Racism is a prominent social issue in society today and occurs all over the world. I have recently read a short story by Alexander Reid and he carefully uses characterisation, language, key incidents and symbolism to portray this to us.
This short story ‘A Warm Golden Brown’ by Alexander Reid makes a strong point about direct and broad scope of racism. He shows that direct racism from the little boy’s mother to his friend comes through and influences him and also show the broad racism from his mother does not falter from personal feelings or experiences that she has or relating to her sons feelings.
Racism is an unfortunate common social issue throughout the world which people feel very strong about and have strong opinions on. There are many people affected in the world by this social issue. I have recently read a short story called ‘A Warm Golden Brown’ by Alexander Reid which portrays the social issue of racism. I will show how the writer’s portrayal on racism affected me by examining the characterisation, language, key incidents and symbolism of the short story.
Main Section Example 1- Ben
The main issue in the story is racism and in ‘A Warm Golden Brown’ racism is portrayed through the character of Ben. The social issue of racism is portrayed through Ben mainly because of the influence of his mother, Mrs Preedy. One of the quotes that shows that it is because of the influence of his mother is: ‘Answered Ben in a muffled voice and without looking up.’
This is when Ben is speaking to Daisy. This quote shows Ben doesn’t really want to speak and feels uncomfortable to talk. So we know that Ben knows what he is saying is wrong and that it is because of the influence of his mother because of the word ‘muffled’. Another quotation that shows the influence of Ben’s mother on him is
‘ “It’s because you’re a nigger,” he explained shamefully’