19 Jan 2010

Sample Essay: Diversity in Society – "Crash"

Diversity and discrimination have forever been an indispensable component of human nature. Whether we move back to the hard times of the Great Depression or come to the modern day’s society, we find a strong reflection of racialism everywhere. These aspects have been well reflected in the movie ‘Crash’. The movie ‘Crash’, released in 2005 was directed by Paul Haggis and written by Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco and won three Academy awards.

The movie revolves mainly around the overlapping or interlocking events in the life of whites and blacks, rich and poor, cops and criminals, Iranians, Koreans and Latinos – everything defined ultimately by racism. The idea is that “moving at the speed of life, we are bound to collide with each other”.  It is based on everyday racial reactions in the human society. How we react to situations adds hue to our perceptions of living life itself. All the people involved are guilty of the discrimination but sometimes through indifference, they rise above these. Assuming something about the person before us is rather a dominant feature in Crash. Crash describes a number of people with almost equal importance and shows the psychological inhibitions each of them has based on these narrowness of discrimination. The movie contains coldness, cruelty and pain, but finally unfolds to generate sympathy from general audience and an expectation that people would learn to share similar hopes and fears.

As far as Crash is concerned, the symbolism revolves around that of the idea of a traffic crash or may be just a crash of lives of different people, coming from various layers of the society. The film begins on the aftermath of a traffic accident, which finally turns out into a clash between several people of different backgrounds. The truth that is highlighted here is that the people in the society ultimately do not like one another and make hard assumptions about people from their outward appearances even if we do not know them. This aspect is reflected in both the films. Two young black men enacted by rap star Chris Bridges and Larenz Tate, who holds lot of surprises and relief for us, emerge from the restaurant and complains that the waitress did not deliver a proper service since they were black and “black people don’t tip”. Then a white couple, Sandra Bullock and Brendon Fraser emerged and the woman by instinct takes his arm. The men discuss that, “If anybody needs to be scared around here, it’s us – surrounded by a bunch of over-caffeinated white people and the trigger-happy LAPD.”

Just like Sandra Bullock’s electrifying performance, Matt Dillon also grows out from his boyish framework to a racist cop. Dillon thinks that a light skinned black woman (Thandie Newton) is white. This again reveals the superficiality of the thoughts and orientation of human minds. Matt Dillon gives one of the strongest performance as he reflects through his role, a certain frustration or wrath over his inability to save his father’s life. He orders for an unnecessary traffic stop as he discovers the black TV director (Terrence Dashon Howard) and his light skinned wife being intimate in the car while driving. He humiliates the woman with a body search and the director cannot do anything due to the guns possessed by Dillon and his companion. The irony comes out as both these cops finally ends up helping this couple. This is similar to a parable where people learn through their own actions.

As we may conclude from the name itself, there was a section of the marketing tactics that during the seminar the do not have surprises. The person talks bout medical transcript. The collinear suggestion were two, Paul Haggis would like to do the film of the balder head and hence. When thee is a difficult composition have protect. The film takes place in the city of Los Angeles, which comprises of fast moving people who also think in an advanced manner. There is speed in the movie especially in the frequency of changes in the movements of the characters. The film is vivid in terms of casting a diverse group of people who collide or “crash” into one another. The way one acts and speaks may affect many around them. Racial stereotypes play a large part in the story. The story of Crash is a collision between people, attitudes, stereotypes, traditions and finally, audience expectations.

Although there are enough signs of prejudice, the performers have been matured and professional in their performances. It is a story of stereotypes was what every man thinks of the other matters a lot and influences the others. Strong language and racist epithets are use dint he poet. The characters keep on surprising themselves and also the audience. There is backward and forward movement amongst the characters as well as time. It puts together several small anecdotes and characters and leaves more scope for us to analyze and conclude. For instance when we find a black woman looking at her white boss while he talks to his wife signifies that they share a relation beyond that of an employee and employer.

Some daughters of immigrants makes their appearance in the later part of the movie and there movements showed that although racism is present in US it is also a land of opportunities. There seems to be a three-dimensional characteristics in the characters played. A white female does not trust the person who was coming to change his locks after a car hijack because she thinks he looks like a gang star.

After seeing the movie one can relate this with his or her day-to-day experiences in the context of racism. More harsh words and context have taken place. The movie also has some sexual situations, violence and undignified attack. There are confrontations, alcoholism, corruption and children at danger, which is the main part. Who were the actual losers and who gained through this, both need to be thought over. There is too much interplay of characters. It draws upon the intercultural diversity and evokes sympathy at some point of time.

There are people in the society who are victimized and shunned by us, yet if we get to know them closer they might not appear as dangerous or repulsive as they do from a distance. Hence, it is an undesirable human act to jump to any conclusion about anyone, based on any assumptions. Even such assumptions are usually based on race and classes, which is again a mistake. Every weak section requires our sympathy and understanding. Also, everyone has something or the other to teach us. Hence the society needs to look beyond superficial views and try not to judge anyone before careful observation and judgment. The movie Crash shows us that when we collide with other people’s lives, it generates some reactions (both positive and negative), which make us realize that the world is bigger than our own lives and ourselves. It stresses on the social changes and ethnic diversity of America that has made it almost impossible to guess people’s nationality. The movie attempts to end in an optimistic note and points to the need of proper education.

Reference

Crash, Dir. Paul Haggis. Based on book by Paul Haggis, Perf. Sandra Bullock and Matt Dillon., 2005

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17 Oct 2009

Sample Essay: Methology and/or The Hero's Journey

Campbell delves into the theory that significant myths from all-around the world which have continued to exist for years all impart an essential organization, which Campbell called the monomyth.In a familiar quote from the prologue to The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Campbell abridged the monomyth as : “A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder : fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”( Campbell 23)

Campbell illustrates several phases or steps down this voyage. The male protagonist starts in the run of the mill, and hears a call to cross the threshold and get into an extraordinary world of perplexing powers and actions .If the hero acknowledges the call to go into this weird and wonderful world, the hero must confront responsibilities and misery, and may have to cope with these distresses single-handedly, or may have aid. The hero must endure a relentless trial, time and again with assistance got down the journey.

However, if the hero lives to tell the tale, he may accomplish a grand bequest .This may be the goal or boon, which often results in vital information. The protagonist must then resolve whether he should come back with this boon. This would be his coming back to the mundane world, time and again confronting obstacles on the homecoming trip. If the hero is victorious in returning, the boon or gift may be exploited to develop the world.

The author of “Assata”, Assata Shakur in reality is JoAnne Chesimard; the Black Panther. She is constrained by a Negro’s life during the late 1960s and early 1970s. In, Assata she puts in writing regarding her living as a Negro in the 20’s, and the desire to transform social, political, and ethnicity of the prevailing society. This marks the initiation of her fight against racism. Shakur tactfully worked with the slave narrating “genre” to describe the social and moral matters of the time from the perspective of a clean hearted little black girl.   She brings into light the disgrace and hideousness of racism. For this kind of her behavior, she has been also long criticized for her more moderate representation of the extents of social illness of the time. Her communications with the white people are forever pessimistic. When a rather optimistic thing comes about, a depressing thing follows the writer is persistently jogging the reader’s memory that the white are appalling. This is yet another slave narrative “genre” with an unvarying reminder of white people being awful mentioned over and over again.

Although Shakur wrote several years after the end of the emancipation proclamation and the civil war, America still struggled to emerge out cleanly out of the disgraces of racism and the aftermaths of slavery. When she began writing, race relations were beginning to withstand new strains, trapped now in a cleverer and more civilized white society. These new forces were more social and personal than official. The book, “Assata”, consists of persuasive pictures of her growing up in the 50’s. These suggestive passages structure barely a minute segment of Shakur’s narrative, regrettably; the rest is mostly an expanse in which subsequently to nothing is exposed. This new form of racism in the south was less institutionalized and monolithic but at the same time was more difficult to resolve or combat. We get to see Shakur’s fleeing from home to work in unpleasant Greenwich Village bars, and to finish becoming radicalized at Manhattan Community College during the mid-60. This may be marked as the departure stage in Shakur’s life.The white society although outlawed slavery and racism, most certainly due to growing ethical, moral and international pressures, was beginning to learn to adopt a more hypocritical, self-defensive reason to hate the newly freed blacks, to keep them away.
Shakur employs a predisposed analysis to manipulate the mind and heart of the reader.

This new tactic, intoxicated with the velvety diplomacies of pity, care and tolerance, made things even worse for the blacks. In the book, Shakur speaks of the disgraces of racism and the immoralities of slavery with a most light hearted and moderate appeal. Very rightly, she criticizes the aspects of morality in terms of slavery, racism and other such critical social concerns.  In the eyes of a little young black girl having spent her childhood in Queens and Wilmington, N.C., we read Shakur’s depiction of a Negro’s life, as an allegorical representation of the plight of blacks in the United States even in the post-slavery time. He tactfully  exposes the duplicity of freedom, enfranchisement and equality, demonstrating how racism distorted the oppressors as much as it did those who were oppressed, yet in a most humorous and easy flow.

Shakur often says that  even while she does speak candidly regarding this congregation of identities, race, gender, and class oppression she  often does thus in an approach that exposes her as a  victim. for instance this formulates it into a complexity for white people to argue about  race,gender,class with no culpability, and it makes women, noticeable minorities. Eventually this makes talking about race, gender, class matter a substance, rather than receiving at what is actually significant.

The greater the power, the more dangerous is the abuse. The truth in the statement is well proved in her life. Shakur reveals the reality of life with constant struggle for the basic human rights among the blacks. Shakur wrote the book to show how political systems cannot govern society effectively without first taking into consideration the defects of human nature. The shortcomings of human nature are exemplified in her novel and she illustrates that men are innately vice.Shakur brings into light the hypocrisy and unnecessary diplomacy of the society of the time. Such a shaky sense of justice without a plinth of morality and pride, that the black boy repeatedly encounters, has been efficiently illuminated. Clearly, she pities the society of the period, a surrounding marked by cowardice and selfishness and devoid of free and logical thinking. On the contrary, the foremost procedure Shakur used in her book was sympathy. Sympathy is first used when Shakur leads a poverty stricken and constrained life.

The reader gets an emotion of distress for her and wants providential things to happen to him. Unfairness is exposed all the way through the novel.

All the while, the picture that the author shows of the black girl is that of a hero, a little young stubborn and disobedient girl with a clean heart and an honest soul. She presents herself as also a free logical thinker; a philosopher who defies the unnecessary assumptions and standards of the society of the period. She makes the reader to take the black girl as an honest and clear hearted character who shall never do any wrong or try to harm others intentionally. She is a great author who most beautifully incorporates life and its better and worse aspects into writing. The specialty of Shakur lied in her graceful interpretation of the society. However in a climatic twist, Shakur shifts from the narrative genre to a woman’s movement. This twist can be noted when her mother gets her daughter to visit her at the Clinton Correctional facility. She had been sent there from Alderson. When she tries to kiss her daughter, her face contorts with anger; she refuses to accept her as her mother. A mother is the primary care giver of a child but when she is suspected of criminal activity, especially by her own child, she is shattered. Motherhood is thus invoked in the narrative “Assata”. Thus Shakur works with the slave narrative “genre” nevertheless quits and shifts into a mother’s movement. This marks the return in Shakur’s journey.

As a young left out slave girl, Shakur makes a heroic journey those years, even in the 19th century when the world was a difficult place to life for those whose skins were black and those unfortunately born as slaves.

Hence Shakur’s life includes all of these phases. These phases may be structured in different methods together with splitting up into three segments: Departure, Initiation and Return, in accordance with Campbell’s significant myths.

WORKS CITED

Campbell, Joseph. The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1968. California: New World Library, 2008.

Shakur, Assata: Assata: An Autobiography, Lawrence Hill Books, 1987.

12 Jul 2009

Essays on Absalom, Absalom!

The story of “Absalom, Absalom!” takes place during the era from 1833 to 1909.  It is the chronicle of the Stupen family of Jefferson, Mississippi, the patriarch of which is Thomas Stupen who arrives in Jefferson in 1833, arriving with a French architect and several slaves.  Thomas ends up marrying the daughter of a local merchant who gives birth to a son and a daughter.  The children grow in uncultivated northern Mississippi countryside.  Thomas’ son, Henry, goes off to college where he meets a debonair student, Charles Bon, with the two becoming fast friends.  When Henry brings Charles home for Christmas, Charles seems to fall madly in love with Henry’s sister, Judith.  Thomas comes to realize that Charles is his own son from a prior marriage.  When Thomas tries to warn Henry, Henry believes his father is lying to him and leaves with Charles.

After Henry and Charles serve in the Confederate Army, Henry returns home and is told the whole truth about Charles, including the fact that Charles was given birth by a woman who was part black.  This information causes Henry to turn on Charles and when Charles returns to marry Judith, Henry murders him in front of the plantation gates.  Years later, Henry is murdered himself by a half-sister who was born of one of Thomas’ black slaves.

  • The story’s presentation was considered innovative when it was written.  Presented as a series of flashbacks as the events were related by different people telling the character Quentin Compson the details they were individually aware of, the story follows Quentin’s efforts to learn more about the history of the Stupen.    As each person relates their knowledge to this twenty year old college student, the dynamics of the tale come into focus. Describe the strengths and weaknesses of this approach and how effectively the approach was used in the novel
    The novel covers several controversial topics, including divorce, incest, racism and slavery.  Select one of these topics and discuss how the story presented the topic, how the topic itself affected the flow and outcome of the story and how these views have changed over the years in our society.

To piece together the puzzle of “Absalom, Absalom!” takes particular talent that many students lack.    The intricacies of its presentation give many students difficulty.  The novel’s name itself even holds somewhat hidden significance with the name Absalom coming from the Hebrew language, meaning “Father” or “Leader of,” giving a hidden hint of the novel’s nature.  Our skilled writers are available to assist in development of essays on this and many other literary novels.  Contact us today and let us assist you in the writing of your next essay assignment.

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Essays on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain’s (Samuel Clemens) second book about young boys growing up and the adventures they have along the way, is the sequel to his previous classic, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  Published in 1883, Huckleberry Finn picks up where Tom Sawyer left off.  Sharing many of the main characters, Huckleberry Finn continues Twain’s exploration of young men coming of age, learning the hard lessons of life during the era prior to the civil war.

Huckleberry Finn, being Tom Sawyer’s best friend, was no less precocious than Tom was, at least at first.  Hearing of Huck and Tom’s good fortune (the money recovered from Injun Joe during the first book), Huck’s estranged father, Pap Finn, returns to town, demanding custody of Huck and his money.  A well-intentioned but misguided judge grants the demand and even takes Pap into his own home, hoping to reform Pap’s drunken ways.  Needless to say, this arrangement does not last long, leading to conditions that prompt Huck to fake his own death.

Through a series of adventures exposing the issues of racism and fraudsters, Huck learns many hard lessons about the society in which he lives and like his friend Tom, proves his own courage and honor in the manner in which he handles each challenge.

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has drawn scathing criticism over the years due to its use of the term “nigger,” being seen as insulting to African-American citizens.  Analyze this issue from the context of justice, reflecting on the appropriateness of applying modern day values to historic works such has Huckleberry Finn.
  • Compare and contrast the characters of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.  In what ways are the two boys alike?  In what ways are they different?  How do these similarities and differences affect the interaction of the two boys in the books?

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22 Jun 2009

Sample Essay: Racism In

Maya Angelou has a life full of insults heaped on her by racist whites. She had a childhoodwhich was marred and scarred by incidences of racism, and later on in life she was pursued bythe many headed hydra of racism too. Her childhood was full of insults from angry racist whites.As a child Maya and her brother ripped the stuffing out the white doll her mother had sent her.

This shows the extreme anger and disappointment that Maya Angelou had with the attitude andprejudices of the racist whites even as a child. It is only due to her brilliance and hard workthat she rose to a position of prominence and fame in this white dominated society. She roseabove petty racism to heights of emancipation unimaginable. Even later on in life she was pursued by the monster known as racism. Her family disapproved of her marriage to Tosh Angelos, a white man who she eventually divorced. Yet Maya Angelou did not let that put her down. She rose up into the sky like a beacon of light for all the world to see and admire. Maya Angelou was born to the name of Marguerite Johnson on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri.

When Maya Angelou was the tender age of three her parents divorced and she had to live with her grandmother. Within a few years she was shifted back to her mother. Her mother was a dancer in a bar and taught Maya Angelou how to dance. During this portion of her life she experienced the multifarious and negative effects of segregation for herself.At the age of 16

Maya Angelou became pregnant and gave birth to a son she named Clyde. After graduation fromhigh school Maya Angelou did not go to college as she wanted to take care of her son. Duringthis period in our history it was very difficult for a black to find a job. Maya Angelou had the double disadvantage as she was black and also a woman. She managed through sheer perseverance and hard work to find a job and became the first black streetcar conductor in San Francisco. Maya Angelou was inspired by black jazz musicians. She had the feeling that if they could become famous then she could get fame through the same route. She got jobs as a dancer and singer and finally became an actress. Maya Angelou starred in many plays and eventually became famous. Maya Angelou also started writing plays and also wrote a play to raise money for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. This was an organization which supported the rights if African Americans. It was through this organization that Maya Angelou met Martin Luther king. He was very awe inspiring and wonderful person. During this time the coordinator of Southern Christian Leadership Conference left and Maya Angelou got the honor of replacing him as coordinator.

After the passage of some time Maya Angelou moved to Africa as she thought that she would find a home there because her own ancestors had come from this land. However this did not work out and she got homesick and moved back to her true home, our own great and lovely USA. Maya Angelou now became a writer. Maya Angelou has been at different times a dancer, actress, singer, author, and poet. It has been hard work for a black female to make it to the very top but Maya Angelou reached the apex of greatness. Her work too reflects her constant struggle against inclement odds.

Life’s Journey

Along the dark and dreary road,

A young girl walked

From childhood Maya has experienced the horror of racism. I Know Why the Caged Bird sings is the autobiography of Maya Angelou. After the divorce of her parents Maya Angelou and her elder brother are sent to live with their grandmother in a small town in Arkansas. She comes to hate herself for being black. The world Maya Angelou sees through her eyes at this stage isdominated by the whites. She wants to be a white too in this white dominated world. At the age of eight she again goes to live with her mother in her mother in St. Louis. Here she gets sexually abused by her mother boy friend and gets scarred for life. She even loses her voice and becomes mute. Finally when Maya Angelou becomes aware of racial prejudice and religious hypocrisy she starts getting her voice back.

Maya Angelou hates racists. She herself has experienced racism and has come to hate the evil of racism. I will not sit in a group of black friends and hear racial pejoratives against whites. I will not hear “honky.” I will not hear “Jap.” I will not hear “kike.” I will not hear “greaser.” I will not hear “dago.” I will not hear it. As soon as I hear it, I say, “Excuse me, I have to leave. Sorry.” Or if it’s in my home, I say, “You have to leave. I can’t have that. That is poison, and I know it is poison, and you’re smearing it on me. I will not have it. This shows that not even in childhood alone but even in her mature years Maya Angelou is faced by the problem of racism. When we experience something first hand we come to recognize it under any garb and understand it as soon as we see it. Racism in any way is abhorrent to Maya Angelou, be it against the whites, the Latin’s or the Japanese. She belongs to the ages. She is not just confined to the here and now but to eternity. She is not just an American. She belongs to the world in her beauty and innocence. Her message is for the whole world.  According to Maya Angelou when we talk about racism we are not just talking about acts against blacks. We are talking about vulgarities against any human being because of her — his — race. This is vulgar. That is what it is, whether it is anti-Asian, whether it is the use of racial prejudices about Jews, about Japanese, about Native Americans, about blacks, about Irish, it is stupid, because what it is really is it is poison.It poisons the spirit, the human spirit. I know there are blacks who say, “I can use the N-word because I mean it endearingly.” I don’t believe that. I believe it is vulgar and dangerous, given from any mouth to any ear. I know that if poison is in a vial which says P-O-I-S-O-N and has a skull and the cross bones, that it is poison. But if you pour the same thing into Bavarian crystal it is still poison. So I think racism is vulgar any way you cut it.This is what racism means to Maya Angelou. It is vulgarity incarnate. She does not hold with it in any sense or manner. Not even as a joke. We see that she is deeply wounded and scarred by the racists. She is not even ready to accept the N-word even endearingly. This shows a whole life spent facing the disastrous effects of rampant racism. When we look at her work like the A Christmas poem we are again faced with the response to racism. It seems all her work is largely driven by her response to racism she encountered in her life.  In this beautiful, deeply moving poem, Maya Angelou inspires us to embrace the peace and promise of Christmas, so that hope and love can once again light up our holidays and the world. Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers, look heavenward, she writes, and speak the word aloud. Peace. In Hallelujah! The Welcome Table Angelou tells us about the time she was expelled from school for being afraid to speak-this again leads us to the conclusion that her whole work and style is a counter to racism. Her mother baked a delicious maple cake to brighten her spirits. She gives us her recipe for short ribs along with a story about a job she had as a cook at a Creole restaurant (never mind that she didn’t know how to cook and had no idea what Creole food might entail).again and again in her work we come up against the deleterious effect racism has on an innocent girl. She is like a butterfly fluttering in anguish in a cruel world of racism. There was the time in London when she attended a wretched dinner party full of wretched people; but all wasn’t lost-she did experience her initial taste of a savory onion tart. A Song Flung Up to Heaven opens as Maya Angelou returns from Africa to the United States to work with Malcolm X. Malcolm X got assassinated and Maya Angelou was heart broken at this outrage flung on the world by fate. After this she tries to put her life back together but she is again jolted by the assassination of King who had previously asked her to become his coordinator in the north. Maya Angelou completely withdrew from life at this stage. She feels that she is unable to deal with this horrible event. Finally, James Baldwin forces her out of isolation and insists that she accompany him to a dinner party – where the idea for writing I

Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is born. In fact, A Song Flung Up to Heaven ends as Maya Angelou begins to write the first sentences of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.In The Heart of a Woman we again deal with Maya Angelou’s response to racism. She becomes the Northern Coordinator for Martin Luther. It is filled with Maya Angelou’s eloquent prose – her fondest dreams, deepest disappointments. It has got famous characters, from Billie Holiday to Malcolm X. As we go on reading the work of Maya Angelou we are again and again struck by the fact that her whole life is a response to racism. This is the story of most African Americans who make their way up the ladder of fame. In Even the Stars Look Lonesome Maya Angelou talks about Africa. She gives us a profile of Oprah. She shares with us the indelible lessons she has learned about rage and violence. Maya Angelou’s life is awe inspiring. As we learn about her childhood and move up the years with her to her maturity we are left breathless at the sheer beauty and tenacity of this great woman. She has learned to deal with racism and given it a fitting response. She is a model for us all. In All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes Maya goes to Ghana, where she joins a community of black Americans. Maya Angelou also explores what it means to be African-American on the mother continent. Where color no longer matters.

This work again reveals the response of Maya Angelou to racism. In a world full of cowards she is a clarion call towards bravery and conviction to the ideals of humanity.

Shadows on the wall

Noises down the hall

Life doesn’t frighten me at all

In all her poems and works we see her bravery reflected. In Diversity Makes for a Rich Tapestry written by Donna Brown Agins Maya Angelou says I speak to the black experience, but I am always talking about the human condition. From her childhood she learnt how to respond to racism. As she says in   p. 254 of Caged Bird, After a month my thinking processes had so changed that I was hardly recognizable to myself. The unquestioning acceptance of my peers had dislodged the familiar insecurity…After hunting down unbroken bottles and selling them with a white girl from Missouri, a Mexican girl from Los Angeles and a Black girl from Okalahoma, I was never again to sense myself so solidly outside the pale of the human race. The lack of criticism evidenced by our ad hoc community influenced me, and set a tone of tolerance in my life.

Maya Angelou herself says that it takes time and courage to fight racism. It doesn’t happen in a day or even a month. It takes years of devotion to your ideals and purity of thoughts to attain the level where you are able to say no to racism. She says  Now, it’s not an easy thing. And one doesn’t all of a sudden sort of blossom into somebody who’s courageous enough to say that. But you do start little by little. And you sit in a room, and somebody says — if you’re all white, and somebody says, “Well, the niggers — ” You may not have the courage right then, but you say, “Whooh! My goodness! It’s already eight o’clock. I have to go,” and leave. Little by little, you develop courage. You sit in a room, and somebody says, “Well, you know what the Japs did then, and what they’re doing now.” Say, “Mm-hmm! I have to go. My goodness! It’s already six o’clock.” Leave. Continue to build the courage. Sooner or later, you’ll be able to say out loud, “Just a minute. I defend that person. I will not have gay bashing, lesbian bashing. Not in my company. I will not do it.

Maya Angelou thinks that humanity transcends all barriers of color or religion. Shebelieves in humanity and the equality of all humans. Through the crucible of a life spent in painand torment caused by rampant racism she emerges as a voice of reason and sanity in ourtroubled world. She says It is of particular interest to see the men who have been important inour struggle; that is, when one looks at Dr. King, a preacher; and Andrew Young, a preacher; and Jesse Jackson, a preacher; and Malcolm X, a preacher; or Louis Farrakhan, a preacher, to see that as a people we tend to be religious, whether we are following Buddha, or in some cases are black Jews or Muslims or Christians or Shintoists for that matter. Martin Luther King, Jr. always said human beings are more alike than we are unalike. She writes of the triumph of the human spirit over hardship and adversity. Her voice speaks of healing and reconciliation, and she is a willing symbol for the American nation on the eve of the twenty-first century.                Frangoise Lionnet

Today Maya Angelou stands at the pinnacle of fame due to her honesty and courage. It is due to her humanistic response to racism that she has reached this apex of perfection. She is a human first and foremost and she firmly believes in the equality of all humans.She says I have accepted the fact that since this is my only life, and as far as I can be assured it is the only one I will ever know, I will not allow myself to be separated from one other human being because of that man or woman’s color, because of his or her persuasion, whether it is one with which I do not agree. I will fight against that one I do not agree with, but I will not be separated from his/her humanity.I must not, because if I do so I deny my own..

But, on a positive note

I’ve learned that no matter

what happens or how bad it

seems today, life does go on

and it will be better tomorrow.                To a Phenomenal Woman Maya Angelou

We see that Maya Angelou’s life has been profoundly influenced by racism. From a child to a mature woman of the world, Maya Angelou has had to face racism in many forms and in almost all her spheres of activity. She has automatically given the response of tolerance and humanism to this ugly monster. She has risen above the limitations placed on her by space and time and given a timeless message of hope to the future. Nothing could keep her down for long.

After every setback she shook herself and emerged from the fires of racism like a phoenix.I know what the caged bird feels.

Ah me, when the sun is bright on the upland slopes, when the wind blows soft through the springing grass and the river floats like a sheet of glass, when the first bird sings and the first bud ops, and the faint perfume from its chalice steals.

I know what the caged bird feels

Sympathy                        Sir Lawrence Dunbar

From all of the above it is safe to conclude that Maya Angelou’s life was filled with incidencesof racism yet she rose to a height of greatness and fame only due her perseverance and nobility of character and the beauty of humanism that lies within her.

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17 Mar 2009

Book Reviews on To Kill A Mocking Bird

Book Reviews on To Kill a Mocking Bird reflects on a time where racism was a common theme in society. Harper Lee’s novel was set in the South during the Great Depression. This book critically challenges the issues of rape, racism, class disparity, economic destabilization, unfair justice, and gender role reversal. A young girl, Scout, narrated the story through her own personal perception. Scout’s father, Atticus Finch, was a small town lawyer that defended an African American man – Tom – for a rape that he was falsely accused and persecuted for. Students have the luxury to read, write and analyze the American South in the 1930’s.

Book Reviews on To Kill a Mocking Bird encourages a student to conduct research on diverse issues such as racism, gender role reversal, class and legal disparity, rape, and economic destabilization. Once a student locates a theme, they must develop an outline. Book Reviews on To Kill a Mocking Bird requires an outline to ensure that students focus on the issue. As with every novel, one must analyze the theme with a mindset that reflects Americans in the 1930’s. There is a vast difference in modern American society than that of the past. Don’t quote the author’s content just to fill space; look for content that supports the theme and focus on why certain events take place.

When writing Book Reviews on To Kill a Mocking Bird, students’ should ask questions about the setting, public opinion and the time period. Why do people treat other differently? What role did inequality play in society? How did the legal system operate? Racism was a highly critical issue during the 1930’s. In Plessy v. Ferguson of 1896, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of segregation – the decision to implement the separate but equal mandate. The Great Depression affected all Americans equally. Economic destabilization evaporated personal fortunes and caused mass hysteria. The body of Book Reviews on To Kill a Mocking Bird consists of personal analysis. The author provides evidence that supports the time period.

In retrospect, Book Reviews on To Kill a Mocking Bird reflected a time period that challenged public opinion, problems, legal system and racism. Atticus was a widowed father that raised two children on his own. During 1930’s America, wives were considered the homemaker while husbands represented the breadwinner. Gender role reversals were not dealt with until the early 1970’s. Book Reviews on To Kill a Mocking Bird encourage students to imagine the story through the eyes of the author. There are many issues that affected the American way of life. Book Reviews on To Kill a Mocking Bird is one of the most successful novels of past and the present.

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12 Jan 2009

Essays on Warriors Don’t Cry

When we think of heroes, particularly those of the anti-racisim movement, seldom do we think of the children. Children and young minorities have been at the heart of many historical events, none more moving and significant as the integration of Little Rock’s Central High School. In 1957, Melba Patillo Beals was one of the Little Rock Nine, the first nine black students integrated into Central High School. The novel is autobiographical, starting with the Little Rock Nine paying a visit to the school years after the events.

Warrior’s Don’t Cry is considered literarily significant for its accurate portrayal of the event surrounding the Little Rock Nine and their experiences during their year at Central High School. From the humiliation of being beaten while showering, to having scalding soup dumped on them by fellow students, the abuse the Little Rock Nine suffered would qualify anyone, child or adult, as a courageous hero who stood their ground for what they believed in. The experiences of the Little Rock Nine also had many good points, including an incident in which Gene Smith, the white assistant to the chief of police, assists the students in escaping from the school when the segregationist protesters broke through and attempted to enter the school looking for the black children.

  • What did the actions of Gene Smith and other white community members in aiding the black students show about the community of Little Rock during these events?
  • Could integration have been done in a less controversial manner? If so, how could it have been done?

Today we view our soldiers, firemen, police officers and paramedics as heroes. Even sports athletes are frequently honored with that title. But the true heroes of our nation are not those who risk their lives as an occupation. The true heroes are the men, women and children who risk everything they have, everything they are, and even their very lives unashamedly, unquestioningly, and without regard to payment or reward for something they believe in passionately. The courage of people like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and the Little Rock Nine has shaped our society in ways even they never expected. Yet with racially motivated crimes still a recurring theme on our nightly news, it is obvious we still have a lot of work to do.

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Essays on I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Growing up in the economic hardships of the 1930s and coming of age in the 1940s was undoubtedly hard for many children.  For black children, these hardships, when mixed with racism and being treated as less than human, was almost unbearable for many.  Yet through all this, many young black men and women not only managed to survive, but to find balance in an unbalanced world.

 

The book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” written by Maya Angelou in 1969, stands as a novelized autobiography, following the author as a young black girl through her formative years as she suffers abandonment, molestation, violence, and racial prejudice, factors which today are pointed to as the causes of mental illness.  But somehow the author managed not only to survive, but to find the courage to set out on her own, building an independent life and defying the incredible obstacles in her life.  Her transformation from a scared child to a thriving woman of potential is solidified at the end of the novel as she held her newborn child in her arms for the first time.

  • How did Maya Angelou respond to being abandoned by her parents or by being raped at such a young age?  How did her response affect her life long term?
  • Economic hardships are well known to bring out the worst in people.  Could the environment of the Great Depression have been responsible for Maya Angelou’s suffering such abuse?  Would a white girl during the same era have had as much hardships?  Why or why not?  What might have been different?

Essay topics run thick within this powerful, historic autobiographical novel.  From the aftermath of childhood abandonment and sexual abuse to the ways racism presented itself in the 1930s and 1940s, the underlying issues and messages of the novel paint a picture of amazing survival through hardships almost unimaginable in today’s society, yet also sends one resounding theme throughout … that all things are survivable and that the damage from such events need not undermine the future potential of any victim, regardless of the nature of such victimization.

 

Many of the topics Angelou’s works bring forward are points of sensitivity in today’s society.  Student’s often find themselves reiterating modern psychological assumptions without giving them a second thought, leading to carbon copy papers that can hardly be considered challenging of these establish assumptions.  With the familiarity our writers have to novels like “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,”  we can assist the student by preparing unique essays on topics such as the effects of childhood sexual abuse and inherent social racism.  All we need to get started is your courageous order.

03 Nov 2008

Essays on To Kill a Mockingbird

Though many books have caught hell from would-be censors, the 1960 novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee, has earned more ire than most, primarily for its use of racial epithets. Set in the deep southern states, “To Kill a Mockingbird” addresses a wide range of social issues, from interracial relationships and discrimination to the loss of childhood innocence and deception in the pursuit of justice.

The main character in “To Kill a Mockingbird” is “Scout,” a young, ten-year-old girl who lives with her older brother and her father. To Kill a Mockingbird” has many underlying structures to its plot, including the random musings of Scout, her brother Jem, and their friend Dill regarding the mysterious “Boo” Radley, a seldom seen neighbor who seems at first mythical, though later is proved to exist by the appearance of mysterious gifts in the tree outside Scout’s home. Scout’s life is complicated by her father’s agreeing to represent a black man, Tom Robinson, in a rape trial where he stands accused of raping a white woman, and the aftermath of that trial.

The aftermath of this accusation and the subsequent events shows the devastating effects of false accusations, wrongful convictions, and personal petty vendettas – issues that still haunt our society today.

  • Would-be censors decry “To Kill a Mockingbird” as racially inflammatory because of its use of racial slurs and epithets. Proponents of the work argue that its use is necessary to accurately depict the racial discrimination and tensions of the era in which the story is set. Create an opinion paper reflecting your view on the subject. Don’t forget to present the basic argument from each side before establishing your own position, instructors almost universally take points off for that.
  • Through the events of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the characters Scout and Jem undergo significant development. Describe this development and the reasons behind it. How does this development affect their world view?

Though our society has made great changes in racial relations since “To Kill a Mockingbird” was written, advocates argue that we still have much work ahead of us. Incidents such as the Rodney King beating in Los Angeles and the KKK rally turned riot in Denver, Colorado are used as anecdotal evidence supporting this claim.

Our writers keep their fingers on the pulse of our nation and world, spending as much time reading the news and literary publications as they do writing to keep abreast of such developments. This dedication not only to writing but to knowledge itself gives them particular insight in writing essays on “To Kill a Mockingbird” and similar works critical of our society and its practices.

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