“On the Subway”, by Sharon Old, a woman encounters terror and presents certain stereotypes when profiling a young boy based on his appearance. The narrator explores her insight in the subway alone with the young boy. By contrasting their opposing characteristics, the author portrays literary techniques such as tone, imagery, and organization to illustrate these differences throughout the poem. The imagery the author uses, in the beginning, highlights the difference between the white woman who’s the narrator and the black boy who she’s observing. “In black sneakers laced with white in a complex pattern like a set of intentional scars” (line 3-4).
In the poem “On The Subway” by Sharon Olds, the author implements multiple literary devices to get her message across. Her use of metaphors, similes, and symbolism are perceived in such fashions that the reader can feel the tension experienced first hand by the characters sitting on that subway directly in front of each other. The use of metaphors throughout the poem gives the reader a source of comparison when describing the situation the characters are found in. She is illustrating how she feels in those moments while traveling underground with strangers when she mentions: “... a couple of molecules stuck on a rod of light rapidly moving through darkness.” Further, into the poem, the tone becomes obscure and serious. She mentions multiple lines that are actually occurring in the world, but not exactly in that form or fashion.
“Just Walk on By” Alex Haley, an American writer in the late 1900s, once said “racism is taught in our society, it is not automatic. It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar physical characteristics” Although he was famous for his literature, Haley still faced racism for being black. In his quote, he briefly explains why racism is still around, and why people discourage minorities. Similar to another black writer, Brent Staples, a journalist, wrote several essays trailing his life growing up black. One of the essays Staples wrote, “Just Walk on By”, was a reflection of how his mere presence on the street was enough to frighten a woman.
Hartman continued her reflection on slavery in the last chapters of Lose Your Mother. Reading the last chapters made me develop a sense of appreciation toward the slaves who went through years of being treated like animals. In Hartman’s travels, when she comes across the road to Salaga. she called it “a road of torment and devastation, a road of insatiable and cruel appetites, a road where you lost everything, and remade yourself from the wreckage” (Hartman 181). Reading that made me wonder what was going through the minds of the slaves who were being taken from their homes and shackled to work like dogs.
According to Dean article which is " Here Comes the Hillbilly, Again", I can see Dean's point of view on classist stereotypes by his words. In order to make his idea clear, he gives the reader clear evidences of the stigma that still exists in the examples and he also quotes a number of opinions from many and from the Beverly Hillbillies video. " Interestingly, the term “white trash” may have been coined by black slaves in the early 19th century to describe poor white people in the South; American attitudes toward poor white people have long been tangled up with “the race problem” Dean said, the poor white Americans of that time used to be treated unfairly, despised and clowning just because they are "poor" and not knowing much. Due to circumstances
Crooks and Curley’s wife are both main characters in the story. Although they both repel each other's characters, both of them highlight the prejudice which Black people and Women suffer in the 1930’s society. During the 1930’s, black people from the south were excluded from white people activities, which then forced them to leave and travel north and west in hopes of a better life. In the same time period,women still faced discrimination in workplaces, households and suffered in the great depression. Steinbeck uses this era of isolation to illustrate the segregated society which the characters live in, and allude their personality to racial attitudes and
“The Blacker the Berry” also can related to the theories about inadequacy as an African American in a white world. The song brings in many current events and the evil behind the white-washing going on in America. One line goes, “You hate me don’t you? / You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture / You’re fucking evil I want you to recognize that I’m a proud monkey” (“The Blacker the Berry”). The song also has lines such as “I’m black as the heart of a fuckin’ Aryan”, and “You hate my people, I can tell cause it threatens when I see you”.
Let me mix into your bloodline.” Which to me shows me the idea of how interracial relationships are somewhat seen as bad or frowned upon because of the two parties coming from different backgrounds of life an the most visible one is by the way a person looks whether that be facial features, accent or color of skin an this poem I believe is not only limited to African Americans I believe the use of the word “mutant” is for all races. This fits into Jacksons book “Missing you Metropolis” which I believe has a theme of how we as a human race collectively are afraid to interact on emotional level with the other races. In Alexies book the speaker leans towards an idea of a relationship that has been very long and is almost a one sided affair in which one side dictates what the other side does, setting limitations on what the other person can do or have but also giving the other party a feeling that they are well taken care of as long as they do not over step the boundaries that have been set for them. In my opinion I think the speaker is trying to show how the government treated the Indians when they first came to north
“Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou and “One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop are two tales of tenacity. Both poems are centered around failure, and were both written by influential, American, female poets, in the 1970s. However, they are two very different perspectives of failure, and two separate kinds of oppression. Elizabeth Bishop writes about an emotional oppression, and the belief that becoming upset can hold people down, and says that not emotional disasters will stop her. Maya Angelou writes about a more literal oppression, as an African American woman of the time period, and her perseverance.
He is able to create a persona using diction and imagery. The author brings up an African American’s ability to “alter space in ugly ways” (Staples 542). The word “ugly” in this line serves primarily to indicate how afraid people are and how Staples’ surroundings can change drastically in negative ways to support his message. Additionally, Staples uses diction in a contradicting way to help support his message. In order to illustrate the difference in societies, the writer employs contrasting words such as “affluent” and “impoverished” to emphasize the difference between the little park the author introduced to us in the beginning of the narrative with the overall city of Chicago and why a woman might have been afraid of him.