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Michael Blasius Dr. Dalessio LCS 121 25 October 2007 The struggle of the African-American people is clearly a dominant topic among black authors and for good reason. Their stories consist of habitual discrimination and oppression which follows the black man in every aspect of life. Not only oppressed socially and economically, African-Americans also faced discrimination from their peers on the basis of how “white” their appearance and actions were. These social conflicts are well illustrated in the novel The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, the short story The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara, and the short story Sweat by Zora Neale Hurston. Although all of the works focus on the plight of the black people, the characters from their respective stories each have unique experiences which influence their lives. 1. The disadvantage of black children a. Pecola – Discriminated against because she is ugly and poor i. Bring in the scene at the candy store b. The Lesson – The children are economically oppressed, they are all poor
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Unformatted text preview: i. “some people can afford to spend on a toy what could feed a family for a year” ii. They are clearly outsiders in the store 2. Oppression of black women a. Mrs. Breedlove – Oppressed by her husband i. Beaten by cholly, she looks to life outside the home (her job) for happiness – is a martyr for her family and enjoys it b. Delia Jones – Also oppressed by her husband i. Sykes does things to purposely torment Delia like putting the snake in the house and blatantly cheats on delia also a martyr c. Both work for white families – Cleaning up after them i. Represents the idea that whiteness is ideal – Delia’s white laundry 3. Oppression via the white standard of beauty a. Pecola – Wants Blue eyes like little white girls b. Claudia – Everyone’s love of little white girls causes the opposite in her c. Geraldine – Standard of cleanliness keeps her from being passionate d. Delia – Cleans the white peoples laundry, because she is so black she is considered ugly...
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