Speak is a book written about the internal and external conflicts that protagonist, Melinda faces after being raped by Andy Evans (“IT”) and hated by her peers for ruining an end-of-summer party. This has traumatized Melinda and she is too afraid to speak up. Anderson enhances the big theme of sadness and depression through similes, metaphors,
Delicate and sensitive, she passively suffers the abuse of her mother, father, and classmates. She is a symbol of the black community’s self-hatred and belief in its own ugliness. Others in the community, including her mother and father, act out their own self-hatred by expressing hatred towards her. Pecola’s desire for blue eyes comes from her stereotypical perception that as a black female, she needs to look beautiful to be treated beautifully. She believes that being granted the blue eyes that she wishes for would change both how others see her and what she is forced to see.
Also, frequent portrayal of black women as servants create an impression that such ladies are extremely enduring, which further develops a belief that they may not have weaknesses and should withstand in any situation, not allowing them to be under someone’s protection. Therefore, media representation of black women in accordance with old stereotypes may lead to negative consequences and create biased attitudes. Another negative stereotype that we continuously encounter is the Sapphire or ‘angry black woman’. This caricature portrays black women as very loud, impudent and rude. According to the stereotype, women are believed to be unhappy,
It is common knowledge that women and African-Americans both are very often discriminated against, and being both in this time period was surely difficult. Because of her race, the reader knows she likely feels even more societally out of place than a white woman at the time would. Not only is Mattie carrying around of being left by her long-time love, losing both the children she had ever carried, but she also was probably having to deal with struggles of finding work where she was paid and treated fairly. Moreover, she struggles with finding herself without a man by her side, a lesson one likes to think she learns in the denouement of the
In the 1980’s black women are faced with a lot pressure in society, Because women of color are both women and racial minorities, they face more pressure in which lower economic opportunities due to their race and their gender. This pressure is reflected both in the jobs available to them and in their lower pay. Also because they are women of color they are likely to be the giver of the house and also within the families. Through the use of anecdotes,rhetorical questions, anaphora, ethos and metaphors, "In The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism, Audre Lorde argues that women of color need to respond to racism with anger spurred from their fear and that not a bad thing depends on how anger is portrayed. First though the use of anecdotes and rhetorical questions to show how the white people are always the ones who benefit from anything.
Higginbotham argues that women were judged by “race and class as well as gender.” Black women were seen as “hypersexual” and one white woman even stated that ‘I cannot imagine such a creation as a virtuous black woman.’ This was mainly due to attempts to justify the rape of enslaved black women. Jacobs also encountered this when she told Mr. Durham about her children and answered questions he had about her life in the South. He responded by saying that ‘[her] straight-forward answers do [her] credit; but don’t answer everybody so openly. It might give some heartless people a pretext for treating [her] with contempt.’ He is almost certainly warning her because some people might unfairly use instances from her life as proof of the stereotype for black
Numerous ideas are portrayed in Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and my symbol represents the idea that has affected me the greatest. This particular idea is based around gender inequality and discrimination; which is still a major issue today. ‘Females are taught from a young age that women are inferior to men and are expected to act a certain way’ is the idea reflected by my symbol. The colour differences of the weights (pink and blue) stereotypically represent the different genders. Throughout the novel it becomes evident that men are considered greater than women, and Scout is slowly being taught that.
Although the girls aren’t muslim, they’re all black and they too face discrimination because of their skin. In our discussion, some of the girls shared that many times their peers and family were the ones to inflict discrimination on them. One example was that many times, the dark skinned girls are often told they’re “pretty for a dark skinned girl.” That resonated something in me because I too often hear that phrase. What hurts the most is that it’s coming from my fellow African American/caribbean peers. I always respond I don’t know how to respond the that.
The novel primarily focuses on the problems that the African-American women faced in the 20th century in the south of the United States depicted on the example of Celie, who came through a number of events and finally managed to self-actualize herself in a world that was hostile to her. The Color Purple unleashed a storm of controversy; a number of male African-American critics complained that the novel reaffirmed old racist stereotypes. Nevertheless, the Color Purple also had its supporters,
In The Bluest Eye, written by Toni Morrison is about a young African American girl named Pecola, and a time were many people grew up with racism and many difficulties during the 1940’s because they were African American. Throughout the novel, it demonstrates that white societies have a better living, and higher beauty standard in which the media illustrates through television and books. This causes many conflicts towards African Americans because they are unable to find the true meaning of beauty. The author Toni Morrison, stresses plot, setting, characterization, or theme when writing a work of fiction like The Bluest Eye. In the novel The Bluest Eye, defining beauty affects many characters’ and supports the theme seen throughout the novel because it reflects their self-esteem due to the media’s perception of beauty.