the most important social and national issues that face the word. As resistance literature is decrying oppression, injustice, terrorism and violations of the people rights , it also decries racism .Ralph Ellison is one of the writers of the resistance literature , who is fighting against racism though his writings. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison , represents resistance literature and its important issues which is racism ; through racial polices and the loss of individual identity. The novel starts with the narrator who is college-educated black man struggling to survive and succeed in a racially divided society that refuses to see him as a human being, he introduces himself as an "invisible man" which is the title of the novel .
In the essay “Just Walk on By” written by Brent Staples, the author uses a mixture of exaggeration, quoting, and word choice to grasp the attention of his readers and further his point that racial profiling is an unfortunate circumstance that impacts African American men in negative ways. One can witness very early on in the piece that exaggeration is used, particularly with the way Staples describes his actions. By referring to the first woman to run from him as “My first victim”, two effects are created. The harshness of the word “Victim” draws in attention, and causes one to crave a further investigation into the story. When reading further, the exaggeration is put into place once the reader realises that he committed no crime, and was simply walking down the street.
After he had been done with the work, he realized that he had worked for long and he asked Lilian extra money. Lilian thought that he was a thief like all the other black South Africans, and attacked him thinking that he tried to rob her. It is a very interesting story that tries to talk about the discrimination of the blacks done by the whites. From the story, I think that Lilian Thurgood was not right, and she did the wrong thing. Therefore, I would like to critic what she did in the story “The Guilt”, farther ahead in the speech.
John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men both protests and explores the sense of injustice that pervades the novella. Set in a time in America where inequity formed a prevalent part of society, Steinbeck dissents against this unfairness through his characterisation and treatment of his characters. His portrayal of the inequality, sexism and racism affecting Lennie, Candy, Curley’s wife, and Crooks is a subtle objection to such injustice, and he suggests that these prejudices severely constrain the victims of such intolerance. Through investigating the weak and the prejudiced, Steinbeck suggests that discrimination can destroy lives, both figuratively and literally. The way Steinbeck dichotomises society into the weak and the strong is a clear protest against ableism and the inequality between these two personae.