With her flavorful diction, it’s clear why she favors this meal. She describes her meal as “…the lunch on this occasion began with soles, sunk in a deep dish, over which the college cook had spread a counterpane of the whitest cream…”. Wolf continues to dreamily dictate her meal with her creative descriptors and senses, “sharp and sweet”, “thin…but not hard”, “succulent”, “flushed yellow and flushed crimson”. The way she describes her meal, this is only her lunch, shows the pleasure she has, as if a 5 star chef had made it. However, she does not speak the same of the meal she “enjoyed” at the women’s university- to say the least.
Indeed, everyone in Maycomb County, whether they are black or white, is affected by racism, and sometimes all it takes to see it is a child. Calpurnia, the black maid in the Finch residence, has been greatly affected by racism. She must speak differently around white people than she does with black people because “It’s not necessary to tell all you know. It’s not ladylike…” (Lee, 126). White people have a greater education than black people, so Calpurnia must speak more distinctly while she works for the Finches.
To see any negative view of the slave-trade, the reader must turn to the perspective of Oroonoko. Through him the reader sees how horrible the treatment of slaves is and how inhuman the slave-trade is. It might escape me, but I do not recall any moment in the story where the narrator takes its upon herself to discuss the slave trade. It seems that in that way that she is disconnecting herself from any responsibility. One could immediately say that this is because of her position at the time.
Sykes did not keep it a secret when he went to see Bertha and the only thing Delia says about the affair is, “that ole snaggle-toothed black woman you runnin’ with ain’t commin’ heah to pile up on mah sweat and blood” (138). Although it may seem as though she is defeated and Sykes does as he pleases whether Delia likes it or not, I believe she shows her strength by protecting her home that she has worked so hard for. By “putting her foot down”, she is saying she does not care about his affair but he will not do it in her home. At the end of the story, I believe Delia receives the greatest empowerment by having the choice to save Sykes or let him die. I feel Hurston also implies karma at the end of the story when Sykes dies by a bite from the snake that he brought home in order to scare
The name “nigger” was used commonly as if it had no pejorative signification. Furthermore, when Tom Robinson is being interrogated by Atticus in court, Scout states with surprise that “… [his] manners were as good as Atticus’s” (260). Even if Scout is not racist herself, she is exposed to all sorts of opinions coming from racist people in Maycomb. Her affirmation shows that she has been influenced by other people’s sayings. The fact that she has been influenced means that other individuals believe not possible for a black person to share the same manners and values as them (black people’s manners and values were not as worthy as white people’s in Maycomb at the time).
She acts as a mother to Jem and Scout. The passage that occurs when Walter Cunningham is having dinner with the Finches really shows the motherly instinct in Calpurnia. “’But he’s gone and drowned his dinner in syrup,’ I protested, ‘He’s poured it all over – It was then that Calpurnia requested my presence in the kitchen. She was furious…’There’s some folks who don’t eat like us,’ she said, ‘but you ain’t called on to contradict ‘em at the table when they don’t. That boy’s you comp’ny and if he wants to eat the table cloth you let him, you hear?’” (32).
She felt the first two groups were more honorable in comparison to the last two. The concept of socioeconomic status is very evident in her approach. McDougald points out that the “superficial critics who have had contact only with the lower grades of Negro women, claim that they are more immoral than the other groups of women.” Just because a woman doesn’t go to college and maintain a career does not mean she is corrupted or shameful. This shallow view of women is the same view that some White Americans had of Black Americans. McDougald was participating in the torment of her own race and she did it with selfish reasons.
The quote “ I tried to see a friendly face in the mob” implies that she feels feeble and helpless as well as lonely. Elizabeth generally doesn’t seem to mention the feelings of the whites but just their actions, however, by analysing what Eckford is describing we can get a faint idea of their thoughts too. By shouting “lynch her!” refers to the fact that the whites are angry about de-segregation at their school and want her to leave them alone. They are being quite selfish towards her while being thoughtless and not thinking. Eckford finally recounts the actions that she saw on that day.
You rarely win, but sometimes you do” (149). He believes that she was the bravest person he ever knew. The black community respects Atticus Even despite that Tom Robinson was declared guilty, upon Atticus’s departure from the courtroom “All around us and in the balcony on the opposite wall, the Negroes were getting to their feet” and they stood with honor (283). The next day Calpurnia tells Atticus to come inside of the kitchen and to see what’s inside, “The kitchen table was loaded with enough food to bury the family: hunks of salt pork,
"What the sam hell are ya doing" Scout said when Walter Cunningham come to have lunch at the Finches house and poured syrup all over his food. Jean Louise "Scout" Finch, also gets a lot of the prejudice in Maycomb for being different, She doesn't dress like the other girls, She wears pants. "Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire. I could not possibly hope to be a lady if I wore breeches, when I said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn't supposed to be doing things that required pants" She doesn't criticise the finch family, in fact she "never let a chance escape her to point out the short-comings of the other tribal groups to the greater glory of the Finch family's own" There a many key themes in To Kill A Mockingbird. Racism, Growing up in those times.