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Pan Renllin

Professor Li
WR097
Basic summary of "The Back of The Bus"
Feb 10th, 2013

Summary of "The Back of The Bus"
             
In the essay,  "The Back of The Bus,” author Mary Mebane shares an usual ride in a bus on a Saturday morning she had which inspires her. The purpose of writing this essay is using her personal experience to demonstrate what it was like and how people were able to overcome their struggle for equal rights under legal segregation.          

To start with, the author indicates the stage of her life situation. Her lifetime is important from a historical perspective. Mebane points out the fact when comparing with most Americans, her life was full of oppression from segregation. To illustrate that, she describes an event in Saturday morning when she was a young girl. She describes that morning by using a listing method showing the climate, stores, people and traffic. The purpose of the description is to establish the setting. And she continues to tell about the bus riding. At first, Mebane explains the special seat rule in that period as follows: White people and black people would sit in different sections. Black people are required to sit in "colored" area which are behind the exit door. And there's also a special seat called "no-man's land" that everyone could seat if the seats were full. Then she turns to main story of this essay following the progress of the event and timeline. The author flashed back about "look back" which told that her father didn't allow her to get a ride. It can be informed that she lived in a society full of discrimination against black. Thus, she talks about what happened later when she was taking the bus. She gives a very detailed description of the bus in order to let the reader has picture of the setting. The seat were almost full and the problem was that a black man was sitting in the "no man's land" which made her feel nervous. At that...
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