Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, and Paule Marshall Alice Walker, through her essay "In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens", and Paule Marshall, in "Poets In The Kitchen", both write about the African-American women of the past and how these women have had an impact on their writing. Walker and Marshall write about an identity they have found with these women because of their exposure to the African culture. These women were searching for independence and freedom. Walker expresses independence as found in the creative spirit, and Marshall finds it through the spoken word. Walker and Marshall celebrate these women's lives and they see them as inspirations to become black women writers.
Frustration and Denial in Morrison's Sula A book which is most celebrated for its tale about friendship is found to have a more important theme and role in literature. "In Search of Self: Frustration and Denial in Toni Morrison's Sula," the author Maria Nigro believes Sula has much more important themes in modern literature. "Sula celebrates many lives: It is the story of the friendship of two African American women; but most of all, it is the story of community" (1). And it's not just any community is the community of the Bottom. African Americans who are a working class community.
In the poem Angelou uses repetition and metaphors to convey to readers how she overcame racism. Angelou does an exceptional job of showing her strength through oppression, showing her struggles of being an African American female in America and she effectively shows how she overcomes racism. The poem “Still I Rise” is about overcoming oppression with grace and moving on despite the hateful words and actions of oppressors. The poem is written with Maya Angelou herself as the speaker. It is written in the present tense displaying that she has overcome all her hardships.
She brings African American history to the consciousness of her readers just as Faye Kegley in Remembering Slavery through Toni Morrison’s Beloved agrees that she is able to do this ‘through non-western eyes by re-telling history through the lives of former American slaves’(3). The characters’ rememories in Beloved act as the novel’s purpose of bringing to light the experiences of the past and this ultimately empowers the characters and readers as well. Susan Bowers notes that the past that was too painful for just one character to remember alone can be remembered together. She also agrees that ‘Remembering is part of reversing the “dirtying” process that robbed slaves of self-esteem’ (106). One way to deal with the horrors of slavery as Morrison expresses in her works is to repress this painful memory.
(Lupton 52). Many of the problems Marguerite encounters in her childhood stem from the prejudices o... ... middle of paper ... ...s of particular importance to women. Angelou's book, although it is meant for a broad audience, is also concerned with conveying the difficulties of being black and a woman in America. Angelou addresses these issues in such a way that they appeal to all her readers for understanding, and also speak to the particular segment of her audience that she represents. This piece of auto biographical works is one of the greatest pieces of literature and will continue to inspire young and old black Americans to this day be cause of her hard and racially tense background is what produced an eloquent piece of work that feels at times more fiction than non fiction Works Cited Anderson, John .
Many assume that Blues and Jazz were the only musical influences that impacted the Harlem Renaissance. Indeed, with the pursuit for heritage and identity, many aspects of African culture influenced Renaissance poetry musically. However, focus also needs to be placed on more controversial topics, such as religion and gender, as poets challenged oppression. When discussing the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance, due to the strength of their relationship, one must look at Blues and Jazz. Many viewed this genre as a voice for the black communities and as “the New Negro poets expressed a deep pride in being Black” (Smith, 1983, p. 37) it is easy to see how this influenced their poetry.
In her trilogy, Beloved, Jazz and Paradise, and in her other works, Morrison has succeeded in creating literature for African-Americans that enables them to remember their history from slavery to the present. Toni Morrison has been called America's national author and is often compared with great dominant culture authors such as William Faulkner. Morrison's fiction is valued not only for its entertainment, but through her works, she has presented African-Americans a literature in which their own heritage and history a... ... middle of paper ... ..., Inc., 1992. Morrison, Toni. Paradise.
Maya Angelou effectively defends her dignity in the face of discrimination and prejudice in “Still I Rise”. Angelou took us in and showed us what it was to be her, this is one of the many reasons why she came to be the most important black female poets in America. In her poem, “Still I Rise”, not only does she targets her initial adulthood experiences but her encounters with sexism and racism as well. She strives to continue the legacy of her ancestors and tries to accomplish everything they were not able to at that time, she will no longer let the oppressor
Buchi Emecheta's The Joys of Motherhood as an African Feminist Text Upon my first reading of Buchi Emecheta's The Joys of Motherhood, I immediately rejoiced--in this novel, I had finally encountered an account of a female protagonist in colonial and postcolonial African life. In my hands rested a work that gave names and voices to the silent, forgotten mothers and co-wives of novels by male African writers such as Chinua Achebe. Emecheta, I felt, provided a much-needed glimpse into the world of the African woman, a world harsher than that of the African male because woman is doubly marginalized. As a female in Africa, the opposite of male, woman suffers sexual oppression; as an African, the opposite of white in an ever-colonized nation, the African woman also suffers racial oppression. Nnu Ego, Emecheta's protagonist, became at once for me the poster female of Africa, a representative of all subjugated African women, and her story alerted me to all the wrongs committed against African women, wrongs that could only be righted through feminist discourse.
(Whitted n pag.) Being an activist and a teacher during the civil right movement had made a great impact on her work. Her most recent poems are mostly about love, hate, and suffering. In addition, her two volume of short stories, In Love and Trouble: Story of Black Women (1973) and You Can 't Keep a Good Woman Down: Stories (1981), both shows the evidence of Walker 's kindhearted to the black African American and also evidence of calling herself a