4.03 Developing Theme Thesis Statement F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and The Jelly Bean both use Irony, Foreshadowing, and symbolism to describe how many people’s endeavor to achieve great wealth and class drove people’s decisions in the 1920s. I. Main Idea for 1st Body Paragraph: Irony A. Literary element use and effect in novel 1. Nick’s relationship to Gatsby is an example of irony because Nick tells the story about Gatsby, but he doesn’t like him.
The first Red Scare occurred right after WWI and when the Jazz age and prohibition started. America was a notable economic power, and the KKK dominated the South opposing to the law. The first Red Scare was a fear of communists, socialists, and anarchists. A series of anarchist bombings, innocent people were jailed for sharing their views, and civil rights were ignored. The amount of fear, as fast as it came it went away just as fast.
It projects a patriarchy of elite white men who repress the majority of the population through sexist and racist policies. In this puritanical state, Commanders are political leaders and lawmakers who support and contribute to the rise of Gilead. Each Commander possesses a big house, a Wife, Marthas, a driver, and a Handmaid, epitomizing wealth and power. The Gilead society uses Biblical allusions to justify the role of the Commanders. During the Women’s Prayvaganzas, the Commander expresses, “For Adam was first formed, then Eve” (221) where Eve was made as a helper and to complement Adam as a servant rather than function as an equal.
By Iago’s own admission “I play the villain” (Shakespeare, 1310), and his internal feelings of evil are well founded as shown through his destruction of the lives of nearly everyone in the play, but he has his reasoning. Iago has grown up as a privileged white Christian male in a society that favors white Christian males and, notably, has the favor of at least three senators who would have been quite influential in Venetian society (Kiernan, Print). The catalyst for all this is the admission of Cassio to the position of second in command, which Iago had too been vying for. Iago believes this is taken from him by a Black, possibly Muslim, man, Othello. Thereby allowing Iago to use what influence and power he has retained to ruin Othello’s life and power dynamic.
Tom Buchanan, the Great American Scoundrel In the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tom Buchanan is the classic representation of an American scoundrel in the 1920 's. Tom 's role is of the wealthy, powerful, controlling, and unfaithful husband to Daisy Buchanan. Tom is of the privileged class, and he is proud of his old money, of where he lives, and his white race. Fitzgerald characterizes Tom as a manipulator, this being the worst of his qualities. Tom is a scoundrel, and no sliver of empathy can be given to Tom, due to his reckless behavior.
The classic American novel “To kill a Mockingbird” relates to the era of the Great Depression which as we know was an era in which racism toward black men was at its peak, due to that white supremacy was very noticeable. We can observe how some of the character of this best seller are very racist, during the story in causal events that black and white men should have equal opportunity to win the colored person has no chance at all, there were places just for white or black people and the areas for white men were impeccable and had more resources that the black venues could ever imagine, and lastly the lack of education toward colored people was very pronounced. Education, a fundamental human right according to UNESCO was taken away of black men, that is why the majority of the colored man were not lawyers nor doctors. Everyone should have the right to know how to write and read, the majority of black men died without knowing. The small percentage of people that knew how to read and write learned because someone who was white had taught them, it had nothing to do with school.“ Jem said it looked like they could save the collection money for a year and get some hymn books.
Mark Twain expressed through his characters how slaves were thought of as property and not human beings. This is evident at the slave auction and throughout the story as Jim fights to buy his family's freedom. Aunt Sally also drives home the message that blacks are not men when after the steamboat explosion she is told a "nigger" was killed and she replies, "Well, it's lucky; because sometimes people do get hurt!" (Twain 228). Earlier, Twain shows just how racist people are when Pap Finn actually gives up his right to vote because a black man has the right to vote.
In Chuck Palahniuk’s novel “Fight Club”, the protagonist Jack suffers from a dissociated identity disorder developed by the frustration and alienation of a materialistic American society. The novel as well as David Fincher’s 1999 film adaptation both offer a broad spectrum of various themes associated with the 20th century, the most notable being the ideas of consumerism and the feminization of the culture as a whole. Along with his alter-ego Tyler Durden, Jack creates ‘Fight Club’, where the oppressed men of Generation X attempt to regain their male identities by withdrawing from society and falling to their most violent instincts in order to feel alive. Hence, Fight Club “seduces us with the pleasure of expressing rage against the constraints
The constant stream of rhetoric from the McCain and Palin camp, aimed at manipulating the image of Obama among his white voters by portraying him as an elitist arrogant kid out of touch with average people. They tried through their rhetoric to remind the white voters that this black guy was not like them and looked down on them and how dare he. This play is one of the oldest and most predictable plays in the racist playbook (wise p 75). The radio commentator Rush Limbaugh kept insisting that Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama had been merely an act of racial bonding. Limbaugh was conceived that Powell, the lifelong Republican, had chosen to support Obama simply because of his skin color, not because he was the best candidate.
In stanza seven, the river speaks of factories that have dumped their wastes by its side, as well as the exploitation of Native American land and labor; both points are used to show how greed can destroy humanity. At numerous points throughout the poem, Angelou mentions the different races who came to America as immigrants and slaves. The mention of these different races can have a positive and negative connotation. Speaking positively, Angelou may be referring the fact that America has been called “the melting pot” of cultures, and how all people were welcomed openly to America. Negatively, she may be referring to the fact that this medley of cultures has led to an erasure of their individual identities, which relates to her theme of celebrating the diversity of all
Reconstruction- created race conflict in all aspects of American society Both in the North and South The Gilded Age- separation of the classes began to emerge wealthy elite rose above the working class and artificially suppressing worker wages Social Darwinism and Herbert Spencer- the application of Darwin’s theory of evolution to socioeconomics by Spencer created a sense that lower classes were “unfit” Survival of the fittest World War I- following the disillusionment of WWI, a fear of outsiders rose Harding: “Return to Normalcy”
Furthermore, a further obstacle of change was the Ku Klux Klan which demonstrated America as ‘the united states of Lyncherdom’. Supreme Court encouraged Klan terrorism, castrating thousands of blacks as if it was acceptable, showing the massive social division. The ‘Mississippi plan’ emphasised this white supremacy as Newspaper defended lynches as ‘home –loving’ . This demoralised activist as it showed blacks had no legal protection. Nevertheless, positive changes did occur in this period.
The ideals of Social Darwinism also gave white men another possible justification for their treatment, providing a reason for them to believe that blacks were poor and desolate because they didn’t work hard enough. These sentiments often lead to violence against blacks, even in the most quaintest of towns throughout the South. Nativist sentiment helped to further this
When analyzing classes and race I think Tom Buchanan would be an interesting character to look at due to the fact he said “Civilization’s going to pieces”, broke out Tom violently. “I’ve gotten to be a terrible pessimist about things. Have you read ‘The Rise of the colored Empires’ by this man Goddard?.....The idea is if we don’t look out the white race