“I spent long periods of the day bent over the ivy, fascinated by the promise if its danger – a danger I believed I was protected from – and would continue to be.” This quote is explaining how she was interested in the danger the ivy offered, and thought that it wouldn’t hurt her. The quote includes an example of how the poison ivy was a symbol of racism and how that changed her perception of home. Ever since Woodson was little, her home had always been racist. It just took her time to grow up and realize what was happening around her; to realized she wouldn’t always be
To be a woman of color, took bravery along with containing the characteristic grace and patience. A woman who was dark skinned, and obtained harsh conditions without an explanation forced to their will, putting their life in jeopardy without a flinch was a Saint. A Saint of creation for an artistic lifestyle, with all the above characteristics of being a heroine for the future. “Black women whose spiritually was so intense, so deep, so unconscious, that they were themselves unaware of the richness they had”, expressed poet Jean Toomer with that discovery of walking the south in the twenties. A time in American History, in which makes me disgusted to know the land we stand on uprose with slavery.
He had ceased to wonder at her long black hair and finger it” (Hurston 25-26). This quote shows that Janie thought once they got married, she could learn to love him; but her plan failed. Janie uses this struggle as a sense of power and later on leaves him: “A feeling of sudden newness and change came over her. Janie hurried out of the front gate and turned south. Even if Joe was not there waiting for her, the change was bound to do her good” (Hurston 32).
She writes “we’d been warned to stay away from the small patch of poison ivy that grew around the base of my grandparents’ backyard. But that year had been as theoretical as the segregation surrounding us. We saw the white people when we went downtown or as we drove through their neighborhoods on our way to visit relatives.” I believe that the poison ivy is a metaphor for racism and segregation. The ivy had always existed, but to Jacqueline it was theoretical because she had never experienced it. The racism was always looming above her head, but she wasn't wise enough to realize that it was there, later tainting her perception of home.
She said that you knew which families were racist/prejudice, but not a lot of people were just out and bold about having negative feelings towards other racial group. I then asked her did she ever experience any racial/prejudice comments growing up. She stated that she never had any serious altercations or anything like that, but people always cracked Mexican jokes and borderline jokes towards her because of her Hispanic roots. She said the jokes did not occur until she was in 7th grade and that they were mostly made by the boys. The next question I asked was when did she realize that she was different from the majority of the people in her town who were fully white.
In The Light Of The Marigolds In “Marigolds”, Eugenia Collier presents a compelling short story that presents the theme of maturity through setting and conflict of interest. In this story, Lizabeth is found wondering if her childhood is over and when she ruins Miss Lottie’s marigolds she finds her maturity in clear light. In this story the kids ran to Miss Lottie’s house and were sitting in the grass, “Actually, I think it was the flowers we wanted to destroy, but nobody had the nerve to try it, not even Joey, who was usually fool enough to try anything. I just stood there peering through the bushes torn between wanting to join the fun and feeling that it was all a bit silly (Eugenia Collier 282).” When Lizabeth was debating on whether to
Alice Walker the author of the Flowers”, was inspired to write this story because of the tragedy that has happened to multiple black Americans and how it has affected their human rights. This story describes scenery that may have happened around South America starting off with a girl named Myop, a ten-year old girl who explores the world around her, unaware of the secrets the world beyond holds. In the first paragraph, Alice Walker clearly emphasises Myops purity and young innocence with the quote “She skipped lightly from hen house to pigpen.” This demonstrates how happy Myop is in this setting, we can identify she feels safe here, “ She felt light and good in the warm sun.” Her innocence produces an excitement to the reader as it gives the
In Rhina Espaillat’s poem, “Bilingual/Bilingüe”, she has described her cultural situation as rough. Espaillat discusses how her father did not allow for her daughter to speak both languages, English and Spanish, together in the house. The father demanded her to only speak Spanish inside the house and English outside only because he is afraid that the language will tear their relationship apart. However, since Espaillat considered herself stubborn, she didn’t want the separation of languages, she taught herself English. Being raised in a household with a different language than what the dominant language is outside of the household is difficult for some individuals, however, mixing cultural differences and languages into one is wonderful.
A personal life experience is when my church goes to feed the homeless (every other saturday) my mom and I make food and take it along with us. It feels good to help people who are less fortunate. Finally, after reading the novel The Catcher in the Rye I have been able to relate to Holden in many ways. Just like Holden, I say what comes to my mind, I get anxious when things change and I have to deal with things I am not used too and I like being around kids. I am also a teen just like Holden who is trying to live in this world full of
Transitional states of maturity can be challenged or championed by unexpected discoveries which can be confronting or provocative. This is explored through Alice Walker’s 1973 prose fiction, “The Flowers”, as the protagonist’s view on the world is transformed due to the personal zemblanic discovery made. The short story explores the themes of loss of innocence and death in order to address cultural indifference and the prejudice experienced by certain groups within society, which in turn causes individuals to be effected negatively. Walker hopes to evoke sense of political and social reflection in her audience, hoping that intimate discoveries of past inequity by her readers will ensure cultural equity maintains future momentum. An individual’s
She would also take leftover food home for the family to eat for dinner. At the time, there was not much for children to do recreationally, so she and her sister would play with and catch June bugs. Adolescence1 During her adolescence years, she attended Bethune Elementary school in sixth grade. At Bethune she learned to cook, sew, and wash. She
My doctor thought it was best I did not work until I am no longer considered high risk and that was up until I was almost seven months pregnant so it’s hard to find a job and get maternity leave this late in my pregnancy. My favorite activities is reading, watching Criminal Investigation shows such as Law and Order or Mystery shows. My current communication skills are fair but I wouldn’t say they are the best because I become impatient if I have to say something over and over not
As my mother announced that our family was migrating to the United States, I entered a state of shock and excitement. I was filled with joy knowing that I was moving to foreign, that is a common slang we would say when anyone from Jamaica is moving to another foreign county. At the time I was about eleven years old, so I had no idea the major culture shock that was awaiting me. As I started to get acquainted with my new surroundings, one of the things I struggled with was school and even to this day, I still continue to struggle. I may come as being biased and ethnocentric, but personally I think that the Jamaican school system is much better than the American school system.
It was a rainy day. Unlike the previous observation, I did not get the fun ride with my professor. I had to catch the Uber and I could arrive at school by 8. I walked into the classroom and I could meet Ms. B’s class students, Ms. B and two of teachers aids. All students were eating something in class for their breakfast including two of teacher assistants.
The majority of my friends love Thanksgiving, and I love it, too! I just love it not so much for the food or because you’re with family; all of those things are nice too. Me and my family love Thanksgiving because of Black Friday Shopping. Oh sure we cook food and say a prayer together and all of that good stuff, but while we do all of those nice things we look at all the sales papers. We write several lists down of the items everyone wants buy for the sales.