Discrimination in Literature
Examines the effects of discrimination in Claudio's "Becoming Myself" and Studs Terkel's "Roberta Acuna, Migrant Farm Worker".
# 48869 | 1,246 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2004 |
Published on Feb 19, 2004 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , English (Comparison) , Gender and Sexuality (Homosexuality) , Latin-American Studies (Immigration/Emigration issues)
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Studs Terkel's "Roberto Acuna, Migrant Farm Worker" and Claudio's "Becoming Myself" in "Souls Looking Back" are texts that highlight the emotional trauma caused by different types of discrimination. The paper shows that, taken at face value, both texts appear to be a strong comment and protest against unthinking and cruel discriminatory behavior. The more powerful message contained in both texts, however, is that the "discriminated" are liberated from the narrowness of conventional dogmas once they cease to struggle for acceptance. The paper shows that, instead, they reach a level of self-actualization that allows them to achieve a profound self-awareness, form a strength of conviction in their own beliefs, and leave their own distinctive mark on society through a unique personal expression.
From the Paper:"Claudio's situation is somewhat different to that faced by Roberto but with the same net result of a sense of inferiority, insecurity and fear. Claudio's homosexuality, though well hidden from the world, still makes him aware that his is a difference that would lead to family, friends and society rejecting him if it ever came out in the open. Claudio instinctively senses that people would never accept him even though he constantly hears people advising him to be true to himself."
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