African-American male and female writers have dealt with the sufferings, slavery and freedom. Being Black male and female writers Langston Hughes and Alice Walker play an eminent role for the Black people’s welfare. In the novel, The Color Purple author Alice Walker introduces Southern Black female characters not only faced slavery, but sexism, racism and oppression .Throughout the novel Walker not only describes the injustices against African-Americans but focuses to read an oppressed races and struggles underwent by Celie .The Color Purple is an extraordinary account of a Black women 's plight as Celie strives towards acceptance, freedom and independence. Langston Hughes is Black American’s most representative writer and a significant figure
It is the mother’s vulnerability to the racial standards of beauty that is transmitted to the daughter and ultimately leads to her victimization. In fact, the reason of Pauline’s vulnerability to the racially prejudiced notions of beauty lies in her relationship with her own mother. The relationship between Pecola Breedlove, the protagonist, and her mother, Pauline Breedlove, is ironically characterized by lack of love, and emotional attachment, indifference, frustration and cruelty. Set in a small town in Ohio, during the Depression, The Bluest Eye is the story of eleven year old Pecola Breedlove, who, victimized by the racist society, yearns for blue eyes, which, she believes, will make her worthy of love, happiness and acceptance in the
In her novel I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she uncovered the gloom, pain, loneliness and the sufferings of her life in specifically and her race in general as she belonged to African base . Her child exploitation has been well explored in this novel. Racial discrimination that she faced in USA has been particularly mentioned. Marguerite, the main character and childhood reflection of Angelou, has been called a symbolic character for every black girl growing up in America. She experienced racial prejudices and discrimination in Arkansas.
Through the idea of “dropping out” (line 12), the poem suggests that women should try to break free of the system and defy the traditional gender roles that it has placed upon them. The main conflict of the poem is that of a mother with her own family. They constantly judged her actions in the household, even giving her grades for her performance. In the poem, her husband gave her “an A for last night’s supper, an incomplete for her ironing, and a B plus in bed” (line 1-4), her son “says she is average” (line 5) and her daughter “tells her she passes” (line 10-11). Simply put, her husband uses an A-F system, her son uses a ranking system and her daughter uses a Pass/Fail system.
The Puritans’ disgusting looks and hurtful words continually remind Hester of her sinful actions. Hester is originally tortured by the constant mental burden that the townspeople, her own daughter, and the scarlet letter enforce. The weight of her sin affects her physically and mentally. After seven years of punishment, her beauty and warmth have disappeared. Hawthorne writes, “her beauty, the warmth and richness of her womanhood, departed, like fading sunshine; and a gray shadow seemed to fall across her” (478).
The story starts off with Mariam, a girl whom is mentally tortured by her mother.. Mariam lives with her mother, Nana, for the first fifteen years of her life, but something tragic happens which forces her to get married to an abusive middle-aged man named Rasheed in a distant city. The second part of the story starts off with Laila a girl with a somewhat stable family. Laila’s life was almost perfect until a bomb took it all away, and with nowhere else to go she married Rasheed. The last half of the story focuses on the relationship on Laila and Mariam. They start off as rivals and then become inseparable.
It has been cherry-picked from a Bible story in which a sterile woman named Rachel begs her husband for children, using that phrase to express her sorrow. The Gilead society has used its power and corrupted the original story by taking the phrase literally, sending the Handmaids to a certain death in the colonies if they cannot bear children after a specified time. During the Prayvaganza, the Commander in charge of the service claims that the young girls’ arranged marriages benefit women by saying, “We’ve given them more than we’ve taken away...think of the trouble they had before..some of them were desperate, they starved themselves thin or pumped their breasts full of silicone, had their noses cut off. Think of the human misery”(Atwood 219). By saying
"Ah can’t die easy thinkin’ maybe de menfolks white or black is makin’ a spit cup outa you: Have some sympathy fuh me. Put me down easy, Janie, Ah’m a cracked plate." Nanny is beyond exhausted. She grew up during slavery, was raped and had to raise her child, Leafy, without a father. Nanny never got married because she was worried that Leafy would be trampled upon like she was.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie created the book Purple Hibiscus it talks about Kambili a girl that explains her life. A African girl that explains her life with growing up with an abusive father in her home. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie created the book Purple Hibiscus it speaks on the life of having an abusive father in the house. In the beginning papa beats mama for having symptoms from her pregnancy which cause her to miss church. He also hit Jaja,Kambili,and Mama for letting Kambili eat while suppose to be fasting but ate because of cramps.
As a result of the Harlem Renaissance, Afro-American genre came up as a literary genre as ‘the spring of Afro-American voice’. They realized that their Utopian ideals would not be achieved without paying attention to the relationships between Black men and women. Alice Walker, a feminist writer also belongs to the same Black community and has undergone this class, social racism and sexual oppression and knows well the pain of the Black women. Through her writings and characters, she has portrayed the marginalized life of the Black women and revealed the typical Afro-American society. Her writings brought an awareness of the system of violent racism of the South and the effects of it on the Black.