By Amy Sickels
African-American authors have further their voices to the yankee literary tapestry via riveting works. African-American Writers discusses the tested authors and newly rising voices that experience made lasting contributions to American literature. Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Ernest J. Gaines, Walter Dean Myers, Alice Walker, August Wilson, Charles Johnson, and Gloria Naylor are profiled in addition to their essential works which are mostly assigned in school rooms this present day.
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As a result, Pecola, who has dark skin, feels alone and unwanted. The only adults who show Pecola any kindness are the prostitutes who live above the store: Miss Marie (who is often referred to as the Maginot Line), China, and Poland. The women, ostracized by the community, are good natured and affectionate. Their kindness toward Pecola contrasts with the behaviors of self-righteous, respectable women such as Geraldine. In the novel’s next section, “Winter,” Claudia recalls when a group of black boys surrounded Pecola, calling her ugly and black, an expression and projec- 34 African-american writers tion of their own self-hatred.
Such an ideal situation, however, is not possible in a sexist environment that oppresses girls and women. Beloved Summary and Analysis Beloved takes place primarily in Cincinnati in 1873, eight years after the end of the Civil War, and opens with the past literally haunting the present. ” Sethe’s two sons have already run off. As the novel begins, Paul D, whom Sethe has not seen since they were both slaves 18 years before, shows up. His arrival causes Sethe to remember a past she has tried to forget.
The strength of Sethe’s love leads her almost to the point of death. Beloved examines the power of motherly love—both the goodness and protection it offers and the “thick,” excessive love that threatens destruction. ” Sethe wrongly believes that, with the return of Beloved, she has found peace. Her love for her children endures, but she does not find peace until she faces the painful past and the long shadows it has cast into her present life. M T E W A A C G Maya Angelou Toni Morrison Ernest Gaines Walter Dean Myers Alice Walker August Wilson Charles Johnson Gloria Naylor Ernest J.
African-American Writers (Multicultural Voices) by Amy Sickels