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Names and Titles in Gloria Naylor's novel, Mommy, What Does Nigger Mean - Names and Titles in Gloria Naylor's novel, Mommy, What Does Nigger Mean   "Words themselves are innocuous; it is the consensus that gives them true power." (Naylor 344) A name is a mark of classification, a basis for self identity. Able to elevate or annihilate a persons' perception of herself and the surrounding society, these designations can uplift, joke, chide, mock, insult, degrade. "Society" implies the people and the atmosphere encompassing an individual in her daily life. "Culture" is closely tied to the society of a person--it is the aspects of her life which are directly influenced by such issues as race, color, nationality, religion, sexuality, and any other number of things that mark a person as distinct....   [tags: Mommy What Does Nigger Mean Essays]
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Comparing the Loss of Innocence in Cullen's Incident and Naylor’s Mommy, What Does Nigger Mean? - Loss of Innocence in Cullen's Incident and Naylor’s Mommy, What Does "Nigger" Mean.   Unfortunately, a question that many African Americans have to ask in childhood is "Mommy, what does nigger mean?," and the answer to this question depicts the racism that still thrives in America (345). Both Gloria Naylor’s "'Mommy, What Does "Nigger" Mean?'" and Countee Cullen's "Incident" demonstrate how a word like "nigger" destroys a child’s innocence and initiates the child into a world of racism.  Though the situations provoking the racial slur differ, the word "nigger" has the same effect on the young Naylor and the child in Cullen’s poem....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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And That's the Word - ... The word crippled is a word that Mairs uses as power to the people she is comfortable with such as her friends and family. Unfortunately, our society has high expectations and is obsessed about their norms and physical appearances. Having Mairs exposed to this society will see that crippled is a very unpreferred, however powerful word. Differently able or any other word similar to cripple is more appropriate than what Mairs prefers. Regardless of what the society thinks about Mairs and the word cripple, she does not let the word bring her down....   [tags: Language] 806 words
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The Imprint of Words - ... Since freedom of speech is something that is so greatly cherished amongst people living in America, people are more inclined to say what they want not caring who they offend the process. In “Mommy, What Does Nigger Mean?” Gloria Naylor states “The spoken word, like the written word, amounts to a nonsensical arrangement of sounds or letters without a consensus that assigns the ’meaning’ and building of what we hear. We order reality” (Naylor 510). I completely disagree with Naylor’s theory. Yes, words can be a powerful apparatus of expression when effectively applied, but they can also be of treachery when abused....   [tags: Abuse]
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Repercussions of Racial Hate - Repercussions of Racial Hate "I hate lima beans. Mom, please don't make me eat those, they're soo gross!" kids say things like this all the time. Hate, it rolls off the tongue with ease; yet, we do not feel the power it brings. We learn hate at a young age, no matter what background we grow up in. From children of Klansmen to intercity father-less poor kids, and yes even to our seemly protected clean suburbs. Children are so impressionable; if mommy tells you to hate the niggers b/c they're bringing our society down or if daddy says to hate the white man for he's the one holding us down and keeping us moneyless, children will listen and imitate the hatred we portray....   [tags: Papers] 1104 words
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