America has always possessed a rich tradition of racism and inequality. The "land of the free" was really built on killing and racial dominance. In Linda Hogan's poem, "Heritage," the speaker addresses her Caucasian and native American traits acquired from each family member. Readers of the poem might disagree about the influence of the relatives on the speaker, but a closer analysis helps us realize that the speaker's traits resemble her ancestor's past. The author uses descriptive imagery and connections to the past to explain how the speaker came about. We can assume through background research and supporting evidence that the speaker is part Chickasaw Indian. As a Chickasaw herself, Linda Hogan is well-known for writing about her native …show more content…
At first, she uses joyful, welcoming ideas such as "baking bread" and "warm fine hairs" to describe her mother. However, as the poem progresses and she gets to her grandparents, she switches to a more serious tone by using dark words such as "kill" and "black." The reader of the poem develops the idea that the speaker's grandmother plays an important role in the poem from the long stanza and word choice. The speaker uses the word "brown" multiple times to remind the reader of the grandmother’s heritage. The speaker feels humiliation in the presence of her full-blood Chickasaw grandparents, her "whiteness a shame." One also gets the idea that the grandmother is a darker, straight-forward woman based on her actions. An example that stands out is her "spitting into her father's mouth" when he was an infant. This supports the racial divide between the two heritages following the bitter past. The speaker's grandmother tells her about the rough lives of their people and how they never remained in one spot. Finally, the speaker concludes the poem with the thought that the Chickasaw people have never had a home. The last sentence of the poem leads the reader to believe that it will end happily, but she alludes once again to the discrimination against her heritage. After being discriminated against and removed from their land, the ancestors of the speaker pass on their history
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Linda Hogan is a Chickasaw poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, and activist. She was born on July 17, 1947 in Denver, Colorado to father Charles Henderson, a Chickasaw from Oklahoma, and Cleo Bower Henderson, a woman of German descent. Since her father was in the military, the family moved often throughout her youth. However, Hogan felt a deep connection to Oklahoma where her father’s family lived, and she considers this her home.
As a young country, the United States was a land of prejudice and discrimination. Wanting to grow their country, white Americans did what they had to in order to make sure that they were always on top, and that they were always the superior race. It did not matter who got hurt along the way because everything that they did was eventually justified by their thinking that all other races were inferior to them. A Different Mirror by Ronald Takaki describes the prejudice and discrimination against African Americans and Native Americans in the early history of the United States.
As it is stated in the quotation, everything on earth has its own story which may be heard by real listeners. In order to be an enthusiastic listener, one should give enough attention to the silence. What is called modern today is erasing the link between people and the nature day by day. People have exploited nature continuously thinking that it is a mere entity in order to serve them. In this respect, I will explain Linda Hogan’s book, People of the Whale, in the light of Christopher Manes’ article named “Nature and Silence.”
Poetry Analysis Once the poem “History Lesson” was written numerous poetry foundations celebrated it for many reasons. “History Lesson” not only makes an impact on literature today it has also impacted people also. This poem inspires people and moves them to the point to where they can find a personal connection to the poem itself and to the writer. Not only does it hold emotional value for those who were victimized and those whose family were victimized by the laws of segregation, but the poem is also celebrated for its complexity. The poem uses many techniques to appeal to the reader.
At a young age children are greatly influenced by the chief adult figures in their life. For Hughes’s early years his central figure was his grandmother who instilled in him the character seen throughout his life and in his writing. Hughes’s love for his people originated from the stories she told him about his grandfather and uncles who had been abolitionist. Hughes expressed that his grandmother would mostly enjoy talking about her father who apprenticed numerous slaves to himself in order to set them free. His family’s potent tongue came from his great grandpa’s generosity and equality towards Negroes.
Although miscegenation is not a new topic, the effects that this phenomenon has on people’s lives has been the source of inspiration for many literary works. “Miscegenation” by Natasha Trethewey is an autobiographical poem that expresses the difficulty that mixed-race people face in accepting their identity in a society that discriminates people who are different. That is, this poem expresses how racial discrimination can affect the identity of those people who do not identify as white or black. Besides, in this poem, Trethewey narrates her origin, as well as how her parents were victims of a society that did not accept their relationship. Therefore, the speaker starts by saying “In 1965 my parents broke two laws of Mississippi” (Trethewey 1); those two laws that broke the Trethewey’s parents were that they were married and had a daughter.
In the poem “I, Too”, the author Langston Hughes illustrates the key aspect of racial discrimination faces against the African Americans to further appeals the people to challenge white supremacy. He conveys the idea that black Americans are as important in the society. Frist, Hughes utilizes the shift of tones to indicate the thrive of African American power. In the first stanza, the speaker shows the sense of nation pride through the use of patriotic tone. The first line of the poem, “I, too, sing America” states the speaker’s state of mind.
Native Son is a book that depicts violent racial tension between blacks and whites during the 1930s. This eye-opening novel is written by Richard Wright. It centers around the life of a young, black man named Bigger Thomas. The story is composed of crimes committed by Bigger and the motives behind them. His motives are influenced by his thoughts, which result from the social pressure he experiences as an African American.
Justin Do Ms. Dunlap English 102 9 October 2017 “Sympathy” Poetry Analysis Essay In the world today, we often forget about the history of our nation and how people were treated differently just because of their race. Back then, African Americans were oppressed and enslaved by the whites. Even after the Civil War, African Americans still faced racism segregation from others. Still, African Americans were not allowed to have the same freedoms as white people.
For my poem analysis assignment, I chose Making History, by Marilyn Nelson, published in 2014. The speaker of this poem is a young child, perhaps in grade school. Upon reading some of Marilyn Nelson’s other works and a bit about her past, we can come to the conclusion that this child is African American, as it focuses upon the African American history, their significant Firsts and the authors childhood. As a child, Nelson was often the only African American child in her classes and she would know the struggles of being an African American girl at the time of the Civil Rights Movement, which supports the idea that this is a young African American girl which is speaking in this poem. The tone of the poem is at first confusion and disagreement,
Ragtime and the Prevalence of Racism in the Early 1900s “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” - Martin Luther King Jr. In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, and only 7 years later, E.L. Doctorow published the novel Ragtime. One of Ragtime’s main themes is a social commentary on the racism of the early 1900s.
Native Guard Analysis Natasha Trethewey is an American poet that was born in Gulfport, Mississippi in 1966 (Kuiper). She is known for many works that are about both her family’s history and the American South’s history (“Natasha Trethewey”). Trethewey often wrote about history due to the fact that she was a biracial girl growing up during one of the most racist times that America has ever gone through. One can just imagine the struggles and the sufferings a mixed girl went through during those awful times. Native Guard is a book of poems written by Natasha that expressed what it was like during these tough times.
The two poems illustrate the idea of racism and how most blacks are being treated or think as. “Theme for English B” appears as the speaker reflects upon himself in finding his true identity… In the end of both poems both speakers finally came to the realization that they are not inferior because of the color or their skin, no matter what whites really think of them they know that what race they are they are equal and
As a woman of both white and Native American cultures, Linda Hogan’s collection of poetry The Book of Medicine, reflects how both sides are affected by white narratives. Her collection is about the illness these narrative cause and how creating new narratives we can heal from them. The first half of the book explains the destruction in the world and in our culture caused by “white” culture of separating from nature. In white culture, there is a clear distinction between “us” and nature and animals. The two, supposedly, cannot co-exist.
The story represents the culmination of Wright’s passionate desire to observe and reflect upon the racist world around him. Racism is so insidious that it prevents Richard from interacting normally, even with the whites who do treat him with a semblance of respect or with fellow blacks. For Richard, the true problem of racism is not simply that it exists, but that its roots in American culture are so deep it is doubtful whether these roots can be destroyed without destroying the culture itself. “It might have been that my tardiness in learning to sense white people as "white" people came from the fact that many of my relatives were "white"-looking people. My grandmother, who was white as any "white" person, had never looked "white" to me” (Wright 23).