Comparison is made when there are points and issues for comparison and when something is common between them. While comparing, it goes without saying that what is not similar about them, the essential differences, need also to be told. Presently, the comparison is between selections from The Best American Essays of the Century: 'How It Feels to Be Colored Me' by Zora Neale Hurston (pages 114-17) and 'Notes of a Native Son' by James Baldwin (pages 220-38).
Both are African-Americana writers. The essays are personal narratives. They are autobiographical and coming from the pens of two powerful individuals possessing passionate writing skill, they immediately become attention-demanding. Both have walked through the torching black path of the American life, as applicable to the Negro race. The effects of their ideas and writing, becomes enduring for the readers on account of the devastating effects they create in the minds. The narrations are based on facts and suffering of the black race.
If one ponders the basic constructs of human civilization, it becomes apparent that society was set up to compete with the rest of Nature for food, power, and control. This creates a state in which the human animal feels alienated from the natural world. However, the continual separation of humanity from Nature is just nothing more than an illusion, as humanity can never be separated from their natural environment.read more
Zora Hurson's 'Sweet' and Andre Dubus ' Killing' presents similar yet also contrasting stories of love and hatred and commitment. Hurson's Sweet' talks about a marriage relationship in which the love that once felt by the couple had faded and all that was left were infidelity, and unfairness on the part of the man. Hurson's essay depicts a woman struggle in living with a husband who does not really love his wife. In a sense, the story brings to light the feelings of both the man and the wife in view of their unmet desire.read more
Zora Neale Hurston was talented folklorist and novelist. Her fame rests on the collection of African American folklore "Mules and Men" written in 1935. Her most famous novel written in 1937 is "Their Eyes Were Watching God". In this novel she described a journey of African American woman for her self-realization.read more
When Zero Coupon by Paul Erdman opens the main character, William (Willy) F. Saxton has just completed a three year plus one day sentence at the white-collar Federal Correctional Institution in Pleasanton, California for improprieties while selling junk bonds (Erdman). There is nothing illegal about selling junk bonds per se, but Erdman does not reveal the specific nature of Willy's crimeread more
Zane is Kristina Laferne Roberts, an African American author of erotic fiction. She is the daughter of a former elementary school teacher and a world-renowned theologian who authored nearly two dozen books. Zane was born and lives in Washington D.C. She has three children, and describes her life as "very boring" ("Zane"). All the same, she makes her books so interesting for her readers that between the years 2000 and 2004, eight of her sexually charged novels had been published; nearly three million copies had been sold; and even though the average book is said to have a shelf life of only a year or less, Zane's erotic books continued to sell (Christian).read more
Neil J. Salkind is my favorite theorist. He has written a series of books including an introduction to Theories of Human Development. Neil Salkind having taught at the University of Kansas for about 30 years in the psychology department has a diversified form of knowledge on human development. He is an active member in the society for research in Child Development. In this book he examines the development process by looking into a number of changes that happen as a result of interactions between the environmental and biological factors. He explains why the behavior of adults is more different from that of infants and why one stage of development follows the next and how it happens. The question of whether the changes that occur in life are predictable and smooth or abrupt is also discussed. From this examination one is able to understand what really happens from infancy through adulthood.
This book gives a detailed view of the primary theoretical models of human development from behavioral, biological, cognitive developmental perspectives and psychoanalytic. This comes in line a brief overview of the background to each of the approaches. This book also provides an application of these theories to a varied number of human development aspects which include sociobiology, individual differences, early intervention, and adolescence.
Nathaniel Hawthorne is a critically acclaimed author in world literature. He gained recognition as the writer behind the novel The Scarlet Letter. However, Hawthorne also penned many short stories, those which he is best known for. One of those short stories was Young Goodman Brown.read more
Known to be a grandson of a Puritan, Nathaniel Hawthorne can be called credible to know about the beliefs and practices of a Puritan family. He is well aware of the teachings and laws of Puritans regarding Christianity and family life. In his short story entitled Young Goodman Brown, he took a bold move in criticizing the Puritans. With the theme of sin and temptation, Hawthorne emphasized that even Puritans, despite their strong faith on good work and morality, are still susceptible in giving into temptation and sin. They are still vulnerable in being blinded by the evils of the world no matter what their status in the society is.read more
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