Often times, literature reflects the problems within a society. An author finds their character’s struggles and triumphs in the people of each era. Inspirations from real life events fuel not only great literature but also books that become remarkable social pieces. A perfect example is Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. This novel is reflective of the 1930’s era.
Native son by Richard wright is a novel revolving around a young African American named bigger Thomas and his life working for the Daltons family. In a situation caught between faith and death, bigger must decide what he has to do to prove his innocence or fight after being caught in the midst of a violent act. “He knew that the moment he allowed himself to feel to its fullness how he live the shame and misery of their lives, he would be swept out of himself with fear and despair.” This quote describes the situation bigger and his family are in. His fears and inner demons reminding him and fighting back of where his mind is really at. Wright uses this sentence to describe bigger and the works of his mind, the power his thoughts have over him if he surrendered.
Even the Invisible Man’s grandfather’s last words told him to adapt to the society. He said to “overcome them with yeses undermine ‘em with grins, agree with them to death and destruction” (The Invisible Man p.16) because when he was able to be what society wanted him to be they lost something. But he knew that it was wrong and even though he knew that the whole time he still was “carrying out his advice in spite of myself. And to make it worse, every one loved me for it.” (The Invisible Man p.16). Society tried to force all blacks to act like that so when they saw him acting exactly like they believed he should, they praised him, trying to make sure he would never act any different.
Fruitvale Station is a great example of a film that shows accurate social issues that occur in today’s society. The movie demonstrates issues of inequality, racial prejudice, gang involvement and also unemployment. It also shows how the people who are forced to live with these issues, fight for survival to maintain to see another day. Fruitvale Station is based on the true story of a young man named Oscar Grant III, who is murdered due to existing social issues such as racism. The movie displays the young man’s daily activities from waking up and getting his daughter ready for school, taking his girlfriend to work, celebrating his mother’s birthday and finally to the time at which he loses his life due to misjudgment of his character.
Huck Finn3 Characters found in Mark Twain’s novel, The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn are shown as being victims of the times through their ignorance to the possibility that all men are equal no matter what color skin one has. Pap, Huck’s father, is the most ignorant character within the book. He blatantly comes out and tells the reader his feeling of blacks, while a character such as Tom isn’t so obvious. Along with these two characters, the Royal Nonesuch and the Phelps’s friends display an ignorance of the times. Huck displays ignorance at its best, and shows that with a little love, it can easily be diminished.
He reflects “I dont care so much about beeing famus. I just want to be smart like other pepul so I c... ... middle of paper ... ...ss cannot be deprived from increased intelligence, particularly without emotional maturity. Throughout the beginning of the Novel all Charlie Gordon wants in life is to become smarter so which will in turn make him happier and help him gain more friends. Not even fame or worldwide recognition could overcome his will to become happier from intelligence. However as the book progressed and Charlie did receive his wish to become smarter he realized, without emotional maturity he was even worse off than before which then may have caused his relapse and loss of memory bringing Charlie back to his previous condition.
Malcolm’s teacher stated “one of life’s first needs is to be realistic”... ... middle of paper ... ...His continuous and discontinuous development was not mature enough to understand what the family encountered. As Malcolm X begin to mature he understood the meaning of racism and the years of cruelty and harassment his parents endured. Nature and nurture was a part of Malcolm X life, he was genetically exposed to racism before birth due to his parents heredity. His early life experiences and the negative environment he lived in, led him to become angry toward white Americans. However, through his development and qualitative change in his feeling, thinking and behaviors transformed him to become a prominent black civil rights leader.
Malcolm X on the other hand was a man who suffered through his childhood because white supremacist killed his father and it separated all his family. Malcolm X was raised in foster homes and got to experience the worst. He had revenge in his mind. King however was looking for unity and equality from the white people, and that one day they were all going to live peacefully together. In the end both goals were very similar and both became a big impact on the African-American society.
He explains all his difficulties through his senior year in Cidal college, in South Carolina. His abusive parents, his teammates, his coach all which lead him to become a powerful person. His memoir about his basketball career and the affects he had amongst people caused him to have a magnificent book revealing the insides he had with his teammates. Don Conroy, his abusive father, wasn’t there to keep him going but only held him back from going too far. His coach and his father were people who brought him down into believing there is no good in the world.
The story “Sonny’s Blues “is about two brothers that deal with racism. In dealing with their issues they both suffer and survive in their family and community. Their stories are a strong impact on their character and how they deal with their pain. Sonny chooses a more damaging means of racism, such as drug addiction to heroin; although, he does find a better choice music! The older brother, the narrator, James Baldwin, goes to college to become a teacher, and give back to his community in Harlem.