Ralph Ellison uses motifs and symbolism to show the struggle for independence that the narrator faces due to segregation between blacks and whites. First, Ellison uses motifs to show the reader the complexity of the segregation between the two races throughout the story. One of the motifs used throughout Invisible Man is the use of the colors black and white. Anything that was white throughout the story was considered to be pure and superior, while the color black was used to describe filth and people who were to be looked down upon. After the narrator arrives in New York he is recommended a job at the paint factory where he notices severe amounts of segregation.
Essex Hemphill’s XXIV In many of his writings, Essex Hemphill described the double alienation of being both an African American and a homosexual male in America. In his short poem XXIV, from his 1986 publication of his works, the aggressive but true manner in which he presents this taboo subject is no different. When first reading this poem I wasn’t quite sure what he was talking about. I could tell that if was homosexual in nature just from reading the background of the writer and the first and last couple lines in the poem. “In America I place my ring on your cock where it belongs.” And “In America place your ring on my cock where it belongs.” In my opinion this is kind of like a reference to a wedding ceremony where the wedding bands are exchanged.
Mohsin Hamid actively involves the reader in his novel. How does he do this? The Reluctant Fundamentalist, written by Mohsin Hamid, 2007, displays the cultural and social differences in a time shaped with terrorism. It follows the protagonist, Changez, who finds himself alienated from his American life, while being victim of unprecedented prejudice. The novel is displayed in a frame narrative technique using an extended monologue directed towards Changez’s newly met acquaintance known only to the reader as ‘the American’.
Ashley Bonneau Dr. Melanie McBride ENG 200 May 13 2012 Dear Dr. McBride, I have chosen to use the social topics in Ishmael Reed’s “The C Above High C” for my essay this week. I have chosen this topic due to the strong racial differences that can be seen between the characters in this play. I have decided to use the two main characters Louis Armstrong and Dwight D. Eisenhower as my main focus for racial differences. I feel that both these men are the strongest example of how a white man and a black man are viewed and treated differently in the 1950s. I tend to struggle with analyzing drama because many of the supporting elemental details are not present.
A People’s History of the United States: Reflection Chapter 17 “Or Does It Explode?” Zinn makes it very clear that the focus of this chapter is on movements, protests, and attempts made by African Americans in the 1950s to gain equality. He opens with a powerful poem by one of the most widely-recognized poets in history. The poem, by Langston Hughes, is called “Lenox Avenue Mural”. It reads, “What happens to a dream deferred?/Does it dry up/like a raisin in the sun?/Or fester like a sore—/And then run?/Does it stink like rotten meat?/Or crust and sugar over—/like a syrupy sweet?/Maybe it just sags like a heavy load./Or does it explode?” (Zinn 443). It makes it obvious that the poem is about the dream of blacks, being treated as equals, and the struggle to fulfill that dream.
Their Eyes Were Watching God and Black Boy are extremely different novels. When one is about the struggles a woman faces trying to find a man who truly loves her for herself, the other is about a young boy who faces many harsh events due to segregation. One reason might be because he wanted us to view the different types of books that African American writers wrote during those terrible events. Also, it might be due to the fact that both, Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright viewed the white
The Columbian Orator, a collection of political essays, poems, and dialogues, was widely used in American in the first quarter of the nineteenth century to teach reading and speaking. Of all the pieces in The Columbian Orator, Douglass focuses on the master‑slave dialogue and the speech on behalf of Catholic emancipation. “They gave tongue to interesting thoughts of my own soul, which had frequently flashed through my mind, and died away for want of utterance. The moral which I gained from the dialogue was the power of truth over the conscience over a slaveholder” (50). These pieces help Douglass to understand why slavery is wrong, both philosophically and politically.
4/11/13 Equal Discrimination In the novel Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison, the main character of the book, simply named "the narrator", encounters a plethora of people that leave a significant impact on the narrator's life. In particular, the narrator's encounter with three women in the story do just that, and each encounter is significant in that they each enhance the overall meaning of the novel that blacks during the time of the Harlem Renaissance were viewed as nothing more than objects. In the very first chapter of Invisible Man, the narrator has a rather awkward encounter with a white woman. During this part of the novel, the narrator and many other blacks are being forced to partake in a battle royale; but before they begin, they encounter "a magnificent blonde-stark naked" (19). Needless to say, many people,
Allusion- The Ghoul-haunted ghostland of Weir: Line from Edgar Allan Poe's 1847 poem "Ulalume," in which the speaker of the poem is attempting to cope with the loss of his love. While looking out a window, Blanche speaks this line, indicating that she is still coping with the loss of Allen Grey. The point of allusion in a story is to better help us understand the character’s fantasies and thoughts. Symbolism- Blanche's white suit symbolizes false purity and innocence with which Blanche masks her carnal desire and cloaks her past. The point of symbolism in the play is to explain that a simple and small item or thing can represent a huge experience or thought in the characters life.