Soul On Ice - Taylor 1 Whitney Taylor Engl 203 Professor...

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Taylor 1 Whitney Taylor Engl 203 Professor Ellis 9/17/07 White Women: The Ogre In the book, Soul On Ice, by Eldridge Cleaver, one of the main points that he discusses is that of “The Ogre,” or the white woman. I thought that this particular subject was extremely interesting. It also gave great insight into how Cleaver changed in his time in prison. Cleaver speaks of the white woman as if she is a disease; something that he wishes he could rid himself of. To begin his discussion of this affliction, he explains his obvious attraction to women in general. He then goes on to explain why, he believes, he is attracted to The Ogre. Then he concludes his discussion by explaining what he used to cure himself of this disease, namely, rape. Like most males, Cleaver enjoys the company of women. Unfortunately, that is quite hard to come by when you are locked in a cell all day in jail. He explains that “in prison, these things withheld from and denied to the prisoner become precisely what he wants most of all. .. [Cleaver] used to lie awake at night racked by painful cravings to take a leisurely stroll under the stars, or go to the beach, to drive a car on a freeway, to grow a beard, or to make love to a woman.” But Cleaver would not get his wish because single prisoners were not allowed conjugal
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