Similarily, in his article, “The Library Card,” Richard Wright describes his struggle and frustration that he faces in the process for borrowing books due to the Jim Crow laws and his reaction towards the unfair treatment of Negros in the South.
I believe that most students in the world have experienced some from of racism during their school years, either from teachers, from their peers, or through an overt or covert curriculum.
Graduation is the best day of ever young kids life, its almost as important as learning to read and write.
But in reference to both being very important, racism and segregation has played the biggest factor of them all in both “Graduation” and “The Library Card.” “Graduation,” by Maya Angelou describes the anger from racism and pride of graduation day at her segregated school.
Though Wright was prohibited by the Jim Crow laws to borrow books from the library, he imbibed knowledge of learning to read and write from the help of Mr. To show the high degree of security Wright felt in asking Mr. However, Jim Crow laws prevented Wright from fulfilling his desire.
Falk for his library card and for breaking the Southern White’ Law. Thus, he feels dissatisfied for being a Negro and not being able to pursue his desire.
But in contrast to racism and segregation in these two essays, they both show that, in order for African Americans to survive they have to overcome far more situations than just whites., they had to show pride, self-respect, and courage to keep fighting through hard times.
Both Maya Angelou and Richard Wright utilized various similar and distinct ideas.
She was proud of her race and proud to be graduating due to her full academic accomplishments. Wright terms desire of freedom into “vague, unformed yearning” (Wright 433) because he had never before been enlightened to the freedom of such a degree as he had been from reading.
“The Library Card,” by Richard Wright had contrasted various similar ideas as to Maya Angelou. Falk was an Irish Catholic and was hated by the white Southeners. This enlightenment makes him desire freedom further.