Ben is one of the main characters in this story. He is the son of a racist mum who does not let him play with his brown neighbour Daisy. He is a caring character with a nice personality he does not judge anybody just because of their race. I feel sympathy for him because he in between his mother who is racist and wrong and Daisy who is a sweet brown girl who just wants to play with him, Ben does not know which one to choose as if he chooses his mum he will hurt Daisy and if he chooses Daisy his mum would not be happy at all. He is in an awkward position in this short story.
Drew Christensen Hour 0 “Honest, perceptive, and fair-minded, a loving father, and loyal friend.” are the words of Barbara Apstein, PhD and professor at Bridgewater University, describing none other than “nigger-Jim.” She goes on to say that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, is actually an anti-slavery and anti-racist book. She concluded this after observing a debate on Huck Finn by Bridgewater University students. Indeed, Huck Finn is an anti-racist book, and should be taught in schools. Firstly, it portrays Jim, a black slave, as an honorable man, arguably the only honorable man in the entire book. Secondly it compels students to think critically about the characters and ideas.
How come no one ever has the urge to stand up for them, to claim for what they deserve? Hank suggests that these humble men, “these poor ostensible freemen” (92), they have no idea what freedom really means. They’ve never experienced such freedom comparable to what Hank did in the modern world. In their naive and narrow mind, they believe the ways things are now are the ways they should be. When Hank mentioning the voting system to them in the modern world, they all seems to be confused.
He was a politician that would speak out about slavery but would still employ slaves for his own use. Thomas Jefferson always knew that slavery one day would end, but he made no efforts during his lifetime to accelerate the process. . His life seems to be a perfect example of hypocrisy. He believed African Americans were inferior to white’s people and thought the two races could not co-exist peacefully in freedom.
Their human rights were swept away and used as non-stop entertainers. “If I say something, why it's just a nigger sayin' it” says Crooks. This proves the fact that no one ever considered nothing that Crooks says, that he himself, seems to have developed a mind-set where he has begun to believe them. Even though he has had valuable education, his knowledge still wasn’t appreciated or considered to be a useful source of information. The whites strongly postulated that the blacks were of use for nothing.
This racial language is disgusting and should not be said by a young boy, but it goes to show that Ben has inherited some of his mother’s racism. On the other hand Daisy is extremely hurt and distressed by Ben’s language towards her. Her innocent mind cannot comprehend why Ben would say such a thing, even if he was purely influenced by his mother. Mrs Preedy is very involved in her son’s life and prevents him from making his own decisions because of her racial views. She made it impossible for him to become friends with Daisy only because of her coloured skin tone.
he often threatened to break her spirit or “kill [her] in the attempt.” In a perhaps less blunt way, Hurston’s mother showed that she too, had a fearful and negative outlook on the world. She knew that Hurston was impudent and prideful, but she didn’t want to hurt Hurston too badly in fear that she “would turn out to be a mealy-mouthed rag doll.” Hurston’s father had no problem pointing out the worst and bringing the future with a negative point of view. He often told Hurston of the events she was to encounter in the years to come. He would threaten her with the thought that “posses with ropes and guns were going to drag [her] out sooner or later” for her sassy tongue. Or that her “mama was going to suck sorrow for not beating [her] temper out” before it was too
Creon often seems to be full of himself in this play. He made the choice not bury Polyneices because Creon saw him as a traitor. When Polyneices’ family heard of this they were enraged, especially his sister Antigone. Creon will not let a lower authority tell him what is right or not. He feels that his laws are above that of any other.
The black community has suffered far too long and they should hold themselves on a higher pedestal, but not so high that they in turn start to act in the way the whites treated them not too long ago. Baldwin is invited by Elijah Muhammad to dinner at his house a member of the Islamic group states “The white man sure is a devil” (Baldwin, 65). The word devil is such a mean, evil spirited word. The lowest thing any man would want to be heard called and compared to. Baldwin doesn’t agree the white man is the devil, but “according to Elijah, that [he] failed to realize that the white man was a devil was that [he] had been too long exposed to white teaching and had never received true instruction” (Baldwin, 66).
He was repulsed even though the man had actually moved home because he knew he was dying. Even though Jerry was raised in a small, conservative community Jerry’s comments were what was repulsing. The hard headed, pea brained Jerry could not understand that homosexuals are everywhere, even in 1987. The only difference is that today we do not feel the need to hide as much, though obviously there are still places where today I wouldn’t vocalize the point that I’m gay. But In 1987 gay marriage was not being thought of, there was no place in America where homosexuals could marry, this gave Jerry more ease in being adamantly opposed to this AIDS positive homosexual who moved home to die.