Comparison Paper of Child of the Americas by Aurora Levin Morales and Whats It Like to Be a Black Girl by Patricia Smith

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My Comparison Paper Latosha Sweet ENG125: Introduction to Literature Sheila Gordon 03/07/2011 The literary works I will compare are “Child of the Americas” by Aurora Levin Morales and “What’s It like to be a Black Girl” by Patricia Smith. The works focus on the psyche of two women of African descent, plagued by the historical American public perceptions of their culture. These negative perceptions play an important part of the individual’s psyche due to prejudice. It has misconstrued and distorted the minds of these young African American girls. These poems show how two young girls from different American minority sub-cultures, view themselves in totally different perspectives. One of the young women wishes to identify with the…show more content…
She has begun to grow breasts and now knows that she is being noticed by others who are also aware of her new body. She has not been able to embrace these changes due to her disappointment in the color of her skin. Her lack of self-confidence leaves her vulnerable to the unwanted advances of the opposite sex. She has not had someone to take the time and explain why the changes are happening or what they mean. The opposite is true for the girl in “Child of the Americas”. This girl is growing into a woman that likes that she is different. “Spanish is my flesh, Ripples from my tongue, lodges in my hips: the language of garlic and mangoes, the singing of poetry, the flying gestures of my hands”. (Morales 8, 9, 10) She notices the Spanish look of her body and voice. She loves the latino flare she has, the sharp tongue and quick witt that she has developed. She embraces that her hips are curvy and her body is that of a beautiful woman; brought on by her heritage. She is a sassy multicultural woman. Smith poem says,” its growing tall and wearing a lot of white”. White for this black girl is a symbol for everything that is right and good in the world. Everything that is beautiful is white. White is seen as clean and pure. She has been taught that black

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