The fact that she gives up on the name that recalls her Jewish origins is considered to be a proof of her own anti-Semitism. It is very obvious that it is right from within the family that she receives the greatest pressure. This is the only clear act which she makes in order to better define her identity. She declares that she does not feel Jewish and this is how she motivates her act. This was also the easiest if not the only choice that she could do. Otherwise the colour of her skin remained what it was, constantly reminding her and everyone else about her mixed origins.
The idea of constant passage is a central theme to the book under analysis. The fact that the character detaches herself from her body has a very deep significance. It is generally declared that no type of social construct can deeply impact the construction of an individual's self. walker on the other hand demonstrates that society not only build identity (as perceived identity), but identity in a physical form. She can change one o her names, but she can not change her body, which is an incarnation of two races, two colours fighting for the hegemony upon her mind. Not being able to abandon this situation which she perceives as a fatal trap, she chooses to detach herself from her own body. The fact that her sensations and emotions are very sensual and lived through physical manifestations is another proof in this regard: "Beyond these qualifications, I do not have to define this body. I do not have to belong to one camp, place of a thousand hellos and a million good-byes." (Walker, 2000)
All in all it can be stated that Rebecca Walker makes a very strong point about the manner in which social dynamic tie race and gender in order to construct an identity for people, regardless of their deep self. she present the individual as being powerful in front of these dynamics and through this she makes a harsh critique to the contemporary society. The colour of the skin is such a strong factor that not only does it determine the perceived identity of a person, but the very identity of the inner self (touching all types of levels, including the sexual one).
Michels, T.J. "Black, white and Jewish: writer fits pieces together." Jewish news of Greater Phoenix, February 16, 2001/Shevet 23, 5761, vol. 53, no. 20, Retrieved May 15, 2010 from http://www.jewishaz.com/jewishnews/010216/black.shtml
Rosser, C. White and Jewish: autobiography of a shifting self, Review. Retrieved May 15, 2010 from http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0PBX/is_2_36/ai_107124231/
Saint Loius, C. White and Jewish: autobiography of a shifting self, Review. Retrieved May 15, 2010 from http://www.nytimes.com/books/01/01/21/bib/010121.rv111112.html
Siciliano, J. Black, White and Jewish: autobiography of a shifting self, Review. Retrieved May 12, 2010 from http://www.teenreads.com/reviews/1573221694.asp
Walker, R. Black, White and Jewish: how memory works. Riverhead hardcover. 2000
Walker, R. Black, White and Jewish: autobiography of a shifting self, Review. The Black Scholar. Retrieved May 13, 2010 from http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Review+essay:+performing+the+twenty-first+century+tragic+mulatto:...-a0215717105
" (Pettersson, 2006) Oral and written verbal art languages are both used for the purpose of information communication as well as information presentation with the reader and listener receiving an invitation to consider the information. The Narrative & the Symbolic The work of Abiola Irele (2001) entitled: "The African Imagination: Literature in Africa & the Black Diaspora" states that Hampate Ba "...incorporates the essential feature of the oral narrative at significant points
Feminism Summary of Story Cristina Tzintzun writes about the intersection between gender and racism in "Colonize This!" The author's identity has been shaped largely by antagonism toward her father, who claimed to be a liberal hippie but who was really a racist, sexist bastard. He cheated on her mother throughout their relationship, and when she was just three years old, Tzintzun witnessed him having sex with another woman. Tzintzun also claims that
Stalking Victimization in the United States Crime Victimization It wasn't until Rebecca Schaeffer was killed by Robert John Bardo in 1989 that the word 'stalking' began to take on a new meaning in popular culture, one associated with the pursuit of celebrities by the paparazzi, criminal harassment, and even serial killers (Nicol, 2006, pp. 18-20). A year later California responded by passing the first anti-stalking statute and within another year the other
The victim is often put into situations where they are physically deprived of the things they need to make appropriate decisions. For instance they may be deprived of sleep or food so that they can be more easily manipulated. Mental abuse may also involve teasing or name calling. In many cases the perpetrator is very aware of the victim's weaknesses and uses them to humiliate or subjugate the victim. Sexual
It also widened her female audience much further than the small group of upper-class women with whom she was acquainted (ibid). Overall, this work represented Lanyer as a complex writer who possessed significant artistic ambition and "who like other women of the age wrote not insincerely on devotional themes to sanction more controversial explorations of gender and social relations" (Miller 360). In her work, Lanyer issued a call to political action
Oddly enough, modern Judeo-Christian teachings overlook the important role that women played in the economic security of their households in the ancient Israel period. In ancient-Israel, households were largely self-sufficient. People did not specialize and trade was not a substantial part of the society. (Meyers, p.143). It seems likely that animals were stabled inside with people, on the first floor of the home, which also had space for other agricultural