Chose to or more other cultures poems you have studied. How do the poets present the theme of protest? 'What else can an old woman do? ' 'We know where we belong ' These two quotes, the first from An Old Woman by Arun Kolatkar and the second from Nothing 's Changed by Tatamkhulu Afrika, both seem to show a sense of abandoned protest and although the poems are from two very different cultures the theme of protest is clear in both. An Old Woman is about an old Indian woman who follows a man just for a fifty paise coin. Kolatkar depicts the old woman 's protests with poverty and age. In Nothing 's Changed Afrika writes of his protests with the whites and segregation as a black person in South Africa. He tells of how District Six was …show more content…
Kolatkar then goes on to use imagery to change the audience 's perception of the old woman and generate more pity. He describes her aging body with thoughts of hills and temples cracking and mentions the sky falling as she ages and comes closer to death. Kolatkar portrays the 'shatter proof crone, who stands alone ' the only true rhyme in the poem and this exaggerates the fact that she is alone as well as describing her soul which is still youthful although her body is past it. This clever use of imagery is not used in Nothing 's Changed; instead Afrika describes his emotions, especially anger, towards what is there already. He expresses the 'hot, white, inward turning anger ' of his eyes when he sees the restaurant and it 's clear panes separating the two races, so similar and yet so different. In the last stanza he talks of how he wants 'a stone, a bomb, to shiver down the glass ' anything to put an end to his protests and to segregation. The change of mind from a stone to a bomb is shows how he wants to hurt or even kill the white people as they did to his people. In the last stanza of An Old Woman we are told of how the traveller now pities the old woman and is 'reduced to so much small change in her hand '. This brings a sense of satisfaction to the poem, as the audience know that the old woman 's protest with poverty is over for
The final six lines of the poem explicitly show the class division between the speaker and the tourists. When the speaker states that, “Once my little sister / ran barefoot across the hot sand / for a taste” (13-16), she ends on a period, almost hoping that her sister would be able to run across to the other side where the rich tourists and playful children are, to feel what it is like, to be equal to them. If the poem had ended here, it would be difficult to make a full
Identity is portrayed similarly in “half caste” and “no problem” because they are both about race and their struggle to be acknowledged as a person. Both poets John Agard and Benjamin Zephaniah use language, for and structure to show the struggle.
Values are an important aspect of life. Having values is a representation of the individual of not only who they are but what they believe as well. Someone who does not have any values cannot have any respect for themselves These lack of family values are progressive, and have become a part of the postmodern. In both stories “Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri and” The Storm “by Kate Chopin, the plot sets upon the characters having a lack of values, and as a result may encounter negative consequences.
In the folktale, "The Wise Old Woman" ,by Yoshiko Uchida, it shows how a harsh young lord treated elderly people with no respect or dignity. In this story, you will find yourself outraged at how this lord treated his elderly people. Nevertheless, this story will teach you lessons about life and will show you how many lords treated there elderly people differently. The story all took place in ancient China, where a lord ruled over a small village and any elderly person over seventy-one may be banished from the village and left in the mountains to die.
The concept of the malign nature of the tenement is developed throughout the first stanza with Crichton Smith exploring his own role in his mother 's confinement. He tells the reader that whilst he drove away, his mother would 'wave from the window. ' Again the poet successfully employs alliterative words to draw our attention - this time to the image of his frail mother still lovingly 'waving ' from her prison 'window '. This notion is supported by Crichton Smith comparing himself to
Have you ever thought that three completely different stories might have something in common? It might seem unlikely, but now you can change what you previously thought! The short stories Contents of a Dead Man’s Pockets by Jack Finney, The Leap by Louise Erdrich, and The Trip by Laila Lalami, all have their similarities and differences on several aspects. This can be demonstrated through the topics of setting, conflict, characters, and theme. These topics help make up the plot of each story. No story is the same, but they can have similar messages or themes meant for the audience. Some can argue that these three short stories are completely different, but other individuals differ. These main elements from each story can be both, depending on one’s point of view.
The circumstance surrounding her addresses concerning poverty is where the author makes an appeal to pathos. She states,“the poor
A breath of fresh air is the first book written by Amulya Malladi. In 1984, when she was nine years old, her father was posted in the city of Bhopal. On the third of December, 1983 the city suffered The Bhopal Gas Tragedy that killed many people. When this gas tragedy occurred, she along with her family was staying at the Army Center which was a few kilometers away from the plant. Due to the wind that blew in a direction opposite to theirs, they remained unaffected by the gas leak. In the last half of the year 1984, she faced the Assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi that led the country’s division in the name of religion and made her come to terms with the finality of death.
Protest poetry is any form of poetry which has, as one of its main functions, the objective of finding fault with some existing current event or circumstance. This kind of poetry often focuses on the misdeeds performed by a government upon its people. It can also be a reaction to some overriding societal ill, like war or racism. The most effective forms of protest poetry combine the qualities that make up any great poem with a genuine passion about the subject. Protest poems can stimulate a reader 's interest and empathy, and sometimes spur him or her into action. Protest poetry focus on values and ideas for example the gay rights in Australia people are fighting to get there thoughts out so
A person’s heritage and cultural identity may be lost when moving to a new country where the culture is different and other cultures are not easily accepted. In the short story “Hindus”, Bharati Mukherjee uses setting, characters and the plot to discuss what it is like to lose your cultural identity while being a visible minority in America. Mukherjee uses the plot to describe the events that take place in the main characters life that lead her to realize how different the culture and life is in the America’s. She also uses the characters as a way of demonstrating how moving away from one’s culture and heritage can change a person’s perspective and ways of thinking. Mukerjee also uses setting in her story to identity the physical differences in culture between living in India and America. Alike the setting and characters, the plot helps describe the loss of culture with a sequence of events.
Water is something that is seen as solely necessary for human beings to stay hydrated, but the novels being mentioned in this paper describe water as being something more. Praisesong for the Widow by Paule Marshall, Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat and Masters of the Dew by Jacques Roumain all depict water as being something that helps with liberation, recovery and new life.
In the pieces “The Eye” by Alice Munro and “Girl” written by Jamaica Kincaid, both writings go into depth explaining the relationships between mother and daughter on how much it impacts the roles of women in society. In Alice Munro’s story, the mother and daughter's relationship starts to change once she starts to gain siblings in her life. Once this occurs, the mother tells her how she's supposed to feel. Unfortunately, she does not feel the same way that leads her admiring someone else who makes her own choices in life. In Jamaica Kincaid's piece, it shows us on how to follow these specific rules, to be able to live life as a woman that is being told by the mother to her daughter. Both of these pieces show how much these mother and daughter relationships affect their child's on what their women role will be in the future.
For a long time the participants had suffered from being treated almost inhuman like but there was a moment when the blacks where ready to stand up and fight for their rights. Maya Angelou used lots of metaphors to describe the people’s feelings and make the reader fell them too: “I say the night has been long” (The Million Man March, line 1 but repeated through out the poem). “The nigh has been long” is used metaphorically to say that enough suffering has been endured. This quote is related to suffering because when darkness is present monsters and such lurk about (scared). “I say” is metaphorically used to show strength and leadership. So “I say the night has been long” stands for stop being cowardly, you don't need to suffer just come together with all your strength. Although Maya Angelou is showing that the participants have strength she also shows where it’s coming from: “The wound has been deep, the pit has been dark and the walls have been steep” (The Million Man March, lines 2-4 but repeated through out the poem). These phrases remind the people of what they had to endure in life and they get strength from this to go against the government and make a change. “The wound has been deep” represents the pain the dark skinned people had to endure in their lives which they know their children might have to too. “The pit has been dark and the