Bless Me Ultima

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This provides a look into the narrator’s thoughts. She “wished” that she was “born a boy” because the “heroes” in books by “Horatio Alger” “were always boys.” Angelou provides this image to relate Marguerite’s wish to become a hero. This recurring pattern provides the reader with an understanding of how the literature reads affects her thoughts. This provides an illustration of the effects of the Depression. While it “hit” the whites with “cyclonic impact,” it “seeped” into the Black community “like a thief with misgivings. Angelou provides this image to explain the difference the Depression made to the separate areas. This recurring pattern provides the reader with an explanation to the difference the Depression had on each race. This provides a comparison of her father’s personality. He “sounded” “like a white man” rather than “a Negro,” and he could have been the “only brown-skinned white man in the world.” Angelou provides this symbol to exhibit the oddity of her father. This recurring pattern provides the reader with the narrator’s interpretation of her father. This provides a look into the mind of the narrator. She believed she was “an orphan” who was “picked up” so Bailey could have “company.” Angelou provides this image to communicate her opinion about her connections to her parents. This recurring pattern provides the reader with an understanding of why Marguerite feels she doesn’t belong.

“I read more than ever, and wished my soul that I had been born a boy. Horatio Alger was the greatest writer in the world. His heroes were always good, always won, and were always boys.” Pg.75 “The Depression must have hit the white section of Stamps with cyclonic impact, but it seeped into the Black area slowly, like a thief with misgivings.” Pg. 50

“He sounded more like a white man than a Negro. Maybe he was the only brown-skinned white man in the world.” Pg. 58

“Bailey was his son, true enough, but I was an orphan that they picked up to provide Bailey with company.” Pg. 55

Identity

Identity

Identity

Identity

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IdentitySilenceIdentityIdentityIdentityIdentityIdentity| “I was really white and because a cruel fairy stepmother, who was understandably jealous of my beauty, had turned me into a too-big Negro girl” pg. 2-3“We’d have to tell her that Shakespeare was white, and it wouldn’t matter to her whether he was dead or not.” Pg. 14“With the heavy knowledge that they were going to end the season as they started it. Without the money or credit necessary to sustain a family for three months.” Pg. 9“My uncle and every other Black man who heard of the Klan’s coming ride would scurry under their houses to hide” pg. 18“When I was described by our playmates as being shit color, he was lauded for his velvet-black skin.” Pg. 22“He couldn’t pretend that he wasn’t crippled, nor could he deceive himself that people were not repelled by his defect.” Pg. 11“In Stamps, the segregation was so complete that most Black children didn’t really, absolutely know what whites looked like.” Pg. 25| This shows a window into the mind of the narrator. She imagines she is “really white” who is her vision of “beauty,” but she was cruelly made into a “too-big Negro girl” who she feels is ugly. This recurring pattern tells the reader an understanding of how segregation affects her self-image.This says an explanation of reading choice. They chose not to read “Shakespeare” because they would “have to” tell Momma the author was “white,” and she wouldn’t care if he was “dead or not.” This recurring pattern provides the reader with an awareness of the discrimination towards whites.This provides a look into the surrounding struggle. The Store’s customers would go without enough “money or credit” to support a family for “three months.” Angelou provides this image to explain the trouble they faced with the...
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