In Rumor of War, the author, Philip Caputo, brings many themes and concepts of The Vietnam War to the table. These points are thoroughly supported throughout the rest of the novel. Philip Caputo’s first hand experience, which was laid out in his 1977 memoir, is simply about war. Every aspect was described in it such as the things men do in war, and the things war does to them. It is about his service, at the young age of twenty, in the United States Marine Corps. He entered the war because he thought he could be a hero, due to the large amounts of propaganda, and the fact that he thought it was going to be a quick war. He was wrong. Philip Caputo illustrates the unique experience of war. The author shows what the soldiers go through physically and mentally by evolving them as a person, while shaping their morals and values of life.
Willie Lynch is a man who wrote a letter teaching whites how to stay in power. He uses the power of self-hatred to control the lives of Black people today because if one can control the mindset of others, one is able to stay in control. There have been divisions created during enslavement “divisions based on differences in skin color, hair texture and physical appearance.” ** Segregation within our own community correlates to the belief ‘light skin is the right skin’, because young people see being lighter in complexion as an accomplishment since having lighter skin is accepted and promoted more in our society. This saying has taken a toll on the black community and brought up back the influence of the idea of Light Skin vs. Dark Skin emerging from the Willie Lynch letter.
In Gary Soto’s story, “1, 2, 3,” he recounts an even dealing with prejudice that has a significant impact on the characters. The altercation occurs when a little girl falls off of a swing and her father accuses a young Mexican girl of pushing her. *[By making connections to the characters’ values in their speech and actions and repeating certain words or phrases to emphasize a point, Gary Soto explains that the way one should respond to prejudice is not by assuming the worst of people and fighting them; instead, one should try to help others, understand their point of view and values in order to prevent the negative effects of prejudice.] * *[One’s values and assumptions play a role in how that person responds to prejudice and can have an impact on how he or she views certain people. ]
The theme I chose for The Wednesday Wars is the growth of Holling. They call it The Wednesday Wars because every Wednesday Holling had to stay with his teacher that he thought did not like him and she made him work and over the year he grew in friendship with her. The reason I chose the growth of Holling as the theme is because throughout the year, Mrs. Baker helped him grow in stature and knowledge. I chose this because at the start of the book Holling was bad at running and then Mrs. Baker helped him and he grew in running. Lastly, I chose the growth of Holling is because Holling grew in friendship with Meryl Lee. The way he grew in friendship is when Meryl Lee was mad at him he was at her door with 2 Cokes and a flower. The picture I chose
Another example is when Mrs. Dubose was saying mean thing about negroes and Atticus. “ ‘Your father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for!’” (Lee 135). Although there are more examples of racism, these are just some of them.
“There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.”- Zig Ziglar. In the book The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt Holling Hoodhoods (the central character in this novel) dad does not want Heather (Hollings sister) to go to college. I think everyone needs and should go to college. Many people say this today, and multitudes of people are homeless because of this. It’s like Nelson Mandela once said “Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.”
In Terrance Hayes’s poem “Mr. T-,” the speaker presents the actor Laurence Tureaud, also known as Mr. T, as a sellout and an unfavorable role model for the African American youth for constantly playing negative, stereotypical roles for a black man in order to achieve success in Hollywood. The speaker also characterizes Mr. T as enormous and simple-minded with a demeanor similar to an animal’s to further his mockery of Mr. T’s career. The speaker begins his commentary on the actor’s career by suggesting that The A-Team, the show Mr. T stars in, is racist by mentioning how he is “Sometimes drugged / & duffled (by white men) in a cockpit,” which seems to draw illusions to white men capturing and transporting slaves to new territories during the time of the slave trade (4-5).
Adventure! Conspiracies! Tragedy! All of this and more is what Sophia Calderwood experiences in the novel, “Sophia’s War,” by Avi. Sophia’s simple life as a 12 year old New York City girl living in the times of the American Revolutionary War gets turned upside down after witnessing the hanging of the famous American spy, Nathan Hale. Sophia claims this to be “the beginning of my extraordinary adventures.” On page 9 of “Sophia’s War,” the text states, “Over time, his [Nathan Hale’s] death proved of greater consequence than his life. Without any doubt, it altered the history of my country as it altered mine. Indeed, what I had just witnessed was the beginning of my extraordinary adventures.” As you can see, Sophia is foreshadowing her future
It is truly evident that the fundamental focal point of the whole motion picture is bigotry. Bigotry is characterized as the conviction that all individuals from each race forces attributes or capacities particular to that race, particularly to recognize it as substandard compared to another race, which prompts preference and oppression somebody of an alternate race. The film determines its attention on bigotry in the unified states. As we clearly all know, prejudice has been one of the greatest issues that american culture has looked since its establishing and even previously.
Have you ever seen someone get bullied? It is truly a horrible sight to see. Especially when you know that you can step in to stop the immoral act. There is an example of this in the novel The Wednesday Wars by Gary.D Schmidt. In the chapter March, we read about two people. The first, a girl from Vietnam who is being ruthlessly bullied by her schoolmates, because of her ethnicity and race. The second, the school lunch lady who sustains a grudge against the refugees from Vietnam, because her husband who was killed in cold blood by a Vietcong soldier. But the lunch lady 's attitude changes, when she witnesses the young girl from Vietnam being relentlessly, tormented by the rumors that were spread throughout the school like the plague. This is
The core theme of Ralph Ellison’s short story ‘Battle Royal’ is racism and its manifestation in the society that the author lives in. The conflict between the two cultures, black and white, the segregation and suppression of the African Americans by the whites are emphasized through various incidents. The fact is that the narrator himself unconsciously gives in to racism and as a black man longs for the approval of the white man. He considers himself superior to the other blacks. But the ‘battle royal’ that he is compelled to participate in finally makes him realize that in the society he lives he is “an invisible man.”
People always question themselves, they are always trying to perfect everything they do. Everyone does it, because everyone wants to be better. They want to achieve their goals in life and be successful. They will also do almost anything to gain perfection. Whether it’s gain in wealth, jobs, friends, relationships, or anything you could imagine. They will perfect themselves and what they do until this all manifests. So when you see characters in movies or books you also see that they indeed do it too. In the book The Wednesday Wars you see this is the main character’s family, especially the father. The main character Holling strives to become better, but his father will do almost anything until he gets it right. That’s understandable until
This was stated by the San Francisco mayor James Phelan in 1900, showing that this racism began long before the war began. Also, in document 11 with “The Japanese race is an enemy race…”. Quotes like these exemplified the racism that occurred toward Asians in the WWII era. In Ronald Takaki’s essay he uses a quote from the Los Angeles Times that compares the Japanese people to a viper and states that they cannot be American. All of these sources exemplify the fact that Americans did not have the capacity to not be racist towards the Japanese.
1. Explain the author's primary point. The author seeks to bring to light the unfair treatment of the Negros by the whites in the places they live in. He also seeks to show that leaders only make empty promises to their people. Brutal cases are most among the Negros as they are attacked and their cases go unnoticed or ignored.