In the novel Copper Sun by Sharon Draper, Polly is an indentured servant who wants to escape her class and Amari is a slave who has had her family ripped away from her. Polly grows from a narrow-minded young woman who looks down on slaves into a more tolerant young woman, likewise, Amari grows from a naïve young woman who does not trust her instincts into one who is wise beyond her years. Throughout the novel, Polly grows from a narrow-minded young woman who is disdainful of slaves because of how she was raised, because they prevent her from getting a job, and because they seem less intelligent than she into a more tolerant young woman who understands that slaves are the same as she is on the inside. Polly was raised to see herself as being above slaves and closer to her rich employers than the other indentured servants and slaves that she lived with: as her father told her, “the company you keep will rub off on you, Polly girl.
Nanny’s portion of the novel shines a light on how Janie really views the world compared to her grandmothers. Ultimately Nanny wants Janie to be happy and well taken care of by any means necessary, regardless of how Janie feels. Nanny grew up while being in slavery and lived a hard, loveless life. She ended up getting pregnant with a white man, which to some degree helped her life and the life of her daughter better than it was before. Nanny believes that having the “ultimate life” is based off of status and what the man can bring to the table and provide for her, not solely from mutual
That is sort of the case with all the sister but anyways. At first Dede wanted to give up on life, but then notices how much her family needs her support. She realizes the fact that is she abandons them, they will then be destroyed by the SIM. She breaks up with her Husband which at that day in age that wasn’t normal if you were married to someone you stayed married to that person. On page 198 there is textual evidence of her courage here is the quote, “She felt a… What it meant.”
Nanny would always tell Janie that love comes later in a relationship and that love is not as important in a relationship as security. Nanny shrunk the horizon, which for Janie represented her hope for a loving relationship, and made Janie believe that it was going to be something accessible. Some people 's dreams come true easily while “for others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eye away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by time” (1). This quote explains that although some people may
She begins this novel with a severe dislike for even just Africans in general as stated on page 75, “Polly really didn’t like slaves for. As far as she was concerned, they could all get shipped back to Africa or wherever it was they came from.” But as she continues on, and learns more about Amari, Teenie and Tidbit she begins to care for them deeply, to the point of staying by their side in times of hardship where - she could have gone alone and been much much safer, also to defending them at the time she shot Clay. This just goes to show how learning more about reletivly unknown people or things can help change the overall outlook on them. Indentured servant vs. Slave, which one would be preferrable?
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is an influential book that teaches a simple lesson: life is not perfect, but we can still find our happy ending. Hurston demonstrates this by following the life of Janie Crawford. Janie is a headstrong African American who is caught up in the mess of early 20th century America attempting to get used to living with free African Americans. Additionally she must decide for herself what it means to love another person, discover who she is, and thereby, what she wants. Even though Janie is born after the American Civil War, she lives in a society still learning to come to terms with the reality of civil equality.
However, the author, as a black woman, was excluded from this system. Therefore, she showed how she was longing to create a real home for herself and her children. However, the author, by explaining the example of the black woman who had a real home, also asserted that though having a home and a stable family life is valuable, it should be balanced with personal freedom to guarantee a woman’s individuality.
She is to stay in the house and do what women were expected to do, clean and cook. Janie is eager to help outside and Tea Cake is the first guy to let her do so. “So the very next morning Janie got ready to pick beans along with Tea Cake” (Hurston 133). In this day in age, it is rare for a women to work along side a man, they were expected to stay in the house. Janie is infatuated by the idea of a man finally giving her a sense of freedom because her whole life she has been trapped in a world where the guy is the only person in charge and
Hurston tells the story of Janie, a black woman who because of her grandmother experiences and beliefs was forced to marry into a loveless marriage with Logan Killicks, a hard-working farmer who had 60 acres of land and could provide for Janie. This marriage ended when Janie ran away with Joe Stark, a man that she fell in love with and thought could give her the love absent between her and Logan. But Janie soon realized that her second marriage wouldn’t turn out better than her first. Joe was just as controlling and degrading as Logan. He hardly expressed his love for Janie and spoke to her like an incompetent child.
This can also explain why Janie ran away with Joe Starks. Janie was enticed with Starks’ words and thought that he could be the one that could give her the love she was searching for. However, she was not happy with being the “mayor’s wife,” that just did what Starks told her to do. Janie did not feel love until, as Hibben’s describes, “Tea Cake came along with his trampish clothes and his easy way and his nice grin,” allowing Janie to fall for him.
“Janie saw her life like a great tree in leaf with the things suffered, things enjoyed, things done and undone. Dawn and doom was in the branches” (Fitzgerald, 6). Life is a mirage of ups and downs and often the extent of these circumstances relies on reactions presented when the situation occurs. The use of voice can often completely change the outcome of an event. However, when one uses their voice depends on not only the internal confidence but also external factors that can influence the decision for the use of voice.
Th eir Eyes were Watching God is a novel of many struggles and triumphs. From the very beginning of the story, Janie, the main character of this novel had been dealing with abandonment and being the outcast because of her color. Everyone in her small little town made fun of her because she had no parents, she lived with her grandmother, and at the time in the backyard of some "white folk". She dreamt about love, and happiness. She wanted to be appreciated instead of only worried about.
Janie Mae Crawford’s story is one of turmoil, and struggles. Janie wishes to live a fairytale life to make up for her troubled upbringing. While Nanny did raise Janie well, and tried to do what was best for her, it is still hard to go through life without your parents. Especially because Janie never really knew her father or her mother, she is trying to create this fairytale life for herself in order to do the opposite of what her parents have done. But because Janie is striving for this fairytale life, she will never be satisfied, because fairytales are not real.