Discuss, with quotations and close reference, how Steinbeck uses language, both spoken and descriptive, to create a variety of effects in “Of Mice and Men”. 5. Should one feel sympathy for Curley? In Curley, Steinbeck has painted a picture of a thoroughly unpleasant young man. Argue a case, using three (3 ) points, to show that it is possible for the reader to feel sorry for Curley, while still acknowledging his many faults.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee incorporates the theme, prejudice, to portray the feelings and thoughts that people had during the time period of the Great Depression; this was described in the Trial where Tom Robinson fought for his life. throughout the 1930's, most people were raised with prejudice beliefs in the South. Whites were taught from generations before them that african americans do not deserve respect. Therefore, it should not be brought to them. Most whites believed that African Americans were to do what they were told, by them.
Both authors illustrate the idea that because of oppression the victim develops a self-hatred that enforces a desire to change. Within The Bluest Eye, Morrison utilizes the Breedlove family as a prime example of people who desire to be anyone but themselves. Cholly, Pauline, Sammy and Pecola Breedlove have all experienced different devastating and painful moments in their life, but they all are unified by one idea: they are ugly. As the narrator explains, “you looked at them and wondered why they were so ugly; you looked closely and could not find the source. Then you realized that it came from conviction, their conviction.
“I am trapped on a desert of raw gunshot wounds and a dead child dragging his shattered back.”(934) Lorde is figuratively saying she is trapped on a desert to imply her feelings towards her surrounding society. At the time of the poem (1978) our country was dealing with racial injustices and civil right issues. Humanity, in this time, is being dominated by powerful white men and Lorde feels as though society will never grow under these conditions. “…without loyalty or reason…”(935) expresses the lack of vigilance the cop had for the value of life, and the courage the people should have had to fight for the death of an innocent child. The thirst she describes is one for justice.
He believed it was “a crime for anyone who is being brutalized to continue to accept that brutality without doing something to defend himself.” This corresponds with the second amendment in the United States Constitution: the right of individuals to keep and bear arms. Therefore, when someone is in an hostile environment, he or she can use violence a gun to defend or protect others. Also,“when the laws fails to protect Negroes from whites’ attack, then those Negroes should use arms, if necessary, to defend themselves.” During the 1960s, there were countless of Sibley 2 African American’s getting persecuted and lynched just because of their skin color. Nonviolence would not protect anyone when a member of the KKK, or other extreme racists, would come toward someone with murderous and homicidal
I will explore the contradictions in the way that David behaves towards and views women and his inability to reconcile himself to his daughter’s passive acceptance of her rape. Disgrace is set in the post apartheid period in South Africa, which as well as giving equal rights in respect of race, also introduced equal rights in respect of gender and sexual orientation in law. Violence increased in South Africa during this period and sexual violence was prevalent with young South African women likely to be raped twice in her lifetime. (Classic Notes on Disgrace - 2006). Disgrace illustrates, through David Lurie’s attitudes and actions and the rape of his daughter, that the reality for sex and gender relations was a long way from equality for women in South Africa.
The modern day novel and movie The Help shows many similarities that were portrayed in the classical novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Both The Help and To Kill a Mockingbird go into depth about the struggle humanity has been threw over the years. Although they both contain the same themes the way the authors create the situations and display the harsh reality of society’s make these two stories very different. During the depression prejudice was at its peak, with the Jim Crow laws and no rights for blacks it made it near impossible for the African American community to live a normal life. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird the rape trail of Tom Robinson vs Mayella Ewell, an African American man accused of raping a white teenage girl was held in a bias court room of Maycomb County.
And Walker has been accused of reinforcing racial stereotypes in her depiction of male black characters as abusive and violent.”(2) Yet, such as in the story there are controversies over how Walker expresses herself in the book there are purposes for her strong words and intense images. For Instance the story introduced itself with strong words and intense images: “Dear God, He acts like he can’t stand me no more. Say I’m evil an always up to no good. He took my other little baby, a boy this time. But I don’t think he kilt it.
Of Mice and Men Stereotypes Known for the Dustbowl, the Great Depression, prohibition, and the woman’s suffrage movement, the Roaring Twenties’ is a landmark in American History. The book Of Mice and Men gives us a dry, graphic flashback to what this era was all about. It exposes the prejudices that drive so many human interactions still to this day. John Steinbeck uses stereotypes to convey his message of what life was truly like in the twenties for the discriminated: women, mentally challenged, elderly, and African-Americans. Women’s role in society changed significantly, blacks were still suppressed, the mentally challenged were thought worthless and easily manipulated, and the elderly were seen as decrepit and useless souls.
He is almost completely shunned from the town because he is trying to help a black man accused of rape. Mayella had told Tom, “I said come here, nigger, and bust up this chiffarobe for me, I gotta nickel for you.” (p.241) She had tricked him to coming over to her. Then that’s about the time when she accuses him of rape. He had felt sorry for her, which is why he was falsely accused in the first place. Courthouse segregation was one of the biggest bits of racism I found in this book.