We decided as a class to nominate three short stories to read which is “The lesson” and “Everyday use” and “How to date brown girl , white girl ….”. Those three stories were chosen by our class because they were the most interesting for all of us. our teacher asked us to compare and contrast those three stories to understand them better and get the actual message that the writer want to convey through his/her writing.
The three stories are addressing issues that the underrepresented communities face in the U.S.A. The “lesson ” is discussing how poverty affects the life of the kids from low-income class. They didn’t have the privilege to get an education because they were born and raised in the ghetto New York which reflect on their behavior from the way they talk to the way they behave and view their lives. The story “Everyday Use ” discusses the same issue about how hard it is to get an education for people from underrepresented groups. Dee wanted to receive an education in an era where people from her social class and race are not allowed to have an education. She eventually had to leave everything behind to achieve her goal which ultimately created a problem for her. The theme for “Everyday Use ” and “The lesson” are conveying how important education is . while “Everyday Use ” are proposing an argument about the significance of “Heritage ” vs The significance of “education” . “The lesson ” The whole is proposing a lecture from one prespective and a reaction from the people who are being lectured.
The story “How to date a brown ,white, black and halfie girl” is similar with the stories “The lesson ” and “Everyday use ” because they are all narrated from underrepresented point of view but ““How to date a brown ,white, black and halfie girl” is addressing a problem with social class and race insecurities and the author didn’t end the story with a resolution instead he is teaching us how to hide these insecurities and to be ashamed of who we are. That doesn’t help in the long term because it helps sustaining the existing issues instead of proposing a resolution.
The issues that the United States face has to be addressed and everybody has to speak up . Therefore, people can be more aware of the existing problems in the U.S . The more that people speak up the more that we have awareness and problems can be solved. It is also important to integrate different points of views and it’s important to live in an integrated society.
These issues are so important to be addressed because all humans deserve to get basic life necessities. Education should be a right for everyone and no one has to struggle to get this right .Tags: ELLIS Preparatory Academy