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Race And Alienation This Analytical Essay Describes A Person Who Has Been Alienated And How He/She Is Similar To A Character In "To Kill A Mockinbird"

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Race and AlienationHarriet Tubman was an extordinary woman, in a way she was known as the Moses of her people. During a ten-year span as an Underground Railroad Conductor, she made 19 trips into the South and escorted over 300 slaves to freedom. And, as she once proudly pointed out to Frederick Douglass, in all of her journeys she "never lost a single passenger." (Tubman) Soon after the outbreak of the Civil War, Harriet Tubman served as a soldier, spy, and a nurse for the Union Army. But for all of her accomplishments she was alienated because she was black. No matter what she did not many people were truly willing to acknowledge her for her deeds, till much later in time. Even at a young age Harriet Tubman had always been willing to stand up for people. When she had been young, Harriet Tubman had blocked a doorway to protect another field hand from an angry overseer. The overseer picked up and threw a two-pound weight at the field hand. It fell short, striking her on the head. She never fully recovered from the blow, which subjected her to spells in which she would fall into a deep sleep. The event was one moment of alienation, because when the overseer picked up the weight and threw it at the escaping field; he was disregarding Harriet Tubman as a person. Because if he did wouldn't have thrown if he did, as his actions caused an almost irreparable damage to her only increasing the amount of alienation she received. Possibly the worst act of alienation committed against her was when she was denied payment for her wartime service, she was than forced, after a bruising fight, to ride in a baggage car on her return to Auburn N.Y. The act of alienation showed the blatant disrespect the Union had for her even after she had served the Union faithfully during the war, merely because she was black.Harriet Tub man's alienation can be compared to that of the character Tom Robinson, they are both in a way the Mockingbirds of the story who are misjudged or given a false impression. "To Maycomb, Tom's death is typical. Typical of a nigger to cut and run. Typical of a nigger's mentality to have no plan, no thought for the future, just run blind first chance he saw."(Lee 240) People that are given a false impression or a bad stereotype, stick with it for a long time, and with a mindset like that it is very easy for people to consider black people as inferior. For example when the Ewells testified against Tom Robinson, it was a white mans word against that of a black man. Harriet and Rom are truly alike in terms of their actions."Remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss....

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