English Final Project

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English Final Project





Final Book Report III

Toni Morrison’s, The Bluest Eye, Alice Walker’s , The Color Purple , and

Richard Wright’s autobiography , Black Boy , all represent prejudicy . The preceding

novels show the characters were typical victims, not understading the division of power

amongst races. The Bluest Eye , a heart breaking story of a little back girl living in Lorain,

Ohio during the 1930’s, manifest the longing of Pecola Breedlove’s obsession for love. In

order to achieve love she would have to deny herself of her true identity and surrender to

what is thought to be beautiful and superior: little white girls “gifted” with blond hair and

blue eyes. The novel procalaims the nation’s love for little white girls. Sadly, Pecola

wishes every night to abolish her ugliness: her blackness. If she could only become

“beautiful” she would be loved , rather then become the subject of hatred ranging fom

people like her mother tro her teachers to her classmates. Recounting the story of a black

girl’s hardship’s in the world of prejudice, Alice Walker’s , The Color Purple presents a

moving story of love, ill-treatment, and growth. Celie, the main character, advances

toward inner growth changing from a abused and submissive wife to an independent and

confident black women. The story is written in Celie’s journal addressed to God. This is

because the only person she thinks she can trust is God I with her secrets. From Celie’s

journal the reader finds out about other characters in the novel such as Alfonso,

Mr._____, Shug, Nettie, and Harpo. The theme of the novel is straightforward and simple.

Like many of the other novels devoted to the mistreatment of blacks and black women

especially. Much of the novel reflect points in the authors life. The novel is derived from

Alice Walker’s own personal experience, growing up in the rural south as an abused and

uneducated child. Black Boy is an autobiography about Richard Wright. He was born in

the rural Mississippi, the grandson of slaves. Richard Wright overcame every social

obstacle including poverty, racism and limited education to achieve the regonition as the

creator of America’s most powerful literature.

Black Boy, Richard Wright's autobiography, covers his childhood and

early adulthood. It opens with four-year-old Richard's rebellion against authority. In order

to occupy his time Richard accidently burns down his grandfathers house. “My idea was

growing. Now I was wondering how the long fluffy curatians would look if I held the

burning straws under them( pg 11).” All throughout the entire novel Richard has some

type of hunger. His hunger gets him into trouble. At the time, Richard was and resentful

of his mother's command of silence. After his mother determined that he was unharmed,

she beat him so badly that he lost consciousness. When Richard and his brother were very

young, Nathan Wright, their father, a sharecropper , abandoned the family, plunging them

into poverty. Richard's constant hunger made him extremely bitter toward his father. Over

the next few years, Ella, Richard's mother, would desperately attempt to feed, clothe, and

shelter her children. Her long hours of work often meant leaving her children with little

supervision. When Richard was six years old, he began begging drinks in a nearby saloon

where the customers plied him with nickels if he would repeat various curse words and

offensive phrases. When beatings didn’t work helpfully with his growing obsession with

alcohol, Ella engaged the babysitting services of an older black woman in the

neighborhood who watched every move. Ella moved in with her sister, Maggie, and

Maggie's husband, Silas Hoskins. Hoskins was the owner of a successful saloon, so there

was always more than enough food to eat. Nevertheless, Richard was unable to

lose the fear that his hunger would return anew, so he hoarded food all over

the house. Unfortunately, the newly found stableness was not destined to last. The

local whites were jealous of Hoskins's profitable business, so they murdered

him and threatened to kill the rest of his family. Maggie and Ella fled with the

two boys to live in another town. Maggie and Ella's combined wages proved

adequate to feed and clothe Richard and his brother, but Maggie became

involved with "Professor" Matthews, a wanted man. Matthews, being a wanted man gave

the children valued things and a puppy.Shortly after Richard desired to sell the dog for

money to sooth his hunger. The lady only having 97 cents was denied new ownership of

the puppy. A week later the dog was run over and killed. Ella and the children fled

to the North after Mathews killed a white woman; Ella once again had to work alone to

provide for herself and her children. Ella's health began to deteriorate. Because she didn’t

have money for rent she and her sons were forced to move several times. A paralytic

stroke disabled her, so Richard was forced to write to his grandmother for help. Ella's

siblings gave hat help they could, but none of them could take on the responsibility for

both of her children. Richard's grandmother took on the responsibility for

caring for Ella. Maggie took Richard's younger b

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