Michelle Cliff in “If I Could Write This in Fire, I Would Write This in Fire” addresses
and investigates the ambiguity of the black Jamaican’s ‘inferiority complex’ to the white man by
evaluating social disparities- race, gender, colonialism, and sexuality. She also emphasizes the
black man’s disparity with rhetorical techniques. (
What kind of Rhetorical Techniques?.
unique? Simple? You don’t need an adjective there, but it might be nice. Also, I am not entirely
sure, but is rhetorical techniques the same thing as like diction and syntax and imagery? If you
are sure that those fall under the category of rhetorical techniques, then you are fine,)
to the difficulties that
her Jamaican people suffer
( I am not a fan of that phrase, it feels too
) as ‘Colorism’ and she exposes the crude
relationship Colorism shares with other
social structures that define a precise identity the white man desires. Why is the black man
identity such a quandary? Will the black man ever have the same social standing as a white man?
To me your thesis is saying that you feel that the rude, or rough, relationship between colorism
and the other social structures – race, sexuality, etc. – is what defines what the white man desires
in a Jamaican….
.If this is not your intent, maybe you might want to clear it up a bit, if it is ur
intent, then u are fine)
The inequalities between the white man and the black man may seem bewildering, but
Cliff utilizes a narrative to reveal the inequalities at stake such as gender. When Henry, her
cousin, was in a bar, he refers to a 50-year-old woman waitress as a ‘girl’ disregarding the
woman with any respect despite her elder age.
Henry is not a white man
but uses his gender as
an excuse to be authoritative and rude towards the waitress
urge for authority is a constant
struggle to seek entitlement. Dark colored women are destined for precarious employment; Cliff
says that they are required to go to school or maintain the “house worker/mistress relationship”
(30). Society also expects women to be subservient to men regardless of their attainments, or