Okonkwo is so ashamed of his own child that he “will not have a son who cannot hold up his head in the gathering of the clan. I would sooner strangle him with my own hands” (33). Okonkwo’s uncertainty of clan’s opinion causes him to make drastic statements, such as threatening to murder his own child, in order to prove himself worthy of the society. Okonkwo would rather not have a son than have one who would tarnish his reputation. As a result, he repudiates his own son.
The land could not support the people and the people did not know how to support the land, so people left the villages to look to start new lives in the cities. It is rumored that when one goes to Johannesburg, s/he is never heard from again. The examples of Absalom, Gertrude, and John show that people go astray in the city with no one to turn to. Johannes... ... middle of paper ... ...tes fail to address the causes of these crimes and instead of assisting the natives, they turn toward stricter segregation and push them even farther away. They also fear a native miners’ strike because that would collapse their whole economy.
The most glaring example of racism in the novel is when Tom Robinson is convicted of raping Mayella Ewell just because he dared to feel sorry for her. The result of this racial prejudice leads the people of Maycomb to be very hypocritical and have double standards. They say they have sympathy for other races in other countries but then they treat the ethnic minority in their town with great disrespect. The prejudice of the town is produced from fear, historical context and their social conditioning. They are afraid because of ignorance and not being able to understand new and different things.
In the end, Nwoye betrays Okonkwo because of his father’s cruel attitudes towards him and the fact that his father murders his adopted brother, Ikemefuna. Due to the influences of the Igbo society, Okonkwo is afraid of being a man without a title and being buried without dignity, so he strives all his life to achieve his dream, this is the cause of his impatient, arrogant characteristics and inner “fear” which eventually leads to his self-destruction. The influence of the Igbo society develops an inner “fear” and traits among the villagers, especially on men, causing negative impacts on their lives. The main character, Okonkwo is never close to his three wives or children because of the male dominant society he lives. In the Igbo society, men are superior to women because they are considered as the brave warriors of the land; they go to wars and can have more than one wife.
Shorty is the young black boy who gets beat by the white people and jokes about it. Richard hates Shorty because he accepts what Richard finds so disgusting. Richard goes over in his mind the different choices he can make to deal with the feelings he has. Richard does not want to “give in” and be a slave to the white people. He would never give in and become a slave because he has hated that idea since day one.
The only difference is the way each one of them handle it. Ever since Bigger was a little boy he has felt very oppressed by the world because he was black. Bigger feels that he has nothing to be proud of so he takes this oppression to the heart and turns it into fear. The only way that he could express himself was to show the world that they should not oppress what they don’t know the power of. Bigger demonstrated that he should be feared and acknowledged by murdering the daughter of a very rich family.
He was so inconsiderate he didnt both to think about the pregnant women and children he was sentencing to death on the trail. All he cared about was making sure that they moved in order to give him more land to control. It was all about power to him. Andrew Jackson honestly makes me sick. He is a horrible person and an even more horrible leader.
To him, the violence of the Negro slaves was simply a response to the pent up frustration of all the years of the brutal mistreatment at the hands of their owners. Even in their fury they had a method to their supposed madness-CLR James notes that they spared the surgeons that were kind to them and priests whom they feared. However, James also notes that they failed to spare much else- not the crops and land that they would need, not the white children that, to them, may have represented a chance of future enslavement. At one point, he notes that they carried the bodies of white children on a pike and cried for vengeance. To the Negro slaves, their violence was an expression of freedom- one of their first ones.
Arthur knows that the lack of education and low social status thrust upon the black population is what polarizes the whites and blacks of South Africa’s population. Through this polarization, South Africa’s population becomes afraid of one another, and Arthur knows that he must do something about it. Funnily enough, he falls victim to the very injustices he shines a spotlight to and advocates for. Another victim of the South African society is Absalom Kumalo. When asked why he kills Arthur Jarvis, he doesn’t answer that it is because of his race, or because of what he has done, he constantly repeats “I was frightened, so I fired the revolver”(194).
Throughout the story, Roger Chillingworth wanted to seek out revenge to whoever Hester’s child father and lover was. As for Dimmesdale, he was emotionally broken because he felt guilty, and there nothing he could do about it, besides live with it or else be punished harshly. Then comes Hester, she had to live with the scarlet letter “A” on her chest for life, which constantly reminded people of her adultery crime. She was emotionally broken because no one wanted to be near her due to the crime she committed. Thus, made her felt isolated and friendless.