This picture by Bruce Davidson exemplifies the theme “the other” by showing the struggle for equality in the Civil Rights act. There is a large group of colored people purposely marching forward. Martin Luther King Jr is marching with the group of people. Flags are being held while they are all holding each others hand. This is an example of unity that is used to push their cause. The photo is black and white which shows that the picture was taken in the 1960s, during the Civil Rights movement. (2) In the book, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, a man named Atticus Finch was representing a black man named Tom Robinson. He was one of the few in the town of Maycomb that believed the everyone was equal. Like this picture, Atticus and the colored community stuck together at time where change was necessary. This picture and the book as similar because they show what it is like to stand up for what’s right, no matter the cost. Martin Luther King Jr and the crowd of people marching behind him where fighting for their freedom and the opportunities they were denied since birth. In TKAM, the black community and their supporters wer fighting for an innocent man’s life.
The speech given by JFK exemplifies the theme “the other” by showing all the perspectives on the assasination of Martin Luther King Jr. He speaks about how the loss of King and how it affected the colored community. He says, “Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand and to comprehend, and to replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand with compassion and love” (Kennedy 4). JFK is trying to empthasize with the colored community about their loss and how instead of filling their grief with hate, that they should replace it with hope and compassion. In addition, he also says that as a country, we must preserve through the difficult times and hope for a better future. He stated, “We can do well in this country. We will have difficult times; we’ve had difficult times in the past; we will have difficult times in the future. It is not the end of violence; it is not the end of lawlessness; it is not the end of disorder” (9). JFK was stating that as a country, we can not ignore the problems at hand but instead to confront it. He was saying that we must brave through hardships. (2) In the book, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, there is a trial for a black man named Tom Robinson. The lawyer defending him, Atticus Finch, was upset that the prejudice in the town will cloud the judgement of the jury in the trial. He claims that the only person that feels any remorse for the trial are children. This means that the innocent are the only pure-hearted group of people at that time. These pieces of literature are similar because they present and confront problems instead of dismissing them. They teach real-world lessons about life and frustrations about prejudice.
(1) This poem exemplifies “the other” by showing what it means to rise above all of your challenges. Maya Angelou illustrates through her poem that because of the challenges the colored community faces, they have risen above and grown. Throughout “Still I RIse”, Angelou perspective is questioning the theoretical people that are prejudice. She asks, “Does my haughtiness offend you?/ Don’t you take it awful hard/ ‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines/ Diggin’ in my own backyard” (Angelou 5). She is explaining to the reader that she is happy, despite what her communities past has been. She also states, “You may shoot me with your words,/You may cut me with your eyes,/ You may kill me with your hatefulness,/ But still, like air, I’ll rise.” (6). She is saying that no matter what come at her, she will persevere. (2) In the book, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Atticus Finch was in a trial defending an African-American man in the 1930s. It was unexecptable at the time to be associated with the colored community but Atticus knew what he was doing was right. He knew beforehand that the people in Maycomb are very prejudice but he didn’t give up. He tried as hard as he could to win the case. Atticus was one of the first people in that area to prove a point on racial injustice at the time. These pieces of literature both prove that no matter what challenges that you face, perseverance and hope are essential. Angelou speaks about her ancestors past and how rising above the challenges they faced made her stronger. The novel emphasizes the point that giving up is never the answer. They both set a good example for readers and the world on how life is a challenge and the only way to get through it is to push through.
(1) “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr. exemplifies the “other” by fighting for the rights of those who have none. King spoke about the poverty and the lack of rights colored people had at the time and how that needed to change. He said, “We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice” (King 5). He explains that there is always opportunity for change and the black community deserves a chance for freedom. In addition, King also spoke about the manner of the movement. He explained, “In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline” (8). He was setting the tone that the way to gain freedom is to peaceful obtain it, rather than be violent. He knew that being the better man was the right way to gain respect. (2) In the book, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, there was a trial for a colored man named Tom Robinson. He was innocent but was still charged for the crime. Throughout the trial, a man named Atticus Finch fought for his freedom and he also tried to enlighten the citizens of the town to change their perspective on prejudice at that time. In the courtroom or in his house, Atticus spoke his opinion on the issue that was present in the society. The book is similar to the speech because they are both fighting for the rights for those who have none. They both draw attention to the problems of prejudice in the society and how the “others” at the time where discriminated against for something they couldn’t control. The two pieces of literature are trying to fight to have the opportunities that others have access to.