Angelou also expresses this powerful and courageous tone in the very first stanza. The author illustrates, “you may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies, you may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I 'll rise” (Angelou). This quote shows how bitter and prejudice whites treated blacks in this time period, but Angelou was unhindered and determined to go down swinging. Angelou rhymes “lies” and “rise” in this stanza which is effective in explaining her experience living through segregation and abuse, because it shows there was no sincerity between the two races and through that she still brought herself up to be better. The placement of this stanza was strategically brilliant.
Kincaid states that we “cannot get over the past, cannot forgive and cannot forget” (26); therefore, Kincaid feels that the past influences the present. She wants the reader to closely analyze the historical factors of racism to shape our lives no matter our race or religion. In A Small Place, Jamaica Kincaid states that racism shaped Antigua into what it is today. This is a social factor that I can relate to since I am an African American living in the South, and I have experienced racism both blatant and implicit throughout my life to allow me to reflect on the past and analyze more closely to make a better future similarly to Kincaid’s idea. In Kincaid’s A Small Place, she emphasizes how racism which was brought on by slavery, greatly impacted the lives of Antiguans.
Booker T. Washington says, “You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.” Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, demonstrates this idea by showing the tragic condition of slaves and the slave system in the South; she portrays that the owner cannot free himself from his own sins until he frees his slaves. In Stowe’s fictional, yet accurate depiction of slavery, she also showcases the effects and power of women in the system; characters such as Cassy, Eliza, and Mrs. Shelby choose their own path by protecting themselves, others, or, in the instance of Cassy, their character. Both Mrs. Shelby and Eliza act as Stowe’s vehicle for demonstrating the value of one person showing kindness to another. After Mr. Shelby sells Harry, Eliza decides that she “won’t let him” and runs away from the plantation to protect her son (32). This act reveals her selfless nature and her desire to alter the path that Shelby seems to have set out for her family.
O’Connor has a distinctive style of writing that expresses this message through characterization, conflict and literary devices. From the first page, Flannery O’Connor describes his mother by making sure her characterization skills fulfilled to the max. Julian’s mother comes off as a strong and hard-headed woman who has the mindset that Negroes are inferior to whites. “’They were better off when they were [slaves],’ she said…. They should rise but on their own side of the fence.’” Julian’s mother is double-minded and shallow unlike her son Julian.
She states that she “won’t be looked at in this merciless glare” (Williams, 11) and as she starts getting more comfortable at the Kowalski’s, she puts a paper lantern over the lightbulb to soften the light. The subdued glow allows her to play the role of a virtuous and coquettish ingénue while hiding her true age and her sordid past. Moreover, Blanche is of the opinion that “a woman’s charm is fifty percent illusion” (Williams, 41), which might explain why she is so attached to the idea of purity, considering her promiscuous past (which was revealed when in Scene 7, Stanley confronted Blanche about her work as a prostitute in Laurel). This continues throughout the play until, in Scene 9, Mitch says “I’ve never had a real good look at you” (Williams, 144) to Blanche and tears the lantern off the light bulb putting her in full exposure in terms of her looks and her true personality. The Southern belle defends herself saying that she prefers magic over reality, so she tells people “what ought to be truth” (Williams,
Hansberry did not live the lifestyle that Beneatha did; she did not live in utter poverty. Hansberry had family support for her desires; While Beneatha wants to live in a world where she can pursue her dreams. Though her brother Walter thinks she is ridiculous, Beneatha insists on being a doctor. Beneatha has two main struggles to overcome; she was black and she was a woman (James 42). Mama is a sensitive and proud black woman who strives to improve her family.
“But because of affirmative action or minority something—she is not sure what they are calling it these days and weren’t they supposed to get rid of it?,” writes Claudia Rankine in her critically acclaimed American book, Citizen. Within this quote, Rankine begins to showcase the narrative of a black women in a society that strives to be color blind. Affirmative action has caused controversy as it threatens white supremacy since it favors diversity. The bitter attitude towards affirmative action expressed by whites, causes people of color to feel apologetic for their achievements and opportunities. Claudia Rankine reveals how white supremacist attitudes trigger people of color to live their life in an apologetic nature through the short stories of the cafeteria, the neighbor calling the police, and the Serena William’s celebratory dance.
It also created a division between Northern men and women who had worked together as abolitionists. Abolitionists were activists who fought to end slavery. Women abolitionists were shocked by the 15th Amendment. Black men, who were only recently freed from the bonds of slavery, were given the right to vote before white women. For many women abolitionists this was simply unacceptable, largely because they had worked so hard to help bring an end to slavery.
Washington, author of ¨Atlanta Compromise Speech.¨ An example would be in paragraph 7; ¨The laws of changeless justice bind Oppressor with oppressed;...¨ Due to the laws not changing from injustice to justice, black people might have never stopped being oppressed. Another example would be in paragraph 9; “It is important and right that all privileges of the laws be ours,...¨ Even though white people have all privileges of the law, black people do not. A final example would be in paragraph; “This, couple with our material prosperity, will bring into our beloved South a new heaven and a new earth.¨ Even though they do not hate the South, the South hates them. Black people do not deserve to be mistreated by anyone, no one
His Narrative uses the literacy acquired during his slavery to recollect the brutal treatment that he has received, and even takes a step further to inspire others, even the whites, to acknowledge the injustice of slavery, so that they may work towards abolition together. Amy Tan also experiences racism secondhand by observing her mother’s experiences. She acknowledges that she lives in a society where poor language is looked down on. Her action against such perspective was to use her mother’s “fractured” English in her novel. By including it in the novel, and portraying the cultural richness and depth inside such language, Tan makes a statement against society’s view on grammatically incorrect or imperfect English.