Throughout the book Warriors Don’t Cry Melba Pattillo Beals has to deal with unruly racism and ignorance in order to integrate to Central High School. But even with the hateful comments and actions she keeps her head held high, and though it may fall sometimes her family and friends are there to keep her motivated. In chapter 4 Grandma India testifies to Melba after she cries because she is not able to go to the wrestling match, due to the fear that someone would recognize her, “ You’re a warrior on the battlefield for your lord.” (44). Melba takes her grandmother’s words far in her on going battle with bigotry, racism, segregation, and injustice.
Assimilation forces people to learn new cultures, which usually ends with a choose being made between which of the cultures to follow. Many Native Americans went through assimilation and were not accepted by the white man and even their own people. Zitkala Sa had a hard time maintaining both her culture and the new culture being taught to her. This is exhibited in her short story The Soft-Hearted Sioux where she used a boy to mask that the story relates to her and displayed the struggles the boy went through. The purpose of writing the short story is to teach people what assimilation does to Native Americans while she attempts to resist it through words.
Copper Sun, written by Sharon Draper, is a book filled with a wide range of emotions. It is about a young African girl who was taken from her home country to an unknown land into slavery. The two emotions that Sharon Draper used to engage her readers are fear and love/affection. The first emotion that impacted the story a lot was fear.
In the short story “Growing” by Helena Maria Viramontes, the author focuses on the forces that separate women from being themselves and rights to live their own lives. In the story, the father forces the youngest sister in the family, Lucia, to chaperone her older sister, Naomi. The reason he compels Lucia to chaperone her sister is to report Naomi’s every action, behavior and conversation to him. Despite Naomi wonders why her father refused to trust her and put someone to spy on her, the only reply from her father is “TU ERES MUJER” (36). Naomi was being punished just because her gender identity.
In the short story, “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves”, by Karen Russell the character Claudette struggles to follow the expectations from the Jesuit Handbook on Lycanthropic Culture Shock but she uses tancity to overcome her mistakes. Claudette is a confused girl trying to determine her purpose in life as she is taken from her home with her sisters and is forced to become civilized. Pressure from the nuns and her sisters causes Claudette to meet her goal, however, that same pressure also causes her to fail some the expectations from the handbook. As Claudette moves through each stage Russell provides the reader clues to understanding that Claudette is the type of person that seems normal and fine on the outside, but on the inside is struggling to understand who they really are.
A girl took the first steps to womanhood.” Mary had her own thoughts about growing up so she decides to do Ta-Na-E-Ka her own way. The main conflict in “Priscilla and the Wimps” is that Monk bullies the school. One day he decides to pick on Priscilla’s friend, Melvin which causes tension between Priscilla and Monk. Then when the Kobras ask for Melvin’s pass Priscilla asks, “Who’s your leader wimp?”After the Kobras tell her the leader is Monk Priscilla continues to say, “Never heard of him.”
Tayo meets Nightswan and relates to her childhood as an outsider. She fulfills a female guidance Tayo needs in his life to better understand himself and the challenges he will face. Tayo is leaving Nightswan after sleeping with her and she states, “They are afraid Tayo. They feel something happening, they can see something happening around them, and it scares them. Indians or Mexicans or whites- most people are afraid of change” (Silko, 92).
“The Talking Earth” is about a young Seminole Indian girl, named Billie Wind, who does not understand her tribe 's legends. Because Billie does not understand her tribe’s legends she is punished. For this punishment Billie could choose what her punishment was, her decision was that she had to adventure into the Everglades alone. On her trip she starts to understand the legends and uses science to better understand her tribe’s legends and why they feel that animals can talk. In the beginning of her trip, Billie encounters a fire which in legends was called a “serpent” .
In the play Abigail only cares about herself and what she can do to protect herself. When the girls talk in Betty’s room and Mary shows weakness and wants to tell everyone about what they did in the forest, Abigail gets really angry. She threatens the girls and is not afraid to show what she is willing to do. “Now look you. All of you.
The narratives explicate helplessness experienced by Snead’s mother and grandmother during their years in public schools. Snead’s mother is violently and forcibly pulled into English system of beliefs and education in spite of her resistance causing her to develop a sense of disrespect towards her own language, identity, colour, and cultural practices. The commonalities like imposition of settler’s life-style, food habits, and education on grandmother and mother hint at the overpowering influence of missionaries in Native American childhood, the only difference being that the Boarding schools which worked independently in the former case are aided by Federal Government in the latter. Here, the European influence is an enforced intervention
She befriends Anatole, a black schoolteacher, who taught her how to hunt. Hunting as a young woman became a huge dilemma because she was both defying gender roles and opposing her father. This choice for a woman to hunt was in opposition to not only her father but also even the
But after the death of Grace Blanket, four watchers sent from hill to protect her daughter Nola from white killer (45). • After the death of Grace, Nola is transformed from a sweet, quiet girl to a belligerent child who resists the cultural coercion practiced by the Watona Indian school (128-129). • Indian people lost their faith in white people after the death of Indians, they stop seeing doctor black for illness (170). • Nola decides to marry white man Will Forest because she knew her presence must endanger the lives of Graycloud family (180). • After the number of deaths of Indian people, Joe Billy wanted his replacement at the Indian Baptist church and decided not to perform any wedding or funerals (195).
The issue presented in this selection shows that Gaby Rodriguez is sick and tired of being expected that she will be a mother just like her mother and her older siblings. She was in honor classes and wanted to be the first of her family to go to college, everyone expected her to drop out of high school and not gradate unlike some Latina’s who would oppose the statistics by just doing well in school. She decided to fake her own pregnancy to get reactions and understand the stereotypes and what pregnant teens have to face. 2. Based on the information presented in this selection, do you feel this is an accurate account of the issue?