The murder of Emmett Till provoked outrage across the country in 1955, Gwendolyn Brooks had a strong stance on the case and so did many other Americans. Emmett Louis Till was an African American boy who was born on July 25, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois, he was the only child of Louis and Mamie Till. Emmett’s father had been a private in the United States Army during World War II, and had then been executed for “willful misconduct” while serving in Italy (BIO). Leaving Mamie and Emmett to be all on their own. As a mother she defied the odds of the adversity that she continuously faced daily. She had grown up in the ‘20s and ‘30s. She advanced both academically and professionally. She had the privilege of graduating from a predominantly white highschool, and becoming the fourth African American student to do so. While in school, she was raising Emmett and working long hours for the Air Force as a clerk.
Emmett Till grew up in a growing middle class black neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. The neighborhood had tons of black-owned businesses and the streets were lined with black-owned insurance companies, pharmacies and beauty salons. As Emmett continued on in life, in his thriving community, he faced challenges that had the potential to change his life. At the age of five, he had been afflicted with Polio. He made a full recovery with only a stutter that stuck with him. If you were to ask his community about him, they would say he was responsible funny, and had highly infectious spirit (BIO).
As a young child, Emmett had more responsibilities than the average child of his age. With his mother working twelve hour days, he took responsibility for cleaning, cooking, and the laundry. He attended an all black grammar school, whe...
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...in phrases, to bring them out more to the reader. As the poem goes on, Carolyn’s image of her “Fine Prince” changes. The contrast begins. In the line, “She heard no hoof-beat of the horse and saw no flash of the shining steel.”
the contrast is right there, the contrast between past and present. As the image of a prince is a man in shining armor and a big horse. This line describes the moment when Carolyn realizes that Roy was not the “Fine Prince” anymore that she was once married to. As she thinks about what her husband has done, she is bothered, and her “hatred for him burst into glorious flower.” Brooks never stated names, and never flat out told the story, this leaves a sense of mystery, the same with the case itself. Brooks slowly built up the emotions, she conveyed the story in a way that builds tension. At first, things are all good, but then start to go down.
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