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The Portrayal of Adolescence in David Mitchell's Novel Black Swan Green
“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” (Robert Frost). Life changes continuously with each choice and decision creating an eternal cycle even after death. Childhood is a time of innocence while adulthood is a time of maturity. If one were to combine both these stages, you would end u...
The Life of George Appo: Hardships of Living During the Long Depression
It’s a Hard Knock Life Life was tough during the so-called “Long Depression.” There was a significant amount of crime, police brutality, and corruption in law enforcement that was going on at the time. Nobody cared about trying to make an honest living to fulfill what they thought was their share of the sought after Americ...
The Barriers Immigrants Face in Funny in Farsi, a Memoir by Firoozeh Dumas
Funny in Farsi There are few things in life easier to adjust to than "change." Said not a single person ever. However there a few, such as Firoozeh Dumas, who have handled the changes of life with what can only be described as humorous ease. In her memoir "Funny in Farsi" she addresses many of the issues and concepts immig...
The Life of an African Slave in the Autobiography of Olaudah Equiano
The African Slave Trade What is the most horrific thing you can think of? Perhaps being ripped from your home and taken from the ones you love to be sold into a life of forced servitude? This was the harsh reality for many African peoples sold into slavery. For over two hundred years’ slavery was one of the most profitable...
The Taboo of Black-White Relationships in The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
The Color Of Water The Color Of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute To His White Mother by James McBride is an autobiography and a tribute to his mother. The Book alternates between James and his mother, allowing the reader to follow two narratives at the same time. Growing up as a black child with a white mother confused James...
An Analysis of the Effects of Self-Imaging in the Works of Lucy Grealy
Lucy Grealy demonstrates in her autobiographical essays the idea of self-image and the problems that come along with it. She explains through her own experience of growing up with a disfigured face what it is like to have self-image problems. Her obsession with her self-image cause her to struggled with herself internally...
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou: On Quitting and Making Changes
What to Do When "I Quit" Just Isn't Enough Maya Angelou, who is known as Marguerita Johnson in her book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, talks about her difficult times working for Viola Cullinan. As Cullinan mistreats her by giving Maya the slightly more convenient version of Margaret, Mary, Maya quits her job by breaking...
The Theme of Silence in the Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston
In Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, the theme of silence appears multiple times as an indicator of self-oppression within women in both China and the United States during the early 1900’s. In Kingston’s memoir, silence is used as a symbolic representation of muting individual exp...
The Life and Works of Literature by Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes knows the meaning of a dream. Born in 1902 in Joplin, Missouri, Hughes went on to personify African-American culture during his career as a novelist, poet, and scholar, and in particular had an enormous impact on the artistic contributions of the Harlem renaissance. Hughes was a unique poet, in that he sough...
The Distinction Between Testimonio and Other Forms of Writing According to John Beverly's The Margin at the Center: On Testimonio
To write an autobiography or oral history such as “Personal Memories of Ulysses S. Grant ” is one thing. John Beverly argues that to write a testimonio is completely another. In his essay “The Margin at the Center: On Testimonio,” John Beverly makes a distinction between other forms of writing and testimonio, claiming that,...