Overcoming Oppression and Exploitation - Langston Hughes' Poems and James Cameron's 'Avatar'

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Oppression and exploitation has been present in our world as far back as one can remember. The dictionary definition states that ‘Oppression is the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner. It can also be defined as an act or instance of oppressing, the state of being oppressed, and the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically, by troubles, adverse conditions, and anxiety.’ People who feel oppressed can react in very diverse and opposing ways. Some grow from their experiences, gaining compassion and a stronger self-identity. Some others become bitter and reclusive and turn on those around them in hopes of feeling better about themselves. And many feel they are victims, rightly so. These are …show more content…
At the core of this poem, the strength of the black slave is shown. He is a person who, when faced with adversity and has the odds stacked against him, stands up for what is right and says that he has had enough: Tomorrow, I'll sit at the table when company comes. Nobody'll dare say to me, "Eat in the kitchen," then. (Lines 8-14)
Langston Hughes demonstrates his feelings by stating that African Americans are entitled to equal rights too, and should be treated the same as every other white person in the world. The closing line, "I, too, am America has great significance as it refers to the fact that America is a racially diverse country, and therefore you do not have to be white-skinned to be an American.
This statement signifies the apparent bravery of the slave. Although his body may be conquered, his self-esteem exudes strength; physically, his body can be controlled but mentally, his mind is his own. With a powerful mind, his attitude towards being oppressed becomes more obstinate, and he changes for the better. This is

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