African American Inequality In Literature

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Inequality in America is expressed in many ways, for example literature and media. Today, I’d like to focus on American Literature of African American inequality through Narrative Identity. Narrative can be expressed as “a basic human strategy for coming to terms with fundamental elements of our experience, such as time, process, and change.” While Narrative Identity is identified as is the study of “the distinctive nature of narrative and its various structures, elements, uses, and effects.” (Course Notes). I have chosen three authors who expressed their views of racial inequality through poems and short stories. Frederick Douglas, Zora Neale Hurston, and Langston Hughes are all African American descendants who have personally experienced inequality in American and has chosen to express their experiences in American Literature. Even though these authors have shared experiencing inequality, they are all different because of the time in which their experienced occurred. Frederick Douglas a former slave later to remembered as a hero, wrote a book about his life called “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas.” In this narrative Frederick Douglas expresses how African Americans were treated during this time. He goes into detail about his experiences from an illiterate lost young boy to a self-educated confident grown man. Frederick Douglas was born into slavery 1818. He among many other slaves have no recognition of their origin. “I was born in Tuckahoe, near
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