Working for Hilly, Minny experienced lots of humiliation. Once, when the tornado hit Jackson, her toilet outside was ruined. Hilly’s mother told her to go to the inside one, but Hilly was against it. As soon as she heard Minny flushing the toilet, she fired her. The next day, Minny called Aibileen and told her that she went to Hilly’s house and “got her back” because she was telling everybody that Minny steals.
“I felt the starched walls of a pink cotton penitentiary closing in on me, and for the second time in my life, I thought of running away. Immediately.” She felt overwhelmed and felt as though she was being suffocated, even to the point of drowning in expectations. Another example of gender discrimination, or sexism, would be after the jury declares Tom Robinson guilty. Jem questions on why good people,“like us and Miss Maudie, don’t serve the jury” Atticus explains that Miss Maudie can’t serve because she is a woman. He doesn’t go into detail on to why a woman can’t work the jury, simply because in this time period, just saying “Because she is a woman was enough explanation.” Earlier in the courtroom, the women were asked to leave due to the
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a book about the racial tensions and segregation that arose in the 1930’s. The general storyline is about the main characters, Scout and Jem. At the start of the story, Jem and Scout were always discriminating against other characters, especially Boo Radley. The town was split in half due to racial segregation and Atticus Finch, their father, was a lawyer who doesn’t care who he’s representing because he’s a man of integrity and decency. Scout and Jem eventually mature and start to understand the dangers of discrimination after they see that Boo Radley is just a human and not the person that they all made him into.
They have not only “…been abused by white men…” (Matus, 119), but also they begin to lose their humanity. Even, the black people aren’t given permission to learn writing and reading. It is clear that “…if blacks could write they should not be treated as animals” (Rice, 103). The female characters in the novel, especially Baby Suggs is brave to mention the inhuman acts of white race in her community. “Those white things have taken all I had or dreamt, “she said, “and broke my heartstrings, too.
This is because blacks and white don’t eat together. Another example would be that many whites burnt down houses of blacks and their crimes were recorded, but they did not need to spend a day in court. Therefore, the court is also racist against blacks. The last example would be that officers took away American flags from blacks because they would consider them as Non- Americans during protest for freedom. In class discussions, we talked about marriages between interracial.
When she decided that ¨whites were more important¨ than blacks. When that occurred to her, she was at the Mercantile and Lillian Jean bumped into her, then Lillian Jean blamed her as a result of that, Lillian Jeanś Dad pushed Cassie down on the ground and Big Ma had to stop her from retaliating. Cassie realized that Big Ma was trying to help her not get hurt by Lillian Jeanś Dad. ¨When I pinned Lillian Jean securely beneath me,... I demanded an apology for all the names she had called me, and for the incident in Strawberry.¨ (Taylor, 181) This is why I think that Cassie Logan was the most courageous person in the book, Roll of Thunder Hear my
Annoyed Skeeter responds loudly and says ' 'Maybe we ought to just build you a bathroom outside Hilly ' '. With Skeeter 's loud outburst of that response, the reader sees that not everyone of Hilly 's high society friends are in support of the treatment of the black people. Later in the novel Skeeter says ' 'I want people to hear from your perspective ' ', through this declaration during one of her interviews with the maids, she willingly was ready to accept whatever happened if it meant for their perspective to be seen. With the evidence provided, Skeeter is seen to transition from a not so typical white woman to a rebel who wanted the world to hear the voices of the maids that
The contradictory term for unconditionally is conditionally. In Desiree's Baby, Armand loved Desiree conditionally because he made her leave once he found out she was of African American descent. In traditional wedding vows, it should be stated that you will love you spouse through anything. Armand broke his wedding vows because he did not love her due to her skin color. Many readers say Desiree loved her baby unconditionally because she knew she would not be accepted in the world as a mixed baby.
In addition to Gilberts struggles there are also some diversity issues with Arnie’s mother, because of weight gain she has been laughed at and pointed at by the people in her town, that when she passed her children does not want to humiliated again so they burn the house down. I chose to focus on the lack of knowledge and empathy the people in the town had regarding Arnie and his disability, with consideration of the time era in which the movie was filmed. The way the sheriff handled Arnie while taking him into custody and also the doctor’s thoughts on Arnie’s life span. The diversity issues were present well in the film, I watched the movie when it first came out and I can say now that I have expanded my knowledge I am able to see the issues presented in the
Similarly, Celie from The Color Purple (Walker) submits to severe sexual, verbal, physical, and emotional abuse from both her father and Mr. ___, because she believes her status, as a dark black woman, deserves such abuse. Though other black women within the novel encourage Celie to fight back, she does not begin to take back her life until she discovers Mr. ___’s cruelty in hiding Nettie’s letters for so many years. Neither Ellison’s Narrator nor Celie are inherently different from their counterparts, but the social stratification, layering of people into hierarchical levels, sets them apart as somehow “lesser” beings, demonized or diminished. Both characters travel difficult roads to overcome the status with which they have been pegged, but they finally do so: the Narrator into the isolation of his underground home and Celie into the comfort of being surrounded by other women of