AAF-ENG 248 Comparison and Contrast Essay Draft

AAF-ENG 248 Comparison and Contrast Essay Draft - Dos...

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Isaura Dos Santos Professor Evelyn AAF/ENG 248: 0001 23 April 2012 The Brewster Revoultion(s) or The Revolution of Brewster Place or The Revolutionaries of Brewster Place In order to change, action must be taken. Whether the action is in regards to something small or big, decisions are made in the process of transformation. Decisions are vital in the end result of the proposed change. A common movement towards change that has occurred throughout human history for thousands of years is revolution. People have organized revolutions in order to change the way that government is run, to ensure rights for all people, and to revitalize institutions and a society’s mindset. Revolutions may be for big or small causes, but all revolutions must have one crucial component: motivation. In order to have people believe and support in one’s cause, one must have the ambition and courage to make a difference for herself and for others. In the novel, The Women of Brewster Place, two characters who are revolutionary in their distinctive manner are Mattie Michael and Kiswana Browne. Mattie and Kiswana are different on many levels, whether it is their age, upbringing, or goals in life. Though these women differ from one another, they also share similarities, the main similarity being that they are both “unconventional” within their community, friends, and family. In particular, Mattie and Kiswana are unconventional in the methods that they pursue their goals, address problems, and treat others around them. The comparison and contrasting of Mattie and Kiswana is relevant to the story because each women’s story serves as an example of how black women faced not one generic obstacle (such as the stereotypical black, struggling single mother), but many different obstacles. The Women of Brewster Place is a novel which includes the life of seven women who Dos Santos 1
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are linked by their race and place of residence. Each of the seven women have their own personal story, struggles, and successes. Brewster Place is more than just a place of residence for its tenants. It represents the people who live within Brewster Place and serves as foundation for people to build a community.
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