Victims in Contemporary African-American Literature Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Victims in Contemporary African-American Literature
Analyzes the evolution of victimization in 20th century African-American literature.
# 85180 | 2,250 words | 7 sources | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in African-American Studies (1950-Present) , Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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In this paper, the differing aspects of economic, religious, education and gender roles have been sequentially analyzed in African-American literature. Through the works of 20th century authors, there have been steady stages of evaluations of the victim roles imparted on African- American from outside of their race, as well as those brought about by self-induced aspects of interior issues of African-Americans. The paper shows that in this manner, victimization is an evolutionary process that Ellison, Walker, Baldwin, and Wright infer within their plots, characters and racial issues in these texts.

From the Paper:

"This literary study will analyze the evolution of African American literature throughout that 20^th century. By understanding the nature of economics of racism that began with Richard Wright's Native Son; the aspects religious victimization also developed in Baldwin's latter tale: Go Tell It on the Mountain. Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man "I could fly a plane if I had chance," Bigger said. "If you wasn't black and if you had some money and if they'd let you go to aviation school, you could fly a plane," Gus said "It's funny how the white folks treat us, aint it?" Bigger said. "It better be funny," Gus said (Wright 17). Gus and Bigger are two friends that relay the sense of economic disenfranchisement that a white hegemonic community has imparted upon them."

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