All in all the bird representing hope and anger reveals the theme of oppression. In the final analysis, the symbols of hope and rage accompany the symbols of freedom and caged bird revealing the theme of oppression in the both of the poems. “Sympathy” by Paul Laurence Dunbar and “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou shows how the bird injures itself, sings a in despair, and is able to fight the oppression that has trapped it. Oppression is not only a trap for one but torture for
Within The Ballad Of Rudolph Reed, the poem implies that racial discrimination frequently befalls many African Americans and they try desperately to overcome these stereotypes to no avail. Racial violence occurs towards African Americans and they try desperately to protect themselves from that. The violence often leads they to becoming complete opposites of themselves when falling into desperation to protect themselves and others. Racist views and actions trap many African Americans in a vicious cycle of failing to fight the battle against discrimination despite standing their ground. Many confrontations against slavery ultimately lead to death and many would rather let their spirit to die inside than their lives.
Subsequently, the characters in these literary works must endure harsh and hurtful interpretations of human dignity due to their social climates. As seen in the very beginning of A Lesson Before Dying, racism was still a major issue that frequently weighed in on a black’s life. Sadly, black people were treated negatively during the 1940s and were even still considered no better than animals. Gaines utilizes this metaphor in the story and then weaves the adverse impacts of the statement throughout the rest of the story. During Jefferson 's trial, his defense attorney stated, “What justice would there be to take this life?
Especially the idea of social injustice is distinctly reflected in the behaviours of biased people living in Maycomb society where black people are considered as an inferior presence. In ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, Harper Lee illustrates the theme of justice through various literary techniques by narrating the events of adult’s world in child’s fair perspective, symbolizing each character to demonstrate the consequences which the society influences a child, and reinforcing the theme of social hierarchy due to racism. Firstly,
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.
Reals of Slavery The powerful rhetoric, through purposeful words, anecdotes, and details show how they influence America to see the evils of slavery. The evils of slavery demonstrate how the slaves were whipped and shows this with rhetoric words in his autobiography “Frederick Douglass”. Powerful rhetoric helps Douglass influence for the abolitionist movement. Douglass uses powerful words to show the evils of slavery for the abolitionist movement.
The Golden Rule found in Luke 6:31 says, “Do unto others as you have them do upon you”. During the early 1800’s humans were brutally abused by other humans. In 1844, Frederick Douglass illustrates his brutal time as a slave through his narrative The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass. Douglass writes his story using rhetorical elements to convey that slavery should be abandoned because it takes a mental and physical toll on the slaves plus, that slaves need to try and escape from slavery. Douglass uses logos and a periodic sentence to apply logical details to show how worthless and what value the slaves were to the slaveholders.
“We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes-.” This quote is from the poem, “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar which is a poem about the struggle that Paul Laurence Dunbar’s family went through during their lives being enslaved. This quote represents the role that a mask can play in covering up true self. By wearing a mask, a person is covering up their unique features. Also, they are not letting anyone get to know them as well as hiding their persona from the public.
Some of the greatest poems about racial inequality and its effect are “Sympathy” by Paul Laurence Dunbar and “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou. Both of these poems are very well written and both of them share some key concepts contextually. For example both birds in their respective poems are able to see the other birds enjoying their freedom. Secondly they are both trapped in cages and are unable to be free and live out their lives without being hindered by the oppressive bars of the cage. Some differences include how the bird in “Sympathy” mutilates himself in an effort to free himself while the bird in “Cage Bird” simply sings for his freedom.
“A Caged Bird” is a poem by Maya Angelou, that describes the struggle of a bird ascending from the restrictions with adverse surroundings. The poem renders the oppression that has affected African Americans over the years. As Angelou explains, the bird fights its imprisonment even with fear, but rises above with the stance of freedom. “Phenomenal Women” by Maya Angelou discusses beauty being in the eye of the beholder. You don’t have to have a perfect physique or focus entirely on outer beauty.
In this passage, Douglass uses contrary words to express the mixed emotions a slave experiences while under the powerful control of the slave owners. Douglass uses the word “drown” to emphasize the power of music during the time of being a slave. Music and melodies are solely used to express their sadness and powerlessness, and in rare cases, happiness. When Douglass uses the word “jaws”, it provokes the image of slavery being a monster indulging on one 's well being and integrity, striping the feelings and emotions away from the slaves. Slavery has made Douglass numb from the emotion of joy and bliss, and has had a negative impact on him in all aspects.
As I read Fredrick’s story I was reminded of the cruelty, and injustice of the slavery era. The more I discover about what African Americans went through, the more I become disappointed not only in my country, but in humanity as whole. America, “The Land of the Free”, is all we know in my generation. We cannot truly fathom what it is like or feels like to have our freedom stripped away from us, and treated as animals. Reading a brief part of Fredrick Douglass life put into perspective for me what these people felt during this horrific time period in our history.
One of the main themes in To Kill A Mockingbird was cowardice versus courage. Throughout the book many of the characters showed both courage and cowardice. During this time that the book showed, the Southern lives were greatly influenced by the Great Depression, segregation and discrimination between the African Americans and the whites. The African Americans were treated as less than human during this time. I believe that Atticus showed the most courage and throughout the book.
The author argue hat because the salve is "dogged through life by poverty, fear, and oppression" along with the toil. While the slaves of the South were saved or protected from the liberal laws. They are more dependent upon their master and that
The South was a slave society, with nearly every aspect of life touched by the presence of a brutal institution rooted in the dehumanization of black people and the supremacy of white males. At the time of Celia’s trial, Southerners felt that this way of life was being threatened by heated politics playing out both in Kansas and at home. Her fate was guided by the decisions and reactions of Southerners living in this uncertain atmosphere. These decisions, though they are what logically led to Celia’s death, were inevitably and inseparably connected to the institution of slavery. In a sense, the individual decisions were merely a means to an end, an end decided by the fact that Celia lived in a slave society that couldn’t afford the cost of her justice.