Summary of Patricia Smith's 'What It's Like to Be a Black Girl'

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What it is like to be a black girl and country lovers What it's like to be a black girl and country lovers Patricia Smith's "What its like to be a black girl is a breathtaking poem to read as it gives the real picture of what a black American girl who is faced by racial prejudice, inner struggles and slavery. This poem will be compared and contrasted with Nadine Gordimer's country lover which is also a heart-rending story about a young black skinned girl-Thebedi finding herself in love with a white skinned Afrikaner boy-Paula whose parents are the young girls' masters. She is also faced with slavery, prejudice, racism and pursuit for freedom (Brown, 2009). This paper will critically compare the two literary works in terms of content, style and form. To begin with is the content. The authors of both literary works are women who have tried to act as the mirror of the society as they are able to recognize the plights of African women in the hands of the white man. Women compared to men have suffered a lot of racism, prejudice and rejection and nobody seem to come to their rescue (O'Brien, 2001). For example, in Smith's "what it's like to be a black American" portrays a vivid picture of how the young girl seem to be struggling inwardly so as to be accepted wholly from her dressing code to her physical appearance; "First of all, it's being 9 years old and feeling like you're not finished."- A sign of dissatisfaction with the physical look. This is because she feels that she

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