Amy Tan and Maya Angelou Compare and Contrast Essay Authors Amy Tan and Maya Angelou both show their feelings in personal narratives “ Champion of the World “ and “Fish Cheeks”. In the story “Fish Cheeks” it describes a young American Asian girl who invites her crush over for a traditional Asian Christmas Eve dinner. Her grandparents embarrass her by eating fast and eating sloppy. Her mom makes an embarrassing comment and tells it to the whole table. At the end of the story she finds out later in her life that the dinner helped her and the comment her mom made to her helped her later on in life.
To Sammy’s pleasure, Queenie and her two friends pick his register to purchase the "Fancy Herring Snacks in Pure Sour Cream" (Updike) that the mother of queenie asked to purchase. Queenie puts the snacks on the counter; Sammy looks at her hands and notices that she wasn’t holding any money. He was wondering where she’s going to get the money from, she pulls the money "out of the hollow at the center of her nubbled pink top" (Updike). This is when Sammy makes the decision to try to impress her. When the store manager approaches Sammy’s lane, he felt this was his big chance to impress queenie.
Details by the author show how the time period is and their fears or happiness such as with Angelou who describes everyones nervousness during the match and then their jubilation after the match by drinking coca cola like ambrosia and chocolate bars like christmas dinner. Tan shows embarrassment with details of every little thing that she felt embarrassed by such as her relatives and her father's belches. Both authors relate by describing their surroundings and feelings. C. We see the situation of the characters more to Tan than Angelou. Angelou describes more the people and how they react to the match with only reading a bit of her thoughts and feelings when Louis is losing.
These beliefs led her at an early age to become a newspaper journalist who wrote in opposition to unjust laws in the South. While working on a story in Natchez, Mississippi, she heard about the lynching of three young black businessmen in Memphis. These blacks—one of whom was her best friend, Thomas Moss—were lynched because they were deemed by whites “too prosperous” for their racial. This fueled Wells belief that, “lynching was a racist strategy to eliminate independent and prosperous Negroes” (Andrews, Foster and Harris 2001: 426). Whites were terrified of the idea of a successful Black that anytime they stepped “out of line” they were brutally beaten, harassed or worse similar to the case of the three men in Memphis, lynched.
A massage and a wave, and a collar for the dog, and one of those cute little ash-trays where you touch a spring, and a wreath with a black silk bow for mother’s grave that’ll last all summer”(36). From first time she meets Nick, she is incessantly babbling about buying things. Her desire for objects spawns from her emulating the other ladies of the west egg who all have many possessions. Myrtle is in love with the idea of being a classy lady and does not love Tom; she is only using him to accomplish her goals. Similarly, Gatsby uses Daisy to accomplish his goal of becoming a god.
There is much intra-race conflict; the narrator as to fight Tatlock. The narrator started fighting automatically, without a solid purpose, fighting against members of his own race. He must prove himself to the ’white men’. Left in the ring is the strong versus the weak, educated against uneducated. All tat lock wants to do is rip the narrator apart, maybe
Tupac, on the other hand, had the same problem with his music. He had to pay close attention to his music since rap was very stereotypical from a white person’s perspective. They viewed it as “pure black music” and rappers had a large portion of profanity in their music as they still do today. The students discussed how Shakur was singing against violence of the black community and how the black women were degraded. They thought this was a very positive deed Tupac did, even with
He creates his own view of the person by looking at them from different angles. During the trial of Robinson, Atticus and his family is offended by the citizens for defending a “nigger”. As a lawyer with a principle of moral and justice Atticus have to defend Robinson even though he is black otherwise Atticus would lose his honor and most of all his self respect. The trial continues and the Ewell family executes every possibility to manipulate the story in their favorer. Atticus firmly proves that Robinson did nothing wrong and
He also stated that the lynching of black people was often used as public displays to show Caucasian dominance over African Americans. Curry then concludes his essay by stating an article from the Birmingham Voice of the People from April 1, 1916. The article states an incident that happened in 1916 where a black man accidently brushed past a white girl in order to catch a train, and was then beaten by a group of Caucasian males, and was then hung from a tree. The article then stated that pictures of the hanged body were being sold for 5 cents. This article selected by Curry reinforces his argument that lynching was used as a method of showing white dominance over African Americans.