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Voicethreads 4 and 5

by: Haille Saal

Voicethreads 4 and 5 AFAS 160D1 - 001

Haille Saal

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The script for voice threads 4 and 5 on Parable of the Sower and Nat Turner and Dubois and Washington.
Introduction to African American Literature
Bryan Carter
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Haille Saal on Monday September 26, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to AFAS 160D1 - 001 at University of Arizona taught by Bryan Carter in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 18 views. For similar materials see Introduction to African American Literature in African Studies at University of Arizona.


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Date Created: 09/26/16
Nat Turner and Lauren both grew up in extreme conditions and were raised within religious communities, however Turner is much more religious and a lot of symbolic things are happening in his life, such as the two angels fighting with each other, representing dark and light, or whites and blacks. Whereas, Lauren has a different view of God and religion. She creates her own religion and believes that God is and represents change, because that is the only thing that has been constant in her life. Page 195, “All that you touch, you change, all that you change, changes you, the only lasting truth is change. God is change.” Which just reiterates that she does not believe in christianity, which was outside the norm, instead she lead people to follow earthseed. Religion was a factor in Nat’s opinions in regards to change, going back to the dream about the angels, he felt it was a message from God saying he needed to be the change. He feels he was being led by God to lead a slave uprising against the white race. Lauren’s condition of hyperempathy was a huge factor in her change as a person. The condition was seen as a weakness at the beginning, but then she overcomes and deals with it, using it as an advantage. She changed due to her condition because she was forced to learn how to live as normal as she could with it. Both characters were put through severe suffering growing up, with Lauren killing her drug addict mother at birth and growing up in a dangerous place where no one understands her and Nat being raped and surrounded by slavery. However, now they are both considered as leaders, Lauren leading people to earthseed and Nat leading people out of slavery. Both characters overall, turned into strong powerful leaders and were forced to grow up. Lauren was a teenager and blossomed into an independent woman who learned how to handle her condition. Nat had his ideal vision turned around and become a strong voice for his people. As for the aspect of voice, I think first person is not as reliable, whereas third person you see an omniscient view of characters and what is happening. Lauren’s view is more reliable because she is seeing and feeling more than one point of view, rather than Turner’s view. You cannot grab a real sense of the emotions involved and when you can, readers can understand the stories on a deeper level. WEB Dubois and Booker T. Washington had their respective, but completely opposite viewpoints regarding black social and economic progress within the 19 and 20 centuries. Washington’s believed in social progress and self worth, while Dubois was more scholarly and believed ideas and principles in society as a whole, was the solution. Washington’s work was based on the philosophy of self-help and social harmony including that if blacks could prove themselves to be valuable, productive members of society, then they deserved fair treatment. I agree with most of Washington’s points however, not his full beliefs which include him believing that blacks should just accept being discriminated against for the time being, setting aside any demands for civil rights and work to better themselves individually. I don’t agree with this because I think sitting back and continuing to let whites oppress blacks, would only elevate its severeness and become harder to fight in the long run. I believe every human being should have the right to equality and an equal part and say in society, which isn’t something that should be earned over time. Which is why I strongly believe in Dubois viewpoint on the matter. Dubois criticized Washington’s standpoint by saying that his plan would only perpetuate white oppression. Page 679: “Dubois believed that ideas and principles, not slogans and personalities were essential to the eradication of the many forms of bigotry and inequality” In his book, The Souls of Black Folks, he expresses his outrage with the hardships African americans had been going through. He was considered a radical because of his high demands that racial equality be immediate. I believe that Dubois was a bigger activist for equality than Washington. His main goal was to entirely wipe out white oppression, while being a protest activator and he believed in the gradualist political strategy which was very much focused on blacks becoming book smart so that they could get anywhere in life. He advocated heavily for political action, voting rights and a civil rights agenda after becoming the first black man to earn a Phd from Harvard University. Dubois strongly believed that continuous education and civil rights were the only way to true equality, stating that Washington’s path of acceptance would only reinforce blacks as second class citizens to whites. He was devoted to mentoring college-educated black people to become leaders of their race. Dubois believed in the idea of the talented tenth of the black population who would rise up to lead the black masses through their intellectual accomplishments. Overall, my beliefs coincide more with Dubois rather than Washington because of Dubois’ will to work for what you want and not sit around to wait for things to happen.


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