While trying to find her own happiness, Helga Crane looks towards her materialistic views which prove to dissatisfy her in every situation. Helga Crane put up racial barriers physiologically to protect herself from discrimination and conformity. Crane grew up without a place in the status quo which forced her to blend with wherever she was accepted. Her influences during childhood had a huge impact on her and the way she felt she should be treated, but as she grows older she begins to experience the wrath of racism. Crane experiences her life through the eyes of other people, particularly white people.
The character that is most affected by racism is Pecola Breedlove. Pecola searches for love and acceptance in a time period that denies people of her race. She was abused, neglected, and hated by her father, and others people. Everything that happened to her leads back to racism. People made her feel ugly by how they talked, and treated her.
Hypocrisy is as much a part of Maycomb’s society as church and community spirit. For example, Mrs. Merriweather talks about saving the poor Mruans from Africa, but she thinks black people in her community are a disgrace (p.234). The hypocrisy of this teaching is shown as soon as she mentions the word ‘persecution’. This is due to the fact that she herself is persecuting the black people of Maycomb by not raising an eyebrow at the killing of innocent black men. Furthermore, it is obvious Bob Ewell is abusive to his daughter, Mayella, and that he is the one who violated her, not Tom Robinson (p.178).
Her mother is a product of hatred and ignorance. The Breedlove's all are confronted by prejudice on a daily basis, both classism and racism, and for the first time, the white standard of beauty. Growing up in this environment, Pecola is vulnerable in every way and becomes the victim of discrimination by both white and black people in her community. Inherited from her mother the feelings of rejection, Pecola is a vulnerable girl. The novel indicates that her mother, from the early part of her life, felt a sense of separateness and unworthiness and that she "never felt at home anywhere, or that she belonged anyplace" (111).
She states, “I have had friends never speak to me again, parents forbid their children to play with me, job offers suddenly evaporate…when people found out my father is black” (416). Thomas distinctly uses these examples mainly because they are synonymous with the racial boundaries that blacks endure in an everyday American society. Furthermore, these examples grab the emotions of the reader, especially if the reader is black. To further the influence of pathos in the essay, Thomas changes her direction by focusing on how the black community did not accept her, knowing of her mixture. She provides her second example of society’s ignorance by explaining her... ... middle of paper ... ...rticulars) in order to achieve her conclusion (the general).
When Mrs. Burke’s son, the owner of the house Moody worked began to be attracted to Moody, everything seemed to be awkward to her. Mrs. Burke could not accept a black woman surrounded her son, and that made Moody even angrier. By then, she started to understand the reasons white and black people could get along; however, in her paths of life, she began to know about the unfair lynching and the crimes Caucasian committed against African-Americans. In the beginning, Moody did not understand why they were a lot of pains in black’s community, and why no one did nothing about their sufferings; yet, throughout her times in the civil rights movement, she started to realize that African Americans were scared to take a step ahead to stop with racial discrimination. Thus, during her civil rights work, she was still upset with black Americans failure to act toward their problem without any fear.
She refused to give her seat to a white man and was arrested for not doing so. The reasons and consequences and the significance of her stand are comparable in many ways to Atticus Finch's stand in To Kill A Mockingbird. Rosa Parks worked for the equality of all people. She was elected secretary of the Montgomery branch of the National Advancement of Colored People, unsuccessfully attempted to vote many times to prove her point of discrimination, and had numerous encounters with bus drivers who discriminated against blacks. She was weary of the discrimination she faced due to the Jim Crow laws, which were laws were intended to prohibit "black[Americans] from mixing with white [Americans]" ("Jim Crow Laws"1).
She admitted later that she was ignorant in racism. She told me that she was raised up in a very racist family who would never accept a colored person. When I asked her about gender inequity, she said she did not think so. I told her some facts and she seemed reluctant to acknowledge this. I am not sure whether raising the awareness of gender inequality would help the oppressed people because it will make them feel mistreated and unsatisfied.
Raney In my opinion, I did not like this book. I do not like books, which involve racist notions. How could she be so narrow-minded? Her parents taught her everything when it came to treating people who were different as different, and she could not manage to ignore their advice. She was a very racist woman, which caused a conflict between her and her husband, whose best friend was a black man named Johnny Dobbs.
The racism and discrimination Maya faced throughout I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, affected her attitude, personality, and overall outlook on life in a positive way. While Maya is young, she notices white impudence but doesn’t always recognize it as racism, and it affected her attitude towards her life. She is taught to understand that white people don’t like black people; the white race is evil. Although she can comprehend that and understand to obey whites, but she doesn’t understand the reasoning behind it. For example, when the young white girls are mocking Momma in front of the Store, Maya is crying behind the door because she can’t understand why they’re being so mean, especially because Momma hasn’t done anything wrong to them.