my name is margaret

857 WordsDec 16, 20134 Pages
“My Name is Margaret” Our name identifies us in many ways. It connects us to who we are and connects us to our family. White people have had the power to express what identifies them best and black people really never got the chance to experience what identity is, it has always been prearranged for them. This passage’s main point is about identity and breaking out of the silence that the whites have had over the black people, about taking control and breaking the norms. In this story, Margaret is angry with the fact that Viola Cullinan calls her by ‘Mary’ just for her convenience because Margaret is too long. “Twenty years. I wasn’t much older than you. My name used to be Hallelujah. That’s what Ma named me, but my mistress gave me…show more content…
I can imagine Margaret trying to close her eyes and trying not to see this man while raping her. It all makes sense now. But the sad thing is, she was raped by other white men as well if you read the paragraph about Mr. Cullinan again. As I read her story, I have to uncover something that isn’t pleasant; in fact, it devastates the young girl and, one assumes, her family. Now, it doesn’t say much about Margaret’s family besides her mother and I was getting concerned whether I should include this as part of my essay. After trying to figure out what I was being asked to include, I came to an understanding. Margaret is pregnant. There are so many hints such as her throwing up her lunch and talking about her stomach. Margaret breaks the china and it could be her mood swings taking control. Her and her baby would make a ‘family’ and it’s devastating how such a blessing can come from something so tragic. At first I thought Margaret was angry because of her new name, but it was much more than that. Each race has their own prejudice toward one another; however, the whites v. blacks will never truly fade away. There will always be jokes and seriousness about this situation. The conflict will always go on. This story does need to be decoded with a close reading. There was a more personal reason for her anger. The author has made this an allusion. She is lost in wonderland, someone else’s definition of her own identity, she was raped,
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