f. Walker’s novel explores the effects of what it means to be without equal civil or human rights. The characters live during a very racially divided time in the era of sharecropping; lynching; forced submission to the majority; and the knowledge that black people in the time of Walker’s novel were not viewed as being full human beings. With any population, what are the consequences of a lack of opportunity (equal rights as related to education; employment; economic class; marriage; ownership of property)? Compare and contrast this historical context in the novel with one source that explores how far this society has evolved. In addition, how much farther do we have to go to ensure equality? How does modern society define success and upward mobility? Is it just about money? Does our society take freedom for granted or are we truly aware of the sacrifices of those who came before we got here? Are we as a nation truly free and equal? How or how not? Compare and contrast aspects of Walker’s novel with one outside source and make an argument about your claims.
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” —Article 1 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Black people in the time of Walker’s novel were not viewed as being full human beings. The characters live during a very racially divided time in the era of sharecropping; lynching; forced submission to the majority. The major theme of the novel is the harm inflicted on the black community, both by their own cycle of violence and the racially motivated hatred of Negroes in the South. There was always a white racist violence towards the African Americans at the time. It was an on-going situation in America. Therefore, the black communities are very united in order to go against racism. However, they go against each other by abusing the women, mentally, physically, and sexually, these are the consequences of his own black parents’ abusive attitude towards...
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