When people are treated unfairly or unjustly, how should they perceive it and how do they generally react to this? In The Color of Water by James McBride, prejudice shapes James and Ruth in many ways, James has different stories than Ruth, due to the fact that he lived in a different time period, which makes his scenario different from Ruth’s. Both faced adversity, and stood up for themselves and defended themselves in many different ways just to make sure that they could survive in society. Ruth had always taught her children to be independent. She comes from an interesting background, she was starving of love and affection as a child. Ruth has experienced a lot of grief in her life due to all of these bad events that occurred. Even growing up, her father had treated her unfairly by taking advantage of her sexually. This was definitely not a right thing to do, Ruth’s father was an abusive man who had a sex addiction. He was found to have an affair with another woman even though Mameh knew about it the entire time. Due to her rough past when practicing Judaism, she decided to practice Catholicism after marrying Andrew Dennis McBride. She felt as if she was a freer person, she gained a personal connection to the religion which was good because it helped for her to get her mind off of things. James is a very confused boy, being black and white. He’s unsure where he fits in when it comes to society. A personal connection that I have to
James McBride can tell you firsthand about man verse racial identity. Journalizing his experience in his New York Times Bestseller novel the Color of Water simply outlined his struggles of finding who he was. His upbringing included a black father and a Jewish white mother. His background made it hard for him to understand why his home was different than others on the street. Although McBride experience shows an older outtake of racial identity, some may say this still is a problem today. Offspring feels the need to pick a race in society to succeed in the generation and it may be the step to understands them more. Notice in the subtitle of the book "A black Men tribute to his white mother" he label himself as just black as if there was a barrier between his mother and himself because the so different. Today we need to not let racial identity become a big part of our lives.
As hard work goes, attitude is also extremely important to have when trying to achieve something. If someone’s demeanor is off, they don’t believe they can achieve something greater than them, which in turn leads to failure. However, Jeannette wasn’t one of those people who didn’t believe in themselves, she tried to do everything that she could with a positive outlook regarding her life. Even when she didn’t concur with her parents, she didn’t give up her optimism when she moved to Welch, “Seeing as how Welch was our new home, Brian and I figured we’d make the best of it,” (Part 3 Chapter 7). While Jeannette tried to make everything special for the family by including teamwork, “If we all work together, we can get it done in a day or or two,”
In order to have a thriving and healthy society a clean water supply is a very simple but necessary resource. Dating back to the beginning of civilizations the need for clean water was an essential need. The Clean Water Act dates to Franklin D Roosevelt’s administration. In 1972 Congress amended and passed what is now known as the Clean Water Act to protect our precious resource of water. The clean water Act prevented the dumping of pollutants into navigable waters without a permit. Many municipalities and commercial entities had previously dumped sewage and unregulated waste in to our rivers and streams contaminating a great percentage of our drinking water. This wreck less contamination of our waterways not only affected humans but also affected our wildlife including fish and animal’s life that depended on these waters. Any municipality or company that could affect our waters would need to apply for a permit to do so. While the Clean Water Act was a landmark legislation that was supported by both Democrats and Republicans alike over the years has seen expansion of the EPA’s interpretation of the law and has created a controversy in Administrative Law that has many challenges up to the Unites States Supreme Court. (Television, n.d.)
Reading the book, The Other Side of the River, by Alex Kotlowitz, the author writes about the relationship between two towns in Michigan, and the death of a young boy named Eric McGinnis. The two towns, Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, are called the “Twin Cities”, but are ironically not related in any way. St. Joseph is 95 percent white, while Benton Harbor is impoverished and is 92 percent black. Throughout the book Kotlowitz questions the residents from both towns and how they are affected by the environment around them. The author also starts with the climax on the first page of the book – the death of Eric, and uses this as an technique to tell the story of the disagreements between the two towns.
The article Into the Dark Water by Lauren Tarshis is about when the most massive, high in technology, indestructible ship sunk. The Titanic of course. Also when passenger and survivor Jack Thayer shared his journey, through his writing with author Lauren Tarshis. It makes the article more intriguing to use quotes because it makes you feel as if you are on the ship on that night.
Persona, the aspect of someone 's character that is presented to or perceived by others. So for someone to adopt a persona is them putting their self in the shoes of another character to give off a specific perspective or view. Diane Gilliam Fisher uses this effectively in the poems found in her book “Kettle Bottom”. She places herself in the positions of both the children and wives of the coal workers, as well as the immigrants who worked the coal mine. She took the stance of the company owners and operators, and even the news reporters who spoke of the rebellion that was starting to take place. She uses this technique to persuade her audience to see the wrong that was happening in the coal mines. In comparison, the cut scene from the film “Matewan” that was written and directed by John Sayles takes the view point of the actual Union members and the conflicts that went on between the workers their selves. Both, these interpretations of what was going on in the coal mines of West Virginia, gives the audience the same perspective that the owners of the coal mines were the antagonist in the story. In addition to both “Kettle Bottom” and “Matewan”, the article “The Second Civil War: Remembering the Battle at Blair Mountain,” written by Alan Grayson (SpeakOut), also takes a bias stance against the mining company owners. Grayson portrays the mining owners to be crooked and wicked people, who had no remorse for the troubled environment that their workers struggle through
The Canadian novel ‘Crow Lake’ by Mary Lawson, published in 2002, was awarded in Canada as First Novel Award in the same year it was published and won the McKitterick Prize in 2003. The author Mary Lawson was born and brought up in a small farming community in southern Ontario. After graduating from McGill University, she moved to England in 1968. She still lives there with her husband and sons, though she returns to Canada every year. The story took place in a small town called Crow lake in northern Ontario. In this book Kate Morrison, the main character, leads the reader through her journey for healing from past mistakes dealing with her family. At the beginning, Kate who is seven, and her siblings Luke, Matt, and Bo, experienced a tough time surviving after their parents were killed in a car crash, which impacted them for the rest of their lives.
The definition of being a mixed person is being of descent of two or more races. However, in society, being a mixed person means so much more than this as each race entails its own cultural background and beliefs. These contrasting cultural backgrounds and beliefs are what cause debates on whether being mixed enables people to be accepted into multiple areas of society or if being mixed creates additional challenges when mixed people try to acquiesce into society. Clearly, James Mcbride agrees with the second argument by believing that being mixed makes it more difficult to assimilate into society. Mcbride recognizes how the contrasting cultures and beliefs that come with each race creates adversity against mixed peoples’ assimilation into multiple ethnic groups of society.
The article Into the Dark Water by Lauren Tarshis is about a boy named Jack Thayer who was on the Titanic the night it sank. Lauren Tarshis used some of Jack’s quotes for the article. The quotes make you feel like you were at that time and moment. One quote in the article by Lauren Tarshis there was a quote by Jack that said “It was the kind of night that made one glad to be alive.” The reason why Lauren Tarshis put that quote in their is that it helps you picture it in your head.
The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to his White Mother written by James McBride is a miraculous memoir about James’ and his mother’s life. He describes in detail what it was like growing up in a household with a white mother, a black father, and eleven black siblings. Biracial marriages and families were not the norm and nor was it accepted by society during that time. James encountered many misfortunes growing up and was constantly trying to figure out who he was because his family was different than other families. He felt that the only way to find out who he was by probing into his mother 's past which she refused to discuss for long period of time. She finally
In the book The River by Gary Paulsen they use again and again moments a lot. He uses the again and again moments well because the again and again moments actually mean something. They mean a lot and in pack to the story.
All through the book The River at Night, the women try to stay calm and strong however, fear is always present within them. There are four women all alone in the middle of nowhere who’s guide just recently died, they are nothing but afraid, “Sandra spun around and screamed//Her face had contorted with so much terror I feared I might turn to stone if I saw whatever she saw, but I forced myself to look behind us” (Ferencik, pg. 129). Although the women are courageous and brave through the entire trip, there are parts where strange things began to occur and it frightens them all quite a bit. Fear plays a large role in this novel since it is a thriller novel; it provides some action to grab more attention.
Ella Higginson captured a place with this poem. She wrote about a beautiful lake, or inland sea, in the mountains. She used imagery to paint vivid images of what this place looked like. One of the ways she described the place was by using gemstones, precious metals, and other images that remind people of colors to describe different elements of the her opal sea. She used sapphire to describe the water and emerald for the mountains.
When referring to Arizona’s water Kris Mayes, chairwoman of the state’s utility regulatory panel once said, “How do you say just how valuable water is in an arid state like Arizona?” she said. “It’s like the credit-card commercial-it’s priceless” (McKinnon). She was right, because in a dry state like Arizona, water is pretty important. To say water is ‘pretty important’ for the world is an understatement. We use water to function. And when we think of water we think of saving it. Keep the faucets from dripping or turn off the water while brushing your teeth. There are numerous tips for water conservation, but people don’t often think of the damage that is already done. Damages like ‘dead zones’. Dead zones in the ocean have been around for