Literature can be enjoyable and at the same time tedious. This class has been very interesting. Coming from a British background, I have truly enjoyed the works of the American writers and poets. I was educated and taken back to a historical time, which I had known little off.
There are two short stories, “The Lesson”, by Toni Cade Bambara and “Everyday Use”, by Alice Walker and one poem, “Homage to My Hips”, by Lucille Clifton that I have thoroughly enjoyed. These pieces have really emphasized a lot on the African-American woman and society. How could these writers and poet capture the essence of the African-American women in a society then? Why?
Literature is the ideal way to express one’s experiences. They have in their own unique way shared a part of their lives through writing; bringing myself as the reader to indulge in a mind captivating interpretation.
In this paper, I will discuss these pieces and the effects society then, had on these women.
In the short story, “The Lesson”, Toni Cade Bambara talks about a little girl, “Sylvia” (who is the narrator) and her socio-economic life in a northern African-American neighborhood.
“Back in the days when everyone was old and stupid or young and foolish me and Sugar were the only ones just right, this lady moved on our block with nappy hair and proper speech and no makeup”. “And quite naturally we laughed at her.” ( cited in DiYanni, 2007, p.427.) Miss Moore is unlike the other African American women in the neighborhood. She wore her hair in its natural curls, spoke proper English, attended college and went by her last name, “The only woman on the block with no first name.” ( cited in DiYanni, 2007, p.428.) She took the initiative to invest her time and education into the younger children in the neighborhood. “She’d been to college and said it was only right that she should take responsibility for the young ones’ education, and she not even related by marriage...