In Larson’s novels Quicksand and Passing, both novels deal with the characters act for passing, and how both African American women live their lives, and where there place is in society. In the novel Quicksand, Helga’s self-satisfaction is impossible to satisfy. Helga felt isolated after being around Negroes for too long. Helga was confused about her life, she wanted to get out of her normal surroundings and move to another city. Helga deciding that she wants to leave Naxos she was upset with the racists remarks and wasn’t happy as a teacher.
Another challenge for women is how they are denigrated in the media and by men. One greatest abuse against women is the violence that still exists in the world. Women are currently being mistreated in many different ways in society. In their everyday lives, women are subjected to discrimination due to being a woman. In many work places, women are disadvantaged because they are not being selected for advancement in jobs.
Her grandmother continues by saying black women are “de mules uh de world so fur as Ah can see” (Hurston 14). Janie’s Grandmother exposes the truth that black women have a truly unique perspective. African-American women struggle with both racism and sexism. At this point in the story, her grandmother was urging to Janie to settle with a secure husband instead of chasing after men on here own. Janie’s grandmother believes it is very difficult to succeed alone as a black woman, and she wants Janie to live a good life.
Society defines the right and wrong for us, thereby limiting the choices we have to express ourselves. Society decides what position we must acquire to be seen as respectful, thereby forcing us to achieve that and only that. Conversely, if one chooses to express themselves in a different, unexpected manner it leads to an uproar on the society’s behalf. People were being bullied or judged on their character by the communities they belong to. Sandra is a young girl with dark skin who is born to white parents and it is because of her skin colour.
Melinda thought there was something wrong with her, like she was useless. She had a lot of trouble making friends and when she did make a friend her depression drove them away. Melinda's depression even caused her to cut herself and contemplate committing suicide. Melinda's depression could have been avoided if she had learned to overcome her past earlier. Next, if you don't overcome your past, you will never be able to get on with your life.
She learns and very closely follows the norms, specific rules of behavior, such as using sister, m’am, miss, ect. in front of an adults name. Maya thinks she is ugly and feels that she doesn’t belong. She feels defined by her ascribed status (Ch 4, pg 90), being a black child and her role expectations (Ch 4, pg 76), what the rest of the black, as well as the white community, expects of her. De facto segregation, which our text defines on page 326 as segregation created and maintained by unwritten norms, is so dominate in Stamps, when Maya was young she felt white people couldn’t be real.
In addition, many Caucasians including the female protagonists in both texts felt some kind of racial guilt for what transpired in the past. In Disgrace and A Blade of Grass the female characters who reflect this racial guilt experience a loss, which leads to a tense friendship with a black African character that is resolved only to a degree by the novel’s conclusion. Firstly, Marit in A Blade of Grass and Lucy in Disgrace feel racial guilt and experience a loss. To begin, Marit believes that “blacks deserve fair treatment and are not receiving it” (Desoto, 276), and Lucy recounts a story where “blacks were beaten and evicted from their homes” which is “inhumane” (Coetzee, 124). In addition, both characters endure a loss: Marit’s husband, Ben, is killed by a land mine that he runs over while driving, and Lucy is raped by several black African males.
What we see in the short story is not racism, because Mrs. Wilson is just a women with and ignorance which makes her prejudiced. She has the most wrong way to judge people. She assumes that his father had to work hard in order to feed the family, and that he cannot work in the company with a high status. She connects every black people with poverty, and look at them as stereotypes. “After you my dear Alphonse” is written ironic because we hear Johnny say to Boyd “After you my dear Alphonse”, but Mrs. Wilson thinks that all black people are poor and underfed, so it should be Boyd, who say it to Johnny.
This is not an isolated situation, but a constant and recognizably unchanging event that was part of life for a black person during the 1950's. This kind of racism became such a common occurrence that soon the victims began to believe that the insults were true. Geraldine's family is an example of such hatred, as she shapes her life, family, and son to reject their heritage; the color of their skin and accept inferiority. Geraldine molds her son's views by telling him only to play with "White kids; his mother did not like him to play with niggers. She had explained to him the difference between colored people and niggers.
He himself is living by the money what gets form social welfare but compels Kam to give up her waitress job because the age gap between them make Lee constantly suspected his wife is unfaithful. All these make Lee gradually depressive and irascible. He eventually batter and rape Kam, until Kam be conscious of his husband will directly threatens her and children’s life. After once she expelled by Lee, she goes to find district council asks for help and be arranged to enter a hostel for women with her children. However, the social workers are not really helpful and do not realize how harsh of situation the family is in.