Olaudah Equiano, a former African American slave, published a narrative of the life he lived. Equiano was born in the Eboe province of Africa. At the age of 7, Equiano and his sister were kidnapped and sold to slave traders. Equiano voyages across the coast to reach where he was to be a slave. During the journey, Equiano encounters many racial conflicts that causes him to view race through many perspectives.
She understands the dramatic changes that occur when girls enter adolescence and hit puberty. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions, as the body changes and develops, so does the girl into a woman. As Pipher describes in her text, these changes are consistent, as one day you may feel you can conquer the world and the next you’re lashing out and questioning everything and everyone. Ophelia on the other hand does not question, she allows herself to be controlled as she seeks the constant approval she thrives of, from Hamlet and Polonius. She struggles to meet these demands and becomes torn which lead to eventual madness. Shakespeare has effectively created a character that shows how adolescence affects young women. The character of Ophelia represents real women who fall into the trap of being controlled by their fears and how they can influence or destroy you. Ophelia represents an object of Hamlets male desires. Her weakness and madness allows the audience to capture the true essence of Hamlets character. He describes her as ‘woman’ and ‘frailty’ which is substituting an ideological view of femininity for a personal one, leading to the question does Ophelia’s madness stand for oppression of women in society? She does not struggle with moral choices or attitudes however; she is betrayed and taken advantage of by the two most important men in her
She is casted as a very Intense, profound character because of her situations whose voice goes unheard and actions are controlled by her father Polonius and Hamlet. In Scene 7 act 4, Gertrude informs Claudius and Laertes that Ophelia drowned in a brook. Prior to this, Ophelia is described as a “sister driven to desperate terms” you can say that she is playing the stereotypical role of the damsel in distress. Ophelia genuinely needs Hamlet to love her. She is embedded the idea from her own tretury that without him she can't survive. We see that Ophelia becomes an emotional mess when Hamlet tells her he doesn’t love her. Her submissive, reliance on men tells us that she is weak without support, but she will obey what her father says She acts as a puppet for the people who are dominant to her. They control her and mold her to what they want her to do and be. It’s really interesting how uncaring and unsupportive Polonius is towards her. Even to her own blood, she is treated with the utter most disrespect. This clearly tells the audience how women were portrayed in the Elizabethan era.
Ophelia is a very interesting and confused character in William Shakespeare's play Hamlet. She has so many moments where she is hanging onto her sanity by a thread, and one small thing could set her off. Ophelia illustrates character traits leading to her tragic downfall, including innocence, ignorance, and distraught actions.
In Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, the character Ophelia is very controversial due to the fact that Shakespeare places her as the focus inside the minds of all the men in her life such as Polonius, Laertes, and Hamlet. Although Ophelia may appear to just be a beautiful, weak girl, she has the ability to gain power and attention over all of the men in her life. Throughout the play, Ophelia does not have much of a voice while also being mistreated and emotionally abused by her boyfriend Hamlet. Although Ophelia does not express her opinions and emotions publicly, she propels the plot along by influencing major events. Ophelia’s weak, indecisive, and obedient personality allows her to progress the plot by Shakespeare making her the focus of the men in
This is the woman she might have become – warm, tolerant and imaginative. Instead she becomes jagged, benighted and imaginative. . . .Ophelia is made mad not only by circumstance but by something in herself. A personality forced into such deep hiding that it has seemed almost vacant, has all the time been so painfully open to impressions that they now usurp her reflexes and take possession of her. She has loved, or been prepared to love, the wrong man; her father has brought disaster on himself, and she has no mother: she is terribly lonely. (73-74)
Ophelia is another one of Shakespeare’s tragic victims. Throughout the years, her character has been analyzed in a multitude of ways. Arguably being one of the main characters in Hamlet, Ophelia is known for being one of the least developed. In her literary criticism piece, Representing Ophelia: Women, Madness, and the Responsibilities of Feminist Criticism, Elaine Showalter goes through countless interpretations of Ophelia’s character.
Racism in the past was a lot more blatant so it was easier to identify racist persons or actions or a racist institution but now because of microaggressions it's difficult to know and because of that people who are faced with racial microaggressions are forced to internalize a lot because I know for me personally that you don't want to seem like the person that overreacts or makes everything about race even though sometimes it is about race. It's hard because I know for myself at least that I don't always feel I have the vocabulary that would make me feel confident enough to define my lived experiences in a way that makes them seem justified because there will always be someone there to dismiss those feelings based on the idea that we live
People often try to explain situations by placing the blame on something because it helps them understand the problem so that they may access it. It’s all about perception and the ways people view and understand a matter or problem. Racism appears when people place the blame from events on a certain race. This blame or perception can lead to feeling threatened by another race. Eric Mania says that “Threat can result from conflicts over tangible resources(e.g., jobs) or form perceived differences in values, such as a perception among some whites that blacks violate the American value of having a strong work ethic”(n pag). A certain discomfort is built up overtime which can lead to some sort of action as a result of the threat felt. After a while
This story was like a reverse of what you hear in the news or any kind of social media at that. The most important sentence in my opinion was, “I felt pale and lost, like an American explorer in the wilderness.” He felt this way because all he did was try to do the right thing, technically he could have talked to them. On the other hand, they could have at least introduced themselves. There was million other ways they could have said that to him, yet they choose to say the words something about the white boy needs to go home. Now a bunch of this has to do with history, they are still in the mind set of how people used to treat people back in the day. His neighbors are in the mind set of you’re a white guy, don’t talk to me because of how racist
For the individual level, my action will be stopped the racism that happens around me. If there are racism in the classroom or campus, I will try my best to disrupt it. The best way is to have a conversation with that person, and explain the situation for him/her. In addition, I will report the case to the instructors because they have a better experience and knowledge than I do. Therefore, the instructors are able to do further actions. Another thing I can do is to educate the people around me. I can introduce the idea of racism to my family or friends. Therefore, more people will alert the issue, and stop being a racist. At this point, I may only can influence a few people, and it does not help a lot. However, if everyone contributes a little
One area I had not considered was how uncomfortable I am having discussions about racism. I grew up in a time and place where whites mostly stayed with whites and other cultures stayed with their own as well. Other races were not talked about, and it was considered impolite to notice any differences. I have experienced working in different countries and with the complexity of student populations in inner city, urban schools. I have many friends of all different races and sexual preferences, but I am uncomfortable when the issue of racism or sexual preferences is mentioned. I am afraid my comments will be taken out of context and am aware of the potential powder keg that could explode. As a school leader I will have to consciously become
This year has been a challenge when it comes to discrimination in my town. I live in an area that's very diversity dry. Almost my whole entire town is white. That's how I grew up but thankfully I'd learned that what you believe in or what you look like doesn't matter. I was taught not to judge people by their race. I've become someone I can say I'm proud of for standing up for people that don't have a loud enough voice. Although that’s how I was raised some people were not. Over the past two months a girl in my district posted on her instagram how much she didn't like Mexicans and a whole lot of racist comments regarding their language and stereotypical slang. It caused an uproar on social media and throughout each of the four schools in my
As a result of spending her life under the protection of her father and his orders, due to her submissive nature, Ophelia remains naive and unaware of the deceit and bitterness surrounding her which renders her incapable of facing the harsh realities of life once her father dies and Hamlet leaves her. After the death of her father and with the absence of both Laertes and Hamlet from her life at the time, Ophelia is driven to madness and Gertrude explains it the King: “She speaks much of her father, says she hears there’s tricks i ' the ' world, and hems, and beats her heart, spurns enviously at straws, speaks things in doubt that carry but half sense.” Finally seeing the grim reality of her surroundings without her father to hide behind, Ophelia loses her sanity and eventually end her own life as she no longer knows how to lead an independent life. In conclusion, Ophelia is portrayed as a puppet on strings being pulled around by the males in her life, making all her decisions and controlling what she can and can’t do, and once all the men are gone, she no longer able to function on her own and she ends her life as a result.