American Criticism In Short St


Nineteen-Fifty-Five by Alice Walker and On the Road by Langston Hughes both use a wide variety of implicit and explicit criticisms of American society within their short stories. Both essays focus on White culture vs. Black individuality. This focus opens the door to implicit criticisms such as racism, hypocrisy and discrimination. These examples are especially prevalent in the story On the Road. Hughes gives an image that focuses on looks and money, instead of feeling and good spirit. There are a few explicit examples, like the fact that people should assume White culture to be the important people over Black culture. This seems to be quite typical in the story Nineteen-Fifty-Five, which ...

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Hughes' story On the Road, there are quite a few examples of explicit criticism. This will be illustrated with a series of quotes, along with a brief explanation of the meaning or reason for stating that quote. On page 471 in the "Introduction to Literature" book (this book contains the short stories), Sargeant, who is the protagonist of the story, says, "I know it's a white folks" church, but I got to sleep somewhere". Sargeant spoke this line after some white people yelled at him for trying to get into "their" church for a place to sleep. It is discrimination pushed to a maximum when these white people would not even let a harmless black fellow use there church just to sleep in for the evening. It is not like he would cause any damage or ruckus. On page 473 the officer in the prison which Sargeant was taken to hits Sargeant hard on the knuckles and says, "Shut up, you crazy coon." "Coon" was the word that was used to describe people who were black. It was very racist, and ...

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