For black women, however, the institution of slavery affected their psychological states, their marriages, and their family life. Slaves were frequently beaten, often without reason or cause. Their husbands were often sold to neighboring plantations, and female slaves were often terrorized by their male masters, ruining the sanctity of marriage amongst slave households (Brinkley 261). The children of female slaves were also often sold to other plantations, ripping apart the last remaining family that a female slave possessed (Northup, 12 Years a Slave). The constant auctioning of slaves and their children disturbed a female slaves ability to care for her children, and the sanctity of the family was ruined by the institution.
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, exhibits both acts and opposition towards racism that lead to mistreatment, lost and found opportunities, as well as unlikely friendships White housewives, such as Hilly and Elizabeth, take their maids for granted and verbally abuse them. Aibileen and Minny, two black maids working in Jackson, Mississippi, either missed chances for success or lost them because of racism in their society. Also, Skeeter’s book not only accomplishes her goal of creating a published piece of literature, but also results in new, dangerous friendships with the maids. Moreover, black maids working in white homes are brutalized and treated unfairly for obscure reasons. The housewives disregard their black maids because of societal influences, which leads to maltreatment.
Good thing my lips stitched together or I’d throw up.” (pg. 45-46). The cause of Melinda’s dreary mood obviously comes from IT’s abuse. Andy Evans constantly harassing Melinda in the hallways reminds her of the horrid rape and keeps the image in her mind. This is why Melinda cannot wake up from her nightmare and is emotionally unstable.
“Let's go home, Cal, they don't want us here". This quotes states the controversy between the coloured and white. The coloured believe that the white don’t conform into their society so jem tells Calpurnia to take them back home because they do not fit in with the African American Community. Both the quotes juxtapose to each other through the theme of Conformity, they portray the figure of fitting into each other’s society/race. They way in which conformity and racism relate to Martin Luther King’s quote is how there is controversy between the coloured and white.
In Fredrick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs narrative they show how the institution of slavery dehumanizes an individual both physically and emotionally. In Jacobs narrative she talks about how women had it worse than men did in slavery. While men suffered, women had it worse due to sexual abuse. The emotional, physical, and sexual abuse was dehumanizing for anyone. The emotional and sexual abuse was awful for Jacobs.
In this story everything is the exact opposite which makes this story so appealing. This story has a lot of conflict, these girls think that they really know racism and believe that they cannot be friends with the other young white females that are also at camp with them. Snot is a little girl who has a lot of things to say but instead of speaking up she purposely just follows along with the crowd. The African American girls resolve to beat up the white girls when they think they over heard them calling them “niggers”. (Packer.par20) "Brownies" is a story about racism as it is experienced by young girls, but it has a twist.
To their family, she is not honorable and it is shameful to take her back. If a woman cannot escape she is usually raped to the point of being ruined. Many of the women in Ruined have been raped or abused. The only comfort they van seek is at Mama Nadi’s. Mama Nadi’s is a brothel in the center of the civil unrest.
The environment in which Precious grew up in, is toxic, dysfunctional, and dangerous. The mother was abusive, verbally, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Precious was also sexually abused by her father since the age of three. The second cue I identified is the Mothers refusal to accept responsibility for her actions in the way she raised and treated Precious. It was clear in the counseling session that the Mother still blames Precious for her significant other not wanting her and eventually leaving her.
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.
113-115, 117) In the case of Sula, this ironically replicates the sexual shaming of African American women in slavery. Because in slavery African American woman did not have rights and white men would take advantage of these females and copulate with them, more often than not against their will. When Sula sleeps with the white men she shows she has no respect for her heritage and history and thus she becomes a traitor to her people in the “bottom”. While the community hangs on to its past and is ashamed and disgusted by Sula for sleeping with the white
Therefore, slavery did have some different effects towards women and men, but always towards a worse condition. All that being said, both narratives provided great comparisons between gender-specific experiences of slavery. Both women and men suffered terribly from the hands of slavery, yet sometimes in different ways. While men and women suffered the consequences of losing their humanity and being physically abused, women also faced sexual abuses, and men were in quest of the manliness that they lost at birth. After all, even though men and women