Chopin writes a prime example of this dictation when she explains how his pride is damaged after he is drawn into believing that Désirée is partially black. His pride is even further damaged when he discovers that he is not purely white, but this revelation has no effect on the way he treats his slaves. In her short story,
Douglass, with realization of his wretched state, does become miserable, and it is true that a slave who acknowledges the unfairness of slavery is undesirable to masters. In fact, this statement conveys a sense of fear regarding the slave’s literacy; this man seems to know that a literate slave would cause the rebellion against the whites. Douglass’s literacy would enable him to have “an increasing awareness of and control over the social means by which people sustain discourse, knowledge, and reality” (Royer) and inspire him to work against such society. Indeed, Douglass has escaped slavery through his personal realization. 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.
Kate Chopin often wrote about topics that were not necessarily thought to be acceptable by her society. Women of Chopin’s time were not given very much credit for anything. They were looked down upon as if they had no true value. Through writing Chopin gives women a new role in life. Her stories give a look into the life of some women actually go through.
This quote showed how they don’t care about Jim and how they just care about the money. Another quote “While slaveholders profit from slavery, the slaves themselves are oppressed, exploited, and physically and mentally abused. Jim is inhumanely ripped away from his wife and children. However, white slaveholders rationalize the oppression, exploitation, and abuse of black slaves by ridiculously assuring themselves of a racist stereotype, that black people are mentally inferior to white people, more animal than human.” (LitCharts). This explains how Jim was abused and what happened to the slaves during slavery.
Kennedy, Weissberg and University Press article claims that Poe made a façade of racism to make a living during a time prior to the Civil War and during the abolition movement. Southern states wanted to keep slavery to maintain their riches. The audience of publishers were mixed between narrow-minded and closed-minded individuals. Edgar Allen Poe’s works expose his fear of poverty and racist stereotypical nature. “The Complete Tales and Poems of Allen Poe” consist of subtle racist remarks.
Irony is a technique that involves surprising, interesting, or amusing contradictions or contrasts ( Glossary...Pg 1). The greatest example of irony happens when it turns out Armand is the one that comes from black heritage. He learns this when he “finds a letter from his mom to his father explaining how he is black” turning the main plot of this story around (Chopin...Pg 5) Throughout the discovery of his son not being white, he blames Desiree for being the cause of the problem. He won’t speak out of the discovery of him being the one with black heritage because it is unacceptable to his family. He is insensitive and would rather harm his own family (Gradesaver.com...1) Another example of irony occurs in the way that Madame Valmonde didn 't have a child of herself and one day while her husband was riding he comes upon a child just asleep next to a stone pillar (Chopin...Pg.
The poem, penned by William Blake in the late eighteenth century, discusses the issue of racial injustice from the perspective of a young African boy. The boy has an innocent view of injustice, seeing skin color as a “cloud” that covers the soul (“The Little Black Boy” 23). However, even with this innocence, the author does not ignore the racial injustice that existed at this time. In the poem, Blake, from the perspective of the black boy, addresses slavery, saying that at the time some people justified this practice by saying that people with dark skin were “bereaved of light” (4). Blake criticizes the injustice of this perspective when he states that it is only when the black boy is “like” the white boy will the white boy “love [him]” (28).
One can be seen more as a piece of property than an actual human being just based upon the color of their skin. For Jim being a slave, he is separate from society based on the fact that whites do not see blacks as equals. For example, after Huck raids the wrecked ferryboat and calls it an adventure, Jim replies with not wanting adventures because there is a chance of him being caught and sold back into slavery. Hucks reaction to Jim’s knowledge was surprising since he didn 't believe a black man can have such a level head (Twain 76). In the same sense, it is seen as morally incorrect for him to have any common knowledge equivalent to a white person.
The song that the “workers” are singing, only has racist phrases such as “harry apes.” On the other hand, textbooks also hide facts about the United States history. According to Loewen, the authors write how slavery affected African Americans; however, they minimize white complicity in this cruelty. For example, Loewen (146) explains that, “[Textbooks] they present slavery virtually as uncaused, a tragedy, rather than a wrong perpetrated by some people on others.” In fact, Dr. Jendian and Dr. Cornel West explained that textbooks try to justify and not recognize that slavery was a crime against humanity. For example, Loewen mentions that nine of eighteen books do list racism, racial discrimination, or race prejudice in their indexes. However, Dr. Jendian explained that in several books these concepts never appear in their text.