Let us examine the characters in this memoir from sociological point of view 1

Let us examine the characters in this memoir from

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Let us examine the characters in this memoir from sociological point of view. 1. Booker T. Washington Throughout the autobiography, Booker T. Washington stands out as a man of strength. He is very modest about his accomplishments. His life is an incredible story of success. He pulls himself out of the institution of slavery and is determined to pull his people up with him. He takes every opportunity to propose his ideas and
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87 philosophies to all races so that attitudes would change in America. He notices many terrible things happened to his people, but remained optimistic. He believes that with education and hard work, the black people could effectively blend into the dominant white society. He gathers fame through his good deeds and excellent works, but never sought it out. He dedicates his life to his students and his race and was sure that the day would come when the black man was totally accepted throughout the South. 2. Booker s Mother Booker s mother is a slave. She is optimistic that one day the Emancipation would come and accordingly the sufferings would come to an end. She encourages Booker in all his deeds especially his attempts for getting education. She knows how much wearing a cap to school meant to him and that in spite of her deep poverty, she finds a way to make him one. 3. Mrs. Ruffner Mrs. Ruffner is the wife of the owner of the salt mine where Booker worked in Malden, West Virginia. She became a valuable friend who taught him a great deal about cleanliness and the dignity of work when he took a position in her home. 4. General Samuel C. Armstrong General Samuel C. Armstrong is the man Booker most admired in the world. After the Civil War, he took it upon himself to find a way to educate the black race and help them integrate into a dominant white society. As a result, he established the Hampton Institute and that is where Booker attended school. General Armstrong s philosophies about how education and work go hand-in-hand later influenced Booker into applying them to his own educational ideas. 5. Miss Mary F. Mackie Miss Mary F. Mackie was the first person Booker met when he arrived at Hampton and was not at all impressed with him at first. Booker had arrived dirty and disheveled
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88 and his appearance made her think he needed testing to prove he was worthy of acceptance. An attempt is made to analyze the characters from the autobiography Black Boy. 3.6 Black Boy The autobiography Black Boy , by Richard Wright, is a tale of hope and determination. It covers Wright s life growing up as an African-American in Jim Crow South, depicting the economic and social struggles that were stereotypical for African- Americans at the time. It follows him through his youth, examining the hardships and obstacles faced by both Wright and his family. It is a story about the hardships and obstacles faced by a poverty-stricken family, and one boy s determination to escape the prison created by these circumstances. Beyond this, Black Boy is a story about a life-long struggle with hunger. Wright suffers from hunger his entire life, not only for
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