Sample Essay

The theme of sexism is also portrayed in the two stories. In the first story by Toni Bambara the theme is reflected not only in the language but also in the minds of the protagonists. In the first instance this is reflected when Sylvia is caught saying ‘And finally I say we oughta get to the subway cause it’s cooler an’ besides we might meet some cute boys. Sugar done swiped her mama’s lipstick, so we ready’[1].

In the case of Alexie Sherman’s because My Father Always Said He Was the Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at Woodstock the theme of sexism is also highlighted in a number of cases. Generally during the course of the story Victor’s mother is always portrayed as being very beautiful by the husband. That is why victor says ‘On another occasion, Victor’s father tells him about the first time that he danced with Victor’s mother, a conversation that leads his father into talking about how kids in Victor’s generation know nothing about romance or music.

Victor remembers how he used to stay awake at night listening to his parents making love, a concept that is alien to his white friends[2]. This also shows that the theme of sexism is very well much entrenched in their culture.

[1] http://cai.ucdavis.edu/gender/thelesson.html

 [2] Alexie, Sherman. Because My Father Always Said He Was the Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at Woodstock. Short Fiction Classic and Contemporary 6th ed. Charles, B and Lyman, G. p, 50-55.

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