Katie Kozak ENGL 290 – 050 5/6/17 The Known World, Get Out, and Modern Portrayals of Racism Any representation of, well, anything, is always going to be criticized for how it does the representing. The different ways different mediums tackle the same issue is particularly interesting to note because they ultimately have the same effect. Edward Jones’s The Known World tackles slavery and community by showing unconventional circumstances of power.
Reals of Slavery The powerful rhetoric, through purposeful words, anecdotes, and details show how they influence America to see the evils of slavery. The evils of slavery demonstrate how the slaves were whipped and shows this with rhetoric words in his autobiography “Frederick Douglass”. Powerful rhetoric helps Douglass influence for the abolitionist movement. Douglass uses powerful words to show the evils of slavery for the abolitionist movement.
Both Kurt Vonnegut and Sherman Alexie utilize unreliable narrators in this exact fashion with their novels “Slaughterhouse-Five” and “Flight”. Throughout Flight and Slaughterhouse Five, both authors utilize this element in order to push forth their intended theme of anti-violence. Throughout their respective plots, we can see evidence of Billy Pilgrim, the main character of Vonnegut’s novel, and Zits, the protagonist of Alexie’s story, both being unreliable narrators due to confirmation throughout each novel and the wild ideas within each character’s minds. Furthermore, we can connect the existence of the two character’s status of unreliable narrators to show how their unreliability is used in order to weave both novel’s themes of
The Color of Water, a novel by James McBride, deals with a lot of conflict involving racism. At one part in the novel the author states that race is “ignorable”. The author is portraying the fact that the race of a person should not matter. There are many examples from the text where the main characters experience racism and push through the struggle. Ruth McBride-Jordan is one of the main characters throughout the novel and is also the mother of James McBride.
Some of the two most distinguished pieces of work about racism and inequality include Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ’s I Have a Dream speech and Atticus Finch’s ending argument in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. King’s speech addresses the issue of racism and what he and many others believe should change in the future.
The Help is an intriguing novel about racial issues, as well as social classes. In this novel the character Hilly Holbrook serves the role of a villain. Her villainous actions throughout The Help show the themes of the book, such as race, social classes, as well as justice. From the beginning of the book it is shown that Hilly feels that the black population is inferior to the white population. An example of this is when Hilly enacted her Bathroom Initiative, stating that the help, black maids “carry different kinds of diseases than we do.”
Nikky Finney's book Head Off and Split is a work of art in every sense. It combines both historical elements and personal elements. She shines the light on our countries habit of oppressing and enslaving African Americans. She masterfully weaves together the history of the time and her own memories in an unabashed way that lays bare the wrongdoings of our country. Forcing the reader to see part of our history that is often glossed and skimmed over in conventional textbooks.
To Kill a Mockingbird was written by Harper Lee and follows the adventures of Scout Finch and her older brother Jem. Historical occurrences influence Harper Lee’s writing, prompting the book to deal with the challenges faced by people during The Great Depression and the racial tensions that were present in the United States. Central plot points throughout the book depict Jim Crow laws, mob mentality, and racism. The Jim Crow laws were a racial caste system that promoted inequality. People believed that the Jim Crow laws were necessary to protect white women, stop the mixing of races, and prevent African Americans from becoming big economic competitors to the local white business.
History Sticks To Your Feet Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe is an influential American work that deals primarily with racism present at the time and violence, but also makes statements, both indirectly and directly, about female agency. I’ve chosen to review this work because of Stowe’s amazing use of these elements, but also because of depiction of American society at the time. She crafts and interesting outlook as to the abolitionist view of the time and is able to express this view very successfully through the fictional plot of the novel. While racism is definitely the focal point of the work it seems clear after finishing the novel that women, particularly mothers, play an important role in the novel.
Inspired by the 1931 Scottsboro trial, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee dives deep into justice and courage. The strength portrayed here vary in size and intensity so it shows one a wide range of application of the two concepts. From smaller battles expressing self control to saving two lives and the trial of a doomed innocent man, To Kill a Mockingbird gets readers to truly think about the applications of justice and courage in life. Harper Lee opened our minds to the idea of a deeper story behind the actions of an individual with Ms. Dubose. She constructed the character of the old woman using words tailored to make us dislike her.
Fredrick Douglas and Harriet Jacobs both reveal captivating accounts of their personal experiences of slavery and their fight for freedom and equality. Both speak of the immortality of the physical and mental abuse when depicting the “brutal whippings”, mental deception, as well as the heart ache of never seeing your family members. They found favor with masters who would allow them to learn to read and write and eventually freedom in the north. However, what is revealed so often, and is still very prevalent today is male privilege. The difference between male and female provides explanation not only for many of the differences of the writing styles that are shared in Douglass’s and Jacobs’s autobiographies, but also for the accounts of
Particularly, Aubrey describes how the East of Eden letters evidently show Steinbeck’s interest in the biblical Cain and Abel story that seem to form the foundation of his novel. Furthermore, Aubrey discusses Steinbeck’s title ideas for his novel that bears emphasis on jealousy and rivalry between siblings. In addition, he explains Steinbeck’s philosophy and thought process writing that opposites like good and evil “cannot exist without the other” (2). In Aubrey’s words, the opposites of the world like good and evil have a relentless attraction to one another, for example, Adam’s moral nature falls for a devil like woman. Farther along in the article, Aubrey points out Adam’s
The next Monday morning, Roy woke up believing it was going to be a normal day. He expected classes all day, practice, and work at the movie theatre later that night. He arrived at school, with the principal chasing him down in the hallway. “Roy! Wait up!