This is showing that it doesn’t take blood to create a strong bond and that no matter what; unconditional love will always help you get through hard times. During the different times that both stories were written the way that African Americans were treated were quite similar. Back in 1909 when The Color Purple took place it was before woman were really seen as what they are and they were just figured to be a caretaker and a maid. The fact that Nettie was black didn’t help because she was considered to be dumb while in fact she was intelligent. During her years when she was married to Albert she with a little help of her sister Cellie learned how to read.
Martin Kange English 2308 March 3, 2014 Mrs. Keck How It Feels to Be Colored Me In 1928 when Zora Neale Hurston wrote “How it Feels to Be Colored Me” it was not very common for a person to freely speak about how racial discrimination was not bothersome to African Americans and it certainly did not reflect the way most had felt towards racial discrimination. Hurston spoke of when she was growing up in Eatonville, Florida and how, “white people differed from colored to me only in that they rode through town and never lived there” (Hurston, par. 4). In this essay she explains how she does not let all of these injustices continue to be bothersome to her whether they happened in her past or in the present, she does not let these injustices keep her from living a virtuous life. Hurston outlines her life a young black girl who took a positive attitude in life after her dad ships her off to stay with her brother.
Hook’s essay successfully achieves her purpose because of the credibility instilled by the historical context of her writing and expert opinions and her appeals to pathos through the use of personal experience. In Hook’s writing she had one specific purpose. She wanted to help people understand the depth and complexities of racial injustice. She is also informing the reader that racism is something that not many people think too much about. She is stating that we tend to overlook most of our past and present issues of racism and segregation because we have been raised in a world that is not an issue worth worrying about.
“She wrote me once that no matter where we “choose” to live, she will manage to come see us, but she will never bring her friend.” Pg This shows that Dee see herself belonging to a high intellectual and social class than Mama and Maggie. Maggie scars symbolizes the hardship of African Americans unlike Maggi, Dee doesn’t have any scars which also tell the readers that Dee live a life of privilege. Dee lack of knowledge about her newly adopted African culture is equivalent to the lack of knowledge of her American culture. Walker argues the responsibility of who should define the African American culture. The responsibility shouldn’t be left to someone who possess no true identity or who is unclear about the meaning of her identity.
She does not sit back and let the tragedies in her life cripple her. Instead it strengthens her. Through questioning and discovery she better understands the world she lives in and how small a thing like happiness is comprised of, “If you kin see de light at daybreak, you don’t care if you die at dusk. It’s so many people never seen de light at all.” (Hurston 151) This quote caught my eye while I was reading because it makes you truly think of what really makes you happy in life. Janie married Logan Killicks for protection rather than love.
She has to learn the value of her life. Most blacks of Janie’s time get treated badly. Janie is a very lucky person. She is on the top of the world she does not go through the harsh environment that her fellow brothers and sisters go through. Hurston breaks the three most important rules of the Harlem Renaissance: to protest racial oppression, to make other Americans aware of the African-American experience, and to define and exalt the African-American heritage experience.
Wearing the scarlet letter was done to please society, but it also maintained her individuality. She respected the rules placed, but she didn’t let it dictate her life entirely. Hester’s strength roots from her indifference with society’s opinion. Resulting from her punishment of her scarlet letter arose the purity of her new independent moral code. With the scarlet letter, Hester became much more independent, and began to follow her own morals, not those of others.
She feels that she sometimes is not a race but she 's her own self; she identifies herself as a human and not someone who people should be afraid of. The narrator feels discriminated against, but doesn 't feel angry about it. This essay shows that the narrator felt different when it came to skin beautiful dark skin and people with lighter skin than her, like people would discriminate against her for her skin color. Her racial identity was represented as someone was dangerous and someone whose background was from the times when there was slavery and thats how the whites see her; that is how she is identified but she says that it really doesn 't bother
This shows how much value Frankel places on literature in which good triumphs over evil in the end. However, hope was not completely obliterated for Frankel as he was able to discover “the beauty and the hope beneath the surface” (Frankel). Although Frankel did not completely avoid contaminated reading, as Morrison hoped for her book, he turned that contamination into something productive for himself by being able to find beauty in the language, even though it did not lead him want to leave his comfort zone as a reader. The aesthetic criteria used in John Leonard’s review places an interest in form and content of the novel. Leonard’s criteria seems unafraid of reading
She does not believe racism is a problem now and thinks that these black people just make this up. She dismisses the black lives matter movement. She said she has nothing against black people like Ben Carson because she respected him as a decent person. She told me that she had worked with people of different racial background and she always treated them based on their work quality not on their skin color. I challenged her by asking “Can you imagine yourself being black?” She admitted several days later that my question was hanging in her mind over the weekend.