In the novel On Black Sisters Street by Chika Unigwe, there are four African American girls, Sisi, Joyce, Ama, and Efe, who all have in common one man. They have been brought together or united by obligation because of this powerful Nigerian businessman. Throughout the novel Chika Unigwe shows many situations where patriarchy takes place. “Patriarchy is a social system in which the role of the male as the primary authority figure is central to social organization, and where fathers hold authority over women, children, and property” (CC-BY-SA, 2003).The author represents Patriarchy in this novel because she wants to show the role that men take in society. Men in this novel are generally represented as drunks, murderers, rapists, weak, cold- hearted and pathetic. They have control over these four women. Oga Dele was a dominant character who connected these girls together. As each girl tells her story we wait for the part she’ll mention Dele. It’s almost like this man wrecked these girls’ lives even though he gave them a choice to prostitute themselves or keep living the life they were living. This man gives them false dreams and hope. He knows exactly what to say and knows how to manipulate. Ama says "Oga Dele just wanted to help. What choices did we have back home, eh? Oga Dele is trying to give happiness." And Joyce challenges Ama by responding “and are we really happy”. (Pg.98,99). He trys to make it seem like they will earn lots of money and at the same time they can pay him euros. “Every month I send gals to Europe. Antwerp. Milan. Madrid. My gals dey there. Every month, four gals. Sometimes five or more,” he boasts to Sisi when she first visits his office. He is actually benefiting himself and does not care about these women. Even if these women had a choice to sign a contract with him, there life styles push them to agree on it. “ Dele’s offer is brutally upfront: the fee he charges his “gals” for spiriting them into the longed-for West is 30,000 euros, a debt that, combined with the rent they will owe “Madam,” will take many years to repay. Yet each of these four women accepts Dele’s hard bargain, simply because their alternatives are worse.”( Fernanda Eberstadt). When Ama was a young girl she was raped by her step-father. She was forced to keep silence and told her secrets to her pink walls. Her mother was a Christian lady who was controlled by this man who they called Brother Cyril. There have been many cases in society today where child abuse or rape is allowed by the mother of the victim child. Ama trys to tell her mother one day and her mother responds with “Shut up Ama! Shut up. Mechie Onu” (Pg 125), along with a slap on the face. Her mother was too scared to defend her child, she was afraid a man was going to kick her out the house where she was living. This man is shown as a monster. Patriarchy takes place in this part of the story. He thinks he’s the man of the house so he has the power to rape an 8 year old girl and get away with it. He is extremely ignorant and does not care about how he has affected this young girl’s life forever. In society these men still exsits. They think they have the power to rape women of all ages just because they feel they have control or more power over them. According to Robert Jensen, Feminism challenges acts of male dominance and analyzes the underlying patriarchal ideology that tries to make that dominance seem inevitable and immutable. Second-wave radical feminists in the second half of the 20th century identified men’s violence against women—rape, child sexual assault, domestic violence and various forms of harassment—as a key method of patriarchal control, and made a compelling argument that sexual assault cannot be understood outside of an analysis of patriarchy’s ideology.” Ama has never had a real father and becomes a sex worker, the fact of the matter is she is trying to find a father figure in all these men she sleeps with and at the same time
Fresh lives in a crowded housing project apartment with his 11 cousins and she helps the childrean with anything but she is helpless against the dangers that children face in the streets. Sometimes he sees his dad, he a alcoholic who lives on the streets and supports himself by playing chess games for cash. he sees his sister, but she moved out of their aunt's apartment to live with a dealer. Her days pass in a sad way on drugs.Fresh knows a lot about drugs, and has a good relationship with a local…
narrator who remains nameless seems to be a young boy who is infatuated with his friend’s sister who is only referred to as “Mangan’s sister”. A story narrated by a young boy should be fun; instead it reminded me of a grey haired man who could not be with the one he loved which is very depressing. There is no sense of humor throughout the story which made me feel like if it were a movie, it would be in black and white. I believe that a story narrated by a young boy should have been more playful and…
Farewell to Manzanar
Jeannie- Daughter of papa and mama and sister and is brother and sister to Bill and Woody. Jeannie is the youngest child in the Japanese family.
Woody- His wife is Chizu who waves goodbye along with Mama, Jeannie and Ko when he is shipped off on a boat. Woody is the oldest sibling and brother to Bill and Jeannie. Mama and Papa are Woody’s parents.
Bill- Has a wife but the name is unknown. Bill is the second oldest sibling and…
My sister Krystal sat on the bed across from me as she usually does, before spilling her guts about her what happened in her latest relationship fiasco. She began to tell me that she thinks her boyfriend is cheating on her. She found random numbers texting obscene things to his cell phone. She called a couple of the numbers back but there was no answer. Krystal turned to me and asked, “What do you think I should do?”
I replied, “Do what you think is best”, knowing that…
unlike other people who belong. Like in paragraph 4 when she says “Negrohood who hold the nature somehow has given them a lowdown dirty deal and whose feelings are hurt about it”. Also she doesn’t let color define her as a person when she walks the street; she belongs to the human race not a color race. She never dwells on being colored. It does not depress her. She may feel discriminated but that does not affect her as a person. Only when she is in an all-white situation does she feel colored. It…
was an African American leader and a powerful person in the Nation of Islam; he was the one who spoke of the ideas of race pride and Black Nationalism in the 1960’s.
When Malcolm was a young boy, his father, Reverends Earl Little died getting hit by a streetcar. The rest of Malcolm’s was so poor that their mother started cooking dandelion greens from the street to feed everyone. In 1939, Malcolm’s mother, Louise Little was sent to an insane asylum, Malcolm and his siblings had to either go live…
WES MOORE: One Name And Two Fates--A Story Of Tragedy And Hope." Kirkus Reviews 78.5 (2010): 186. Academic Search Premier. Web. 20 Aug. 2013.
A story about two young African-American men who share the same name and grew up on the same inner-city streets, but wound up in vastly different places.
Author Wes Moore, a Rhodes Scholar, former Army officer and White House Fellow, works in investment banking. The other Wes Moore, a drug dealer, is imprisoned for life. Both are in their early 30s. Upon…
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Week Four - Homework and Reminders– RDG 091-8 week
December 1, 2012
Sixteen year old Katniss was the main character and narrator of the Hunger Games. After her younger sister, Prim, was chosen to participate in the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss volunteered to take her place as the female tribute from District 12. Gale is Katniss best friend and hunting partner. He is fiercely devoted to his family and to Katniss, and is a true rebel and visionary at…
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The autobiography of Malcolm X tells the life story of Malcolm X, a black male that
grew up a troubled teen turned criminal to become a renowned and controversial
speaker. Born Malcolm Little in Lansing, Michigan he transformed from a misbehaving
boy in school to a man who gave hope to black people . The book starts with Malcolm
telling about his childhood. Malcolm’s childhood was grim and thus set the tone of the
entire book. He introduces readers to his father who was an antiwhite…