“Late he come walking and it be Nightjohn and he bringing us the way to know” (Paulsen page 92). In the novel, Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen, a slave named John decides to secretly share his knowledge of literature with others living on different plantations. After moving to a new plantation, John meets a young slave named Sarny. Sarny was uneducated but had an interest in literature. John knew that it was important to teach Sarny how to read and write so she could also teach other slaves.
Sylvia lives on a farm and the narrator of Sonny’s Blues lives in Harlem as a teacher. Both Sylvia from The White Heron and the characters of Sonny’s Blues go through events that make them grow, mature, and understand. Sylvia saved the white heron from death, she chose nature over the promise of love and fortune. In Sonny’s Blues, the narrator witnessed how his brother coped through music and was able to communicate his pain and suffering and Sonny was finally able to reconnect in the
June rescued Johnny from his drug addiction and helped him rediscover his Christian faith. John R. Cash was born in Arkansas in 1932. Music was a fundamental part of his everyday life. His mother sang folk songs and hymns. There were sing-alongs on the family porch.
A man about 50 years old with “Considerable resemblance to Goodman… So much so they might have been taken for father and son.”(135) He guides Goodman through forest, figuring as they walk along the dark path. In order to gain Goodmans trust the man tells him that he's been “Well acquainted with the Brown family”(136) dating back several generations. Goodman encounters several religious leaders of the community also traveling through the forest, and his faith drains from his soul while filling with despair. Goodman sits on a rock refusing to travel any further, he “Looks up to the sky, doubting whether there really was a Heaven above him.”(140) Goodman gained the courage to walk on once again. As he arrives at the meeting he sees his community surrounding a great fire conducting an evil ritual.
Bayonne, Louisiana is a small town in southern Louisiana that struggles with racism inequality and prejudice between the whites and the blacks. James, the narrator of Earnest Gaines’ “The Sky is Gray”, is an 8-year-old African American boy. It is the 1930’s and, like most families, James’ father is drafted to fight in World War 2. This is ironic because James’ father is forced to fight for the freedom of Americans while at the same time African Americans are being discriminated against throughout the South. In Earnest Gaines’ “The Sky is Gray” a combination of the lessons taught to James by his mother, Octavia, and the first-person narration of James reveal a theme of pride being instilled in a young African American boy, in times of hardship and poverty, that show the coming of age of James.
The purpose of the opening scene of Black Boy was to set the stage for a tale of hope and perseverance; while growing up in Jim Crow South as an African American. Wright achieves this purpose by recounting an incident that greatly impacted his life, a fire he started as a small child. The incident is prefaced by Wright’s struggle with his family and the lack of security, love and acceptance; “dreading the return of my mother, resentful of being neglected.” This leaves Wright hungry for attention and this leads to an idea, the idea leads to severe consequences. Wright uses personification and metaphors effectively through a first-person view so the reader can feel the severity of the problems. “Smoke was choking me and the fire was licking at
I think what motivated Julius to write this short story is he has a passion for studying slavery, his 3 grandparents were slaves themselves. He also grew up in the 40’s through the 60’s and was very active with protesting. I would like to think that this short story would be Julius Lester’s view on how he would approach the scenario Spear is in if his dad was one of the greatest civil rights leaders. The reason why I would like to think that is, Julius wants there to be no bypass towards people because of their, race, religion, or ethnicity. Julius constructs the ideal person, the main character, nicknamed Spear.
In Rita Williams-Garcia’s book, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, the plot revolves around Clayton, who strongly believes in his self-manifested identity, to become a Bluesman. At a young age, Clayton was deeply affected by the death of his grandfather, who he idolized to become. While Clayton’s dismissive mother fails to understand his loss, Clayton ran away from his house to reconcile with the Bluesmen, whom he thought would relate to his grief. The tragic events that Clayton had to face played an imperative aspect on his journey to self-discovery. Even though the author makes Clayton face difficult challenges throughout the story, the struggles helped Clayton attain a sense of self-identity and be at peace with his grandfather’s death.
For example Even Weeds Have Needs uses a gardener to symbolize someone sticking up for blacks, like Atticus, saying that “This weed needs a great big garden with a gardener who’s not afraid to let me grow” (lindamichellebaron). Meaning that people have to give blacks a chance and not to be afraid if their perspective of blacks were wrong.The novel addressed this topic by making Atticus defend Tom Robinson. In the novel the case showed that standing up for a black person could make a difference. It showed this because as a result of Atticus defended Tom and standing up for him, Atticus caused change. He did this by making the jury think resulting in the jury taking “ So long” on Tom’s case decision (Lee 276).
The use of diction, imagery and symbolism within the novel shows how great of a writer Faulkner was. William uses these literary elements to make his audience to understand what was happening during this time. Barn Burning supports Williams awareness of injustice and loyalty furthermore, it partakes the main focus of the story internal and external conflict within the protagonist. Setting paragraph: Themes paragraph: Society and class plays a major part in William Faulkner’s Barn Burning. By being poor tenant farmers Sarty and his family must contrast the difference between his family and all the privileged families they have worked for such as Major de Spain.
Muddy waters, or McKinley Morganfield son of Ollie Morganfield and Bertha Jones was a well-known Blues Musician, guitarist born in Issaquena County, Mississippi. Waters father was a farmer who played the blues guitar and his mother sadly died when McKinley was only three years old. Upon his mother’s death McKinley was sent to live with his grandmother Delia Jones in Clarksdale, Mississippi. While living in Clarksdale with his grandmother, McKinley enjoyed playing in the mud it was then he was dubbed Muddy Waters. When Waters was five years old his grandmother gifted him a Harmonica, it was with the harmonica that his exceptional career in Mississippi blues music began.
Apostles of Disunion, written by Charles B. Dew, is a book that focuses on the topics of Slavery, States’ rights, and Secession. The introduction chapter of the book talks about how Dew grew up as a “son of the south”, and how his ancestors fought for the confederacy. He talks about how he went to school in Virginia and he packed his Confederate flag to hang on his wall. Dew says that he didn’t think much about secession, however, he knew that the south had seceded for the lonely reason of states’ rights. This chapter goes on to talk about how this is a hard subject to write on and how Dew still gets sad when he reads about it even though he has done years and years of research about the subject.
In 1953, Elvis cut his first demo at Sun Studio; he also began touring all over America. Born in rural Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis grew to become one of the most famous icons in Rock-N-Roll history. Petersen page 1-2 Presley grew up poor most of the childhood life, and the first exposure to music he had was the weekly church services. Elvis’s family was very religious, and Elvis sang gospel music in church at a very young age. Elvis was given his very first guitar by his parents, soon after he started teaching himself how to play.
Born in the small town Earle, Arkansas, Moody Jones interest in music started at a very early age when he learned how to play the guitar after his brother bought him a broken guitar for $3, which Moody fixed and started to develop an interest for. In this rural farming town only 2,400 people reside, 88.7% being African American and 10.8% being caucasian (Komara, E. M. 2006). As the years went by Moody Jones played guitar for country dances and at his local church. Jones moved to East St. Louis in the late 20’s, by which he was already making music from homemade instruments. Later Moody leaned the guitar in 1938, so he moved to Chicago and joined the blues circuits along with his cousins Floyd Jones and Snooky Pryor.
As a slave, he determined that his intense desire in his life was getting education and found a way for hisfreedom. When Frederick was eight, he was sent to Baltimore as a houseboy for Hugh Auld, Captain 's son-in-law 's brother. Sophia, Auld 's wife, taught Frederick to read, but Auld, who believed that education would ruin slaves, made them unhappy and run away; so that Sophia turned to cruelty and became an evil with inhuman as the slavery being. From that point on, Frederick was grateful Hugh Auld and his wife who unwittingly gave Douglass the key to escape slavery because he realized that education and knowledge would be enlightenment and the path to freedomfor himself and his colored people later. He continued teaching himself to read and tried to grow up his knowledge by learning from the local boys in exchanging for reading lessons, the ships’ carpenters, and theMethodist hymn books.