For the Discussion Assignment of this week, I chose the Haitian story "Ghosts" by Edwidge Danticat. I chose this story because it shook me a little. It tells about the poor conditions of Haitian slums such as Bel Air in Port-au-Prince, "the Baghdad of Haiti" (Danticat, 2008, p. 1), and in particular the disadvantaged life of Pascal Dorien, a young boy from a good family who wanted to report the rude situation of his neighborhood by becoming a radio journalist. Unfortunately, the tough criminal situation in there, melted with the daily routine of his parents ' restaurant, where local gang bosses used to chill, dragged him in a vicious circle. He has been charged with several crimes unfairly and then released.
Noha Amr Ali Elfeqi Professor Sahar Hamouda Comparative Literature DATE The Racist Discourse in Lawrence Durrell’s Justine In his essay “An Image of Africa”, Chinua Achebe criticizes the white colonizer and his depiction of Africa as “"the other world," the antithesis of Europe and therefore of civilization” Similarly, Lawrence Durrell sees the beauty of Alexandria only in what is European. As Alexandria is losing its European essence gradually and turning more Arab, Durrell laments the city as the “blacks” start “leaking into the European quarters”. Although Achebe wrote this essay criticizing Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness that was published fifty-eight years before Justine, the white man’s view of “the other” is always the same. Durrell’s attempt to segregate what he sees as the savagery and ugliness of Arabs and Africans, and the culture and grace of Europeans, is through a discourse that is charged with blatant racism and white-supremacy. Despite his claim in the first page of the book that the characters are fictional but only the city is real, in an interview in 1977, when asked if the Alexandria in the Quartet is not the real Alexandria, Durrell admits: “Yes – it’s terrible.
This essay will discuss how Sylvia Plath uses figurative language to represent Esther’s feelings of insanity, anxiety, and freedom. 2. Insanity One of the most important symbols of insanity in Sylvia Plath’s novel is the bell jar. Given the fact that this is also the title of the book, it is surprising to find that the bell jar only recurs at the beginning of chapter fifteen when Esther, after being ‘rescued’ from the city hospital, reflects on how indifferent she is to where exactly she is at the moment. “If Mrs Guinea had given me a ticket to Europe, or a round-the-world cruise, it wouldn 't have made once scrap of a difference to me, because wherever I sat – on the deck of a ship or at a street café in Paris or Bangkok – I would be sitting under the same glass bell jar, stewing in my own sour air” (Plath 2006, 199).
When Barney Hopkins, the director, asks what they are doing, the men reply that there are too many unpaid bills and everything is being shut down. This leaves the three main girls with no job and a near eviction. While in their apartment, the girls complain about how hard it is to find a job because of the depression. In fact, Gold Diggers of 1933 makes many references to the depression, continuously commenting
What is the role of Crooks in the novella? In the novella “Of Mice and Men” Steinbeck uses the character Crooks as a vehicle to illuminate the silent suffering of the black community in the 1930s. In the novella, Crooks is used to explore the themes of isolation, prejudice and how Steinbeck believed that the American dream was an unrealistic ideal — a fantasy. Steinbeck uses Crooks to highlight the cruel treatment that black people had endured in the 1930s. When Crooks is mentioned for the first time, Candy says that the boss “gave the stable buck hell” because Lennie and George were late arriving, but Candy then justifies the bosses’ actions by informing them that the “stable buck’s a nigger.” This justification implies that due to Crooks’ skin colour, he is automatically treated as a lesser human being that can be used as a tool by the hands of his white superiors.
Dickens revealed how the jails were where the, “Dire Diseases were bred [and how the they] came into the court with the prisoners,” eventually infecting the judge too. The absurdity that the judges believe they are safe from illness even though the prisoners are ill exposes the horrific state of law by exposing the irony in the court. The sickness shows irony for the judges own prisons are so disgustingly kept that the prisoners being brought in are the reason the judges themselves get sick and eventually perish. Furthermore, by personifying the illness as able to multiply on its own shows how horrific the state of the law is in England by giving a sense that the disease is physically growing and infecting the people of the courtroom. The horrible conditions of the court parallel the mob in France by exposing the state of
[He] could go get a job an ' work, an ' no trouble... [He] could take [his] fifty bucks and go into town and get whatever [he] want.” Of the other characters, Crooks and curley 's wife also show signs of desperate loneliness. Since Crooks is black, he is shunned by the other men and so spends his time in his room, alone and bitter and even says that “S’pose you didn 't have nobody. S 'pose you couldn 't go into the bunk house and play rummy 'cause you was black. How 'd you like that?” curley 's wife also spends her days hounded by her mean-spirited husband with her attempts to reach out to the other men backfiring, ultimately leading to her death when she desperately reaches out to Lennie saying “Why can 't I talk to you? I never get to talk to nobody.
Proles are lowest class make up the biggest part of the population but the Part has taught, “that the Proles [are] inferiors who mush be kept in subjection, like animals” (). This is highlighted by Winston’s reaction to the “steamer” (). He is walking through the streets of one of the slums when a rocker bomb explodes and destroys two houses Winston doesn’t even react to the “bright red streak” of blood on the street (). When he realizes “that it [is] a human hand severed at the wrist; He kick the thing into the gutter” (), Winston’s relationship with Julia also highlights the Parties destruction of human values. Julia is a member of the Party and also a member of
Vampires who turn into subsiders are those who are not able to purchase blood due to steep prices. In a capitalist society, wages create a fixation on commodities and the ability to purchase them (Morrissette, 2013). As a result, members of society incapable of maintaining a certain (middle class) lifestyle become outcasts and treated unequally. This can be seen from the hatred towards subsiders shown in the movie. Healthy vampires often refer to subsiders as ‘filthy rats’ and ‘animals’ .
“The Black Cat” Everyone has had bad luck from time to time before, some people say that bad luck can come from salt spilling over, a black cat walking under a ladder. In the story “The Black Cat” the author, Edgar Allan Poe, takes this belief and blows the whole idea out of the water and into something different from the usual bad luck. The main protagonist, or the narrator in this case, goes through having bad luck throughout the entire story but this isn’t the same kind of bad luck that regular people would experience. This bad luck leads to him killing his wife and his own home burning down. Edgar Allan Poe uses foreshadowing and symbolism to show the character’s actions in “The Black Cat.” There are many examples of symbolism in the
They “typically remained on ship decks exposed to rain, wind, extreme temperatures and rough seas. Conductors relegated them to cramped and unclean second-class cars known variously as the ‘dirt,’ ‘dog,’ or ‘Jim Crow’ cars after the minstrel show’s peculiar caricature of black America”. They railed against “fanatics” who were not only attempting to ruin the Fugitive Slave Laws, but also were claiming immunity from
Removing Henrietta’s cells without her consent seems to be a very rare scenario and this can tell how the medical community mistreats the Black Americans. A woman of black America origin, Rebecca Skloot managed to surface other different stories of maltreatment directed to the African American community. Blacks in America were taken as people with unequal rights even in a situation like this that talked about right to life. She explained horrific experiences on experimentation of African Americans, stories that were enhanced by fear seen in Henrietta’s relatives refusing to visit hospitals even for necessary treatment. In this regard, the paper will give a response to the immortal life of Henrietta Lacks.
She went out in the morning all sad and all brown on the inside then she comes home red with her heart being full. The page that I found powerful was the one where she was trapped in a bottle. I found this page powerful because it shows you how much darkness can really takeover. Because when she’s trapped in the bottle she has nowhere to go, she has very limited space. The bottle is the darkness because it has trapped her.The darkness is basically mocking her,at the top of the bottle there is an
The general argument made by author Nathan Place and Erin Durkin in their work, “Because you’re black’: Queens Bakery fined in discrimination case”, is that people continue to discriminate against colored people. More specifically, they argue that the Meimetea’s are racist and discriminate people based on their race and won’t hire them to work for them due to that. Patty Meimetea wouldn’t hire Jamilah DaCosta because she was black and claimed that the only thing she will bring is problem. The article starts, “She was telling me all this negative stuff – she couldn’t hire me because I was black, and I would scare away her customers.” Patty Meimetea couple wouldn’t hire any dark skin women employees to work at the front counter because of her
Zora Neale Hurston’s writing is both a reflection of and a departure from the ideas of the Harlem Renaissance. The Jim Crow Laws were seen in this book, and as a part of the Harlem Renaissance, were made fun of. “Each and every white man think he know all de GOOD darkies already. He don’t need tuh know no mo’.(p. 172)” Tea Cake is forced into cleaning up the dead from a hurricane and was discussing the treatment from the white enforcers while also making fun of them.