Breaking Away from One's Race
An analysis of two books that deal with race as either black or white, and another that examines being mixed.
# 63786 | 1,581 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2004 |
Published on Feb 12, 2006 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , English (Comparison) , Ethnic Studies (General) , Literature (General) , African-American Studies (General)
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An analysis of three pieces: Margaret Walker's "Jubilee", Langston Hughes' "Not Without Laughter" and James Weldon Johnson's "The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man". Through their work we see that Walker and Hughes' perspective of race is pure. However, Johnson's view is focused on the individual and not necessarily on a person's racial background. This paper compares the two perspectives: If one is proud to be of a mixed race, is this breaking away from either his "white" or "black" race, or is it simply becoming a proud individual?
From the Paper:"After examining the texts in relation to race and one's identity, one can see that in both Margaret Walker's Jubilee and Langston Hughes' Not Without Laughter, the idea of race is conveyed as fixed, whereas James Weldon Johnson's The Autobiography of an Ex-Couloured Man deals with race as a changing. The almost-too-optimistic portrayals of the mulatto clearly separate this mixed breed from the "hybrid" African American, putting the mulatto on a pedestal, superior to all other non-whites. Therefore, I believe that the idea of race, in agreement with Johnson, should be recognized as a constantly changing identity for a person of multiple backgrounds."
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