Bambara’s short story is full of taboo language, indicative of the colloquial speech style she seeks to represent among Sylvia and her friends. Taboo words like “Shit”, “damn” and “ass” all make multiple appearances in the story. Although this sort of language is not limited to the characteristics of AAE, it situates the African American childhood in their socially disadvantaged environment, where the inhibition level of using taboo vocabulary is at a minimum and the language is, in fact, that which is considered inappropriate in other social
Rhetorical devices in writing often can make or break an author’s work. In Barbara Jordan’s autobiography Becoming Educated she uses a wide selection of strong rhetorical strategies that further prove her point, but two in particular reinforce the story. The perspective she gives to her story and her experience draw the reader in and make the work seem more personal. At the same time that her work reads as a casual conversation, her professional diction strengthens her character. Obviously, an autobiography will use perspective in the text.
In the excerpt of the “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave,” Douglass discusses the horrors of being enslaved and a fugitive slave. Through Douglass’s use of figurative language, diction and repetition he emphasizes the cruelty he experiences thus allowing readers to under-stand his feelings of happiness, fear and isolation upon escaping slavery. Figurative language allocates emotions such as excitement, dread and seclusion. As a slave you have no rights, identity or home. Escaping slavery is the only hope of establishing a sense of self and humanity.
One quote that explores how the main character, Dexter, is given a unique personality states “The helpless ecstasy of losing himself in her charm was a powerful opiate rather than a tonic”. This quote helps to provide some background on how Dexter is given a idiosyncratic persona. Essentially, the literary devices in “Winter dreams” are used to help provide each character with a personality. The use of imagery in this short tale is imperative to detailing the characters and their conversations. The story uses imagery various times to better convey the setting and plot of the story.
However, her connection of Beloved to the shared African-American identity, as well as her very writing of the novel itself, suggest otherwise. It is only through remembering slavery that one can avoid passing it on - that is, avoid allowing society to repeat the same mistakes. Morrison 's deliberate tense shift on page 324 is a call to action urging people today to remember slavery: "This is not a story to pass on". Even the final word of the novel - simply Beloved 's name - encourages readers to name and accept the past. By finally giving the legacy of slavery a name instead of using "she" and "her", Morrison shows that coming to terms with the past can lead to a rewarding
I strongly believe that the theme of revenge and its harsh effects is one which offers readers many valuable lessons and insights into the bleak, austere world of the novel. Teenager can also learn many lessons throughout the novel such as selflessness, pre-judgement of individuals, and the impact of negative choice. We, as a teenager can relate to the events occur throughout the novel while still being able to take away valuable messages that can utilize in our daily
The complex, yet essential nature of relationships is a fundamental facet of life; this stands as a classic conception, bearing transcending value. Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and Fay Weldon’s ‘Letters to Alice’ are able to explore the adversities relationships carry through their respective texts, albeit their differing contexts. Despite this, the prevalent concerns both texts share allows one to comparatively investigate the hardships of relationships, through the subjects of the value of marriage and the rigidity of gender roles. Through a comparative disintegration of the two texts, individuals identify that discernment of these notions place emphasis on the challenges of relationships and allows individuals to attain insight regarding
patchwork of flashbacks, memories, and nightmares that is channeled to unearth those unspeakable horrors of slavery while giving them life through a life-giving eternal story. Toni Morrison joined the league of slave narrators, by producing a text which is set to make the horrors of slavery once again alive and saved from the oblivion which forced by some Americans who were chewing historical facts and order to adopt a less disturbing and more favorable account of slavery. In this light, Toni Morrison's Beloved worthy of study in relation
To voice their burden of being slaves, female slaves had to struggle a lot whereas male slaves recorded their anger, frustration and feelings of powerlessness, nonetheless, their common experience of dehumanizing conditions of slavery creates a powerful communal voice. Through their narratives, the black managed to esteem and preserve their value system including, music, songs, voodoo, beliefs, spirituals, religion, ancestors, kinship-ties, herbal medicines, food habits etc. The slave narratives have been read by critics as rerecording of history of slavery, as of humanity of the blacks as they also carried with them from ‘South’ by forging their cultural principles into new forms of expression that would sustain the conditions they met in ‘North’. Through these forms they were able to respond to social, racial and economic exploitation under which they
This indicates to us the large-scale influence that the book held on culture and society, the work provoking women into considering their selfhood and positions, even being referred to as “a catalyst for change" by modern day feminist Eleanor Smeal. Additionally, another example was the feminist magazine Spare Rib, which provided readers with a critical analysis of sexual oppression as well as other relevant concepts; the magazine confronting issues and dilemmas