American society in the South during the 1930s was full of prejudice, injustice, and racism towards African-Americans, known as “negroes” to white people. Segregation caused whites to treat blacks very poorly as a result of prejudice. One result of this was a justice system unfairly favored for whites. Harper Lee displays these ideas of prejudice, injustice, and racism in her story To Kill a Mockingbird. She does this through the events involving Boo Radley, Tom Robinson’s trial, Aunt Alexandra’s actions, and the visit to Calpurnia’s church.
Through the results of these instances, Harper Lee shed a new light on racism and how it will always persist in America. This novel is mostly centered on Tom Robinson’s case and the final judgment. Tom Robinson was accused of raping Mayella, daughter of Bob Ewell. Atticus, being a symbol of good moral, dug his own grave when he decided to defend Tom. Since Tom Robinson was an African-American, all the odds were against him, so Atticus’s decision to defend Tom was the cause of the enmity between society and his family.
Two main themes are human rights and religion (Themes and Construction). Throughout the book, Stowe is trying to explain to the reader how everyone should be treated equally, and that slavery is wrong. She gives the reader many different ideas of what a slave master was like by showing us the different punishments bestowed upon slaves (Cindy Weinstein). This quote represents what Stowe was trying to prove to her readers- that slavery is wrong and everyone should be treated equally. This quote is said by the slave owner who ends up beating Uncle Tom to death, “I hate him!” said Legree, that night, as he sat up in his bed; “I hate him!
In the short stories, “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” by Flannery O’Connor and “A Rose For Emily” by William Faulkner, a noticeable comparison is made between the two. Both short stories have alarming and horrifying plots that criticize southern corruption through the main character’s distorted view of the world. One is about a grandmother and her family being viciously murdered in cold blood, and the other is about a woman who murders her lover and then sleeps beside his decaying body. The two short stories both share uniquely similar characters and settings in the way that they view their own distorted reality of the South. Firstly, racism, which is evident in both short stories, shows the influence that the southern culture has on the settings for the two protagonists.
Perception defines the world around you. It affects every aspect of your being: your thoughts, actions, beliefs, etc… In the novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, Jean Louise “Scout” Finch begins to understand just how impactful perception can be as she witnesses the deterioration of the dignity of Tom Robinson, a black man who is being tried for the rape of a white girl. In this intriguing read, Harper Lee demonstrates the theme of inaccurate allegations very effectively. More specifically, when inaccurate allegations that are solely based on perceptions are presented, the consequences can be significant, for others may suffer at great lengths. Perceptions are often incorrect when one is unwilling to believe or does not have all of the facts.
Humans have a tendency to get defensive of their actions, and resort to denial or ignorance when feeling attacked, which is why Baldwin begins his book with a letter to his nephew. The entirely of The Fire Next Time addresses the highly problematic racial inequality in that is still deeply ingrained the American culture and motivates the actions of its citizens. Despite the book's overarching message of the dire need for love and union between the black and white race, a level of resentment and anger is prevalent in Baldwin's narrative. The underlying message addresses the white readers, arguing that their privilege continues to undermine the black communities and that their practice of ignorance continues to perpetuate the problem. He holds the white people accountable and explains how the black race naturally feels compelled to retaliate-sometimes too much.
Norton’s scene with Trueblood has many allusions to white identity loss. When Norton has his conversation with Trueblood, it almost seems like he wanted to do what Trueblood did to his daughter. On page 41 of “Invisible Man” Ellison writes “his blue eyes blazing into the black face with something like envy and indignation.” The key word in that quote is “envy,” and it’s very disconcerting that Trueblood did this horrible things to his daughter and Norton envies this. This can be further seen in Norton’s description of his daughter. According to Kim and Daniel Y.
In the poem “Sestina for the Sin” written by Tara Betts, the poet uses repetition of six specific words to underline the cruelties committed by the white people back in the days where black people were forced to death ruthlessly, as well as the application of contrast between the white families and the black families to emphasize a difference of life situation that these two groups were living under. These two elements combine together form a critic to the preposterous past when the cries of the black race became a habit, and the skin color became a sin. Tara Betts begins the poem with a contrast between the white children who are playing at the ground and the black families who have to see their beloved getting hang, all of these incidents happen in a sunshine day. The poet writes, “Picnics with children in daylight’s open air as families await a lynching, a preoccupation whetted by social habit.” The comparison between the light and dark as well as the conflict between two races reveal a hatred from the white race towards the black race. The children that seem lovely and innocent, who can imagine that it’s their parents who took away the lives of the youths from another race?
This novel “…shows racism’s damaging effects on the black community at large and on black families” (Kubitschek, 27). In The Bluest Eye, Pecola Breedlove realizes the supremacy of white society and longs to have the features of white females. She prays God to give the bluest eye in the world. This word reveals the eagerness to have even more finer features than white
Munch once said: “Sickness, insanity and death were the black angels who watched over my cradle and accompanied me all my life.” (Edvard Munch Biography) The repeated bereavements he has known, the diseases that killed off his relatives, the signs of depression he developed since 1891 pushed him to illustrate his tragic sense of life, his anxiety and his obsession with death. Munch also said he wanted to show “creatures that breathe, that feel, that love and suffer.” (Kilian, 1990) In this case, The Scream depicts a character who suffers, anguished by the world around
Many who had a faith, had their relationship with God put through several trials and tribulations. Some relationships prevailed, and some failed, but the questioning was fundamental. As Moshe the Beadle says, “I pray to the God within me that He will give me the strength to ask Him the right questions.” (pg 33) The Holocaust forced many people to ask horrible questions concerning their relationship with God, but the fact that one is asking the questions in the first place, still proves their faith. For example, once Wisel found himself in the concentration camps, he started to question God, and why he permit something as horrible as the Holocaust to occur. On page 33, he asks, “Why should I sanctify is name?...What was there to thank him for?” Elie starts to question why he should continue to have a relationship with God, because He had allowed a traumatic event, such as the Holocaust to exist, proving the relationship to be challenged.
The church instead believed that AIDS was a punishment for those living sinful lives, and because the church was so powerful and prominent within the black community, this only increased the lives affected by AIDS, as it continued to affect the lives of those living and not living with AIDS within the church, individually, collectively, and institutionally. The AIDS epidemic that dramatically forced its way within the black community, considered “this generation’s war,” was the modern day enslavement and massacre that replicated the slave trade during the 1800s that also claimed the lives of thousands of black bodies, Ronald Jeffrey Weatherford and Carole Boston Weatherford discuss in Somebody’s Knocking at Your Door: Aids and the African-American Church (7). Because these communities were denied inclusion within white dominated spaces of society, they heavily relied on their religious communities to provide this under the safe confinements of the church amongst their own people. The black churches were therefore, very protective in maintaining this exclusive union, which explains why they refused to confront