What would one expect from a father who kept his daughter locked in a cell for decades to Abu Ghraib? Tracy K Smith, in Life on Mars, shows herself as the poet of extraordinary ambition and rage. In No-Fly Zone, Smith has ambiguously talked about a girl (can be the poet herself) tracing a growth of African-American girl who must learn hard lessons of puberty and early adulthood and linking it to the history of America by depicting what it meant to be a black woman. With the use of elegy, figurative language, socio-political commentary, and metaphors in the third section of her collection, mainly in No-Fly Zone of Life on Mars, she talks about the ambiguity of what a girl has to fear in the society, her loneliness without parents, and why a girl has to save herself for her husband. (Writing about the theme of the poem……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..)
Helga flees and faces assimilationism and school internalized racism. In Harlem, the novel exposes how the white culture exploits the culture of African American. Helga flees again as she fears sexual objectification. She moves to Denmark where exploitation is still evident as Helga is treated as a sex object. Consequently, she rejects this society and returns to Harlem.
The poem “Nigger” by Judy Simmons corresponds with the plight of Frado’s life in the book Our Nig. The story of Frado starts with her as a free black in the North living with and serving a white family called the Bellmonts. Frado was born into a society in which she was already at a disadvantage because of her skin color and socioeconomic status. The poem “Nigger” reflects the hatred that constantly surrounds Frado’s life and how she grows up through that hatred and tries to find her way out of it.
Internalization of Color-effect in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye The Bluest Eye is a novel Toni Morrison wrote moved by a reaction she happened to experience in her early childhood after having a conversation with a black little girl who cherished for blue eyes. It came as a shock for the writer to learn that a black girl as like as she was, being dissatisfied with her appearance was longing for blue eyes that she considered the symbol of beauty. Simply that little girl wanted to be beautiful what she believed she was not.
The novel To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in the segregated South of the 1930’s. The book is told in the eyes of an eight year old girl, Scout Finch. Her father, Atticus Finch, is an attorney who is struggling to prove the innocence of a black man incorrectly accused of rape. The historical context of the book lets one see the social status of different groups during the civil rights era. The story explores who fits into certain societies, who is respected in the community, written and unwritten rules concerning family, gender, age, and race, expectations of certain people, and what conflicts arise out of tension.
In the novel, “Praise Song for the Widow” by Paule Marshall, the audience is introduced to the main character 64 years old Avey Johnson, an African American widow, who sets out to learn about her heritage. The author makes use of flashbacks in order to show Johnson's ordeal. In her journey, Johnson travels to the Caribbean with two of her friends but along the way, she faces difficult owing to her sickness. Once they reach Granada Johnson struggles emotionally and physically. Her struggles are linked to social illness of racism and poverty, which she had faced in the past.
Imagine being accused of a crime you did not commit simply because your skin was darker than others. Social injustice - a situation in which unfair practices and treatments occur - still proves to be an issue to this day. Whether it be discrimination against a person due to their race, sexual orientation, or gender, social injustice continues to be a very prevalent matter in today’s society. Scout, the narrator of Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, exhibits what life is like for a naive girl maturing in the racist town of Maycomb, Alabama. Through Scout’s eyes and Harper Lee’s voice, multiple cases of social injustice, primarily racism, are exhibited via excellent use of irony, symbolism, and humor.
The Secret Life of Bees The novel The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, demonstrates racism with stereotypes and on how a fourteen-year-old girl named Lilly Owens struggles with her own racism. She assumes that like Rosaleen, all African Americans are uneducated housekeepers. But when Rosaleen and Lilly run away from T. Ray’s house in search for information about Lilly’s mother. They encounter a black, women named August Boatwright and her two sisters June and May Boatwright.
The reasoning behind this approach lies beyond the 20th century, in the 19th century in fact, when slavery peeked and the African-American women were forced to be beautiful in order to gain what seemed like their freedom. Victoria Chihos demonstrates this concept in her article, The Role of Woman in Slave Communities, by writing: “Many viewed black female’s lack of modesty as a sign of their impaired moral nature and increased sex drive. The view of the African female as a manipulating temptress thus emerged and it was believed that she used it to her advantage to achieve favours and obtain prestige” (Chihos, “The Role of Women in Slave Communities”). In this excerpt, the sexuality of women is described to be advantageous in many instances. Thereon from slave communities,