That Evening Sun By William Faulkner And The Poem Analysis

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In both the short story “That Evening Sun” by William Faulkner and the poem “Poem about My Rights” by June Jordan, racism against blacks is criticized through bringing its evils to the surface by these literary works. Despite using different literary mediums to convey their messages, both works reveal to their respective audiences that racism against blacks leads to feelings of inferiority and helplessness in blacks, a collective fear of the wrath of the white man in blacks, and an indifference in the general white population towards the fears of blacks. The idea that racism makes blacks feel as if they are powerless in the domain of whites is something that can be seen within “That Evening Sun.” In the story, Nancy lives in fear of her husband Jesus, as she believes that he has returned and plans to kill her. Nancy is most affected by her fears when she is not around the white Compson family. This is because Nancy is aware that her husband, being a black man, wouldn’t dare commit harm against Nancy when she is around whites, because he feels powerless around them. This is why Nancy attempts to avoid her and Jesus’s confrontation by sleeping in the Compson household and also by taking the Compson children to her house. Due to the racism that exists in the time period the story is set in, Jesus cannot do what he wants to do to Nancy, because being in the dominion of white people essentially takes away his force. He knows that if he tries to harm Nancy, but in the process…
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