A Summarry Of Ann Petry's ''like A Winding Sheet''

618 words - 2 pages

LIKE A WINDING SHEETLike a Winding Sheet, written by Ann Petry in 1945, is a story that begins with a black man's tough day at work, but takes a twisted turn. Johnson comes home after a hard day planning to kick his feet up and enjoy a relaxing evening at home with his wife, Mae. The bad sense of humour Mae possesses begins to send Johnson over the edge and suddenly, something in him snaps. Johnson brutally beats his wife, quite possibly killing her. This story is very shocking, exposing to us a reality of our society, racism. In this essay I will try to show you that racism, specially in the United-States, can be a source for an imprisonment feeling for individuals, in this case, the black community. I will first show you how Johnson might have felt imprisoned at work, then at the café, and finally I will show you that the general pressure made on John was the reason for his final burst of violence.First, it is shown in the text that John has difficulty getting up in the morning. Though it is implicit, I think this shows that John has a problem, that he is uncomfortable in the world and knows it will painful to once again go work at his oppressing job. He then gets up and arrives at work late. When his boss notices his being late, he yelled at him and made him feel look nothing. This passage lets us know that John's workplace is very oppressing. The workplace is a very social environment, being black, John must feel oppressed because of the way people act in general with him. Also, being black, he probably has to do more then other white people. John had to live with these inequalities and could not do anything without risking...

Find Another Essay On A summarry of Ann Petry's ''Like a winding sheet''

a statistical comparison between the two types of newspapers, a broad sheet and a tabloid

1481 words - 6 pages The purpose of this investigation is to make a statistical comparison between the two types of newspapers, a broad sheet and a tabloid. In this investigation the following questions will be answered:Does the language of an article affect or determine what groups of people are most likely to read a certain newspaper?Is there a connection between popularity and circulation?I believe newspapers, which have a low readability, are aimed at people who

"Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl" By Harriet Ann Jacobs: A Look At Oppression

1281 words - 6 pages remarkable how the same book, the bible, is used both as a way to keep the slaves docile and moral with threats of hell and tenets like "Thou shalt not kill," while at the same time using the holy book to justify the existence of slavery and the moral superiority of the white race and the male sex. It's horribly hypocritical, and is just one of the psychological forms of oppression introduced by the white slave owners, claiming to be somehow

A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe

1410 words - 6 pages the presence of high spaces like mountains and hills. The intention of Ann Radcliffe is to create a link and mediation between high places and low ones along all the narration. In spite of detailed descriptions are frequent imprecision: locations are wrong situated, and big mistakes regards the topography of the places; an example can be the confusion between Alps and Apennines.A Sicilian Romance ::: CharactersCharacters are stereotyped: Julia

Life is Like a Game of Soccer

1134 words - 5 pages experiences throught our lives, and once the game is over we celebrate with our team, or with family. Life is like a game of soccer in terms of important people, accomplishments, obstacles, and perseverance. While there are many similarities in life and a game of soccer, they do have their differences. For an example, when hurt during a game of soccer, players could easily recover from those injuries compared to the injuries given to us in life, such

End-Winding Analysis in order to minimize the Circulating Current in a Large Synchronous Generator

1174 words - 5 pages to calculate the effectiveness and resultant losses of these cases. As mentioned later, by the use of an appropriate transposition in slot area, both main and leakage fluxes inside the machine are the same for all transposed strands bundle in active part and consequently the induced voltage difference in each strand in a bundle is negligible. However, the currents flowing in the end winding of the generator produce leakage flux in the slot region

Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, and Harriet Ann Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

1370 words - 5 pages within ourselves. Even leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. had tactics that he would practice when in front of national leaders, and those which he incorporated into his daily and personal life as a means to remain strong. We can observe this “micro-level resistance” to relevant injustices through the lives of individuals such as portrayed in two novels: Kate Chopin’s fictional work, The Awakening, and Harriet Ann Jacobs’ slave narrative and

A Jungian Analysis of How Like a God

999 words - 4 pages A Jungian Analysis of How Like a God Isaac Asimov was certainly correct when he stated that the writer of a story doesn't necessarily know everything about it. The author, Brenda W. Clough, claims not to have had an acquaintance with Carl Jung's work when writing How Like a God.  However, the architecture of the book is strikingly Jungian.   In the beginning of the novel, the main character, Rob has very little interest in his

like a hurricane

996 words - 4 pages Like a Hurricane The book begins with a description of the taking of Alcatraz in 1969. Like many of the Native American attempts to gain recognition for their cause, the takeover starts out promising, but soon decays into a logistical nightmare. The taking of Alcatraz did have a reasonable logic to it. Pursuant to treaties, any abandoned federal land was to be granted to Native Americans. Native Americans were simply claiming their rights

Like A Virgin

1191 words - 5 pages The song “Like a Virgin” by Madonna is often misinterpreted. The song title often throws many people off. If you were to listen to the song you will probably misunderstand the meaning of the song along with many others. The song “Like a Virgin” was not originally written by Madonna. This song was written by two men with the names of Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg. Billy started writing the song after he had been involved in a very emotionally

Race Like a Girl

1256 words - 6 pages to win the championship in her class, which is called Street Trophy. She made some great accomplishments her first year of racing and she proved a huge point: just because she’s a girl, doesnt mean she can't compete with the boys. Looking at Taylor she doesn’t seem like the type of person that drives a racecar. She is very short with blonde hair and blue eyes. She has a fairly high-pitched voice and tends to be a girly-girl most of the time

Thinking Like a Mountain

1102 words - 5 pages asserts in his essay, “Thinking Like a Mountain”, that we must examine our relationship with nature and alter it to match that which the mountain has long maintained. As a graduate from Yale University with a degree in forestry, Leopold himself should understand the significance of cultivating such a relationship. However like much of society, a young Leopold was ignorant of this importance. He was unable to conclude that humans must change their

Similar Essays

A Closer Look At Like A Winding Sheet

924 words - 4 pages In the story, Like a Winding Sheet, author Ann Petry depicts a tale of a hard working man and his internal battle with anger, self-realization and the daily woes of being black in America. At the end of the story his wife, Mae Johnson, becomes the recipient of the anger Johnson has held so. close to him. Through symbolism, style, and mood, Petry allows the character to embrace the world around them, leaving me questioning the subject of

Like A Winding Sheet A Passage Of This Essaye Has Been Inspired By The Cheathouse.Com Bank... Good Stuff Dudes! Good Luck

623 words - 2 pages Like a Winding Sheet, written by Ann Petry in 1945, is a story that begins with a black man's tough day at work, but takes a twisted turn. Johnson comes home after a hard day planning to kick his feet up and enjoy a relaxing evening at home with his wife, Mae. The bad sense of humour Mae possesses begins to send Johnson over the edge and suddenly, something in him snaps. Johnson brutally beats his wife, quite possibly killing her. This story is

A Sheet Of The Sun By Alex Duke

566 words - 2 pages On August 6, 1945, at approximately 8:15 a.m., a "noiseless flash" appeared in the sky over the city of Hiroshima. John Hersey's Hiroshima does a thorough job explaining what life was like just before, during and after "the bomb" was dropped. It also covers what is believed to be the most controversial moral question asked by many around the world: Why did we drop the bomb? Many people have asked this question over the years, but what they don't

A Statistical Comparison Between The Two Types Of Newspapers, A Broad Sheet And A Tabloid

1457 words - 6 pages The purpose of this investigation is to make a statistical comparison between the two types of newspapers, a broad sheet and a tabloid. In this investigation the following questions will be answered:Does the language of an article affect or determine what groups of people are most likely to read a certain newspaper?Is there a connection between popularity and circulation?I believe newspapers, which have a low readability, are aimed at people who