Chris Shea Professor Christine Doyle ENG 348 02/02/16 Analytical Response Paper for Hope Leslie: Volume 1 In Volume 1 her of 2-Volume novel Hope Leslie, Catherine Maria Sedgwick demonstrates that in order for a character to be deep and complex, he (or she) does not have to be a white colonist from England. In this case we have Magawisca, who is, according to the introduction to the novel, the first complex Native American character in American literature. This means Sedgwick’s novel is a real testament to not only its feminist roots, but also to its race theory roots.
She argues that Iowa is in the middle of the country and its topography is also centralized because it helps transition travelers to what lays ahead in connecting states. She also goes into detail about the political and economic aspect of the state and how through the course of Iowa’s history Iowans became not exceedingly wealthy or poor, along with not being radically liberal or conservative but somewhere in the
I believe Erdrich book moves away from stereotypes and describes nineteenth-century Native Americans as individuals with rich traditions and customs. Erdrich is able to describe the Native American culture during the Westward Expansion of the United States in a realistic and sympathetic way through the eyes of an Ojibwa Indian girl. She also personalizes this story with her own drawings as a testimony of her Native American family roots.
Charles Kirsch 1/20/23 Ms. Rodriguez English 10-4 A Woman’s Right to Choose: The Effects of Systemic Prejudice in There, There There, There by Tommy Orange tells the interconnected stories of several Native American people who live (or end up living) in Oakland, California. Jacquie Red Feather, part of a family line that ends up tying together many of the characters, is a very recently recovering alcoholic who works as a substance abuse counselor. She has suffered many traumas ranging from rape to the suicide of her daughter, and, in the first chapter narrated by her in the book, is finding her path to sobriety and responsibility. Growing up as a Native American girl made Jacquie especially vulnerable to societal and interpersonal oppression,
California is a place of great disappointment for many people(s). It has disappointed people all the way back to the 1850s during the gold rush, and it is even said to have happened further back, when California was mostly populated by Native Americans. Joan Didion, author of “Los Angeles Notebook”, and Richard Rodriguez, author of Disappointment From California, both agree on this point. In Disappointment From California, Rodriguez describes how different California is from many outsiders ideas of it. He sees how it can be a disappointment, and there is a lot of disrepair in his own expensive neighborhood even, but he also describes how it is also a place of great opportunity for the hard working.
Authors Frederick Jackson Turner and Zitkala-Sa can be compared in one aspect: they both have a great deal to say about land, agency, and the American frontier. The similarities between the two end there, however. Turner is a major proponent of typical frontier ideology. He is passionate about the land, but only insofar as it can be used for further westward expansion. He insists that “Americans” are characterized by their rugged individualism, yet cannot imagine Native Americans as anything other than a single-minded collective, a mere object for colonists to act upon.
The Cultural Divide Before analyzing another’s actions or decisions it is imperative to understand their ethnic background. The same is true when analyzing pieces of literature that emphasize conflicting cultural beliefs and customs. Sonny’s Blues, written by James Baldwin, gives the reader a glimpse into the hardships of living as an African-American in Harlem during the 1950’s, where drugs and violence ruled the streets. The Man to Send Rain Clouds by Leslie Silko uses visual imagery to illustrate Native American customs on an Indian reservation in New Mexico. While Baldwin and Silko’s stories are different in nature, they both contain similar conflict between cultures.
Irish Immigration in America (1820-1920) Irish immigrants fled Ireland when the potato famine nearly wiped out all of its people. Most of the Irish that left Ireland did so as indentured servants, this meant they had to be slaves in America until the cost of their trip was completely paid for. Despite a challenging immigration, the Irish culture and heritage has become a staple on American culture since coming here. We will be discussing some of the trials and tribulations the Irish people faced when they came to America and examples of how they perceived through the tribulations of immigration. Early turn of the century Irish Immigrants were not welcomed into America with open arms.
One of the key trends that helped to form this distinct cultural awareness were literary works that described the tales of white men who “went Native,” attempting to fully integrate themselves into Indigenous ways of life. As the novels gained popularity, the romanticization of Indian cultures through a strictly white, European lens brought an appropriated “sense
She brought many problems forward with how Americans treat foreign names and she made an extremely valid point that all names no matter the ethnicity should be respected equally. This essay is about equality, in the essay she talks about how her and her family has had their names made fun of by Americans, and the only way that she was able to fit in she had to choose an American name. The setting takes place from her early childhood in America and it leads straight into her adult life and how it was difficult for her. The main focus is on the writer itself, she bases all her ideas and feelings
When the abstract schemas above are filled in with details from actual events, we often find misrepresentation, misuse, and theft of the stories, styles, and material heritage of people who have been historically dominated and remain socially marginalized” (Matthes 343). When dominating groups of people (i.e. white people) misuse and twist the history of other groups, it is harmful and offensive. The people who are being misrepresented are often those who have been discriminated against in history. The use of their culture often demeans them even further. Olufunmilayo B.
Comparative Essay: Racism and Discrimination Born on 1966, Sherman Joseph Alexie, a Native American writer, wrote a short story entitled, “Indian Education,” in which he describes his most racist memorable events that he experienced while in school, from 1st to 12th grade. Alexie’s story is greatly similar with Sumaya Al-Ghazawi’s “Mixed Races, Mixed Feelings” in which a biracial girl tells a story about her racist experiences at school. In both Alexie and Al-Ghazawi’s stories, it can be seen that both withhold the same point of view and theme of racism, however they have different settings, races, and people that discriminate the main characters, Sherman Alexie and Audrey Kibs. Both stories are told in the first point of view, from Alexie and Kibs’s point of views. Alexie
Americanah is a deeply thought out book, it is clear that every page is written with such passion as well as knowledge. This makes the story real, sometime brutal and honest but real, Adichie herself has experienced the things that she writes about and is passionate about sharing these experiences. This is clear in her writing a it can be seen that she does not hold back and write about the truth no matter how harsh. One of the most prominent themes that she writes about is race. Race is often a topic that people tiptoe around and do not often