Coming of Age in Mississippi
Coming of Age in Mississippi by Ann Moody is detailing the experiences while growing up as a black woman in rural Mississippi before and during the civil rights movement. The memoir covers Ann’s life from her childhood to adulthood. It provides a fascinating glance at the lives of Negroes working in the plantations several years before the start of civil rights movement. It clearly outlines the poverty, desperation and suffering experienced by blacks who worked for the whites in their homes (Moody 2011, 15). The book presents a unique approach employed by the author when confronted with the issues of racism and most of all, dealing with the rights of African- American people. This paper will be based on the argument that, it is prudent to be critical and decisive enough not to follow the popular consensus, but rather to pursue a personal belief, which is based on sound reasoning.
The above argument holds waters because there are many people who come in handy during times of crisis and offer ideas as a solution to the prevailing problem. Most often, these ideas are usually so good to let go and they serve as the best alternatives at disposal. Most of the people are easily pursued into embracing these ideas because they are apparently in desperate need for a solution at the moment. They fear to pose a challenge to what is taken as the normality (Howlett, Rogo and Gabiola 2013, 8).
Nevertheless, Ann Moody presents a different perspective as far as handling such issues is concerned. She is found criticizing openly at something that other blacks could not even attempt to do in silence. For instance, after she gradually matures into politics during her high school life, she expresses her disgust for black people because of their conduct. She felt that the blacks contributed in some way towards downgrading of their lives under the whites. This is because; the blacks were initially not bold enough to refuse oppression from the whites especially when working in their farms (Moody 2011, 8). They did not put as much effort as necessary to contain the situation before it got out of hand. Instead, they feared raising an alarm, lest they get fired from their jobs and eventually having their families starve to death.
One of the most outstanding themes in this story is the manner in which the author expresses pure honesty in her views. She gives an honest opinion concerning any issue that affects her life without being belittled by the status of the individual or what other would say. The fact that she gives her positive and negative feelings about something is very impressive given that she grows gradually in the autobiography. During her former years, she is very honest when expressing her feelings about her dad after he left them for another woman. She is also very disgusted by the irresponsible behavior of George Lee after he claimed that she was the one who lit their house, thereby making her to be thoroughly beaten by her...