How does Taylor use the structure and language of chapter 5 and 6 of this novel to explore racism effectively?
In the chapters 5 and 6, the audience can see the increasing problem of racism faced by the Logan family. During chapters 5 and 6, the writer, Mildred Taylor demonstrates how the different characters have different reactions to racism. This is displayed effectively by the structure and language used throughout the chapters.
Big Ma is portrayed as a wise character, who knows a lot about racism and discrimination, she uses her personal experience to try and stop Uncle Hammer going to the Simms. This is shown when Big Ma cries, “Don’t go making unnecessary trouble!” From Big ...view middle of the document...
” The audience can sense the fear from Big Ma, by the adjectives “frightened” and “nervous,” suggesting that she knows a lot about discrimination and is frightened that her family may get hurt, if Uncle Hammer visits the Simms. The comma after the verb “eyes” put more emphasized on the audience of her eyes being focused with fear on Uncle Hammer implying that she knows what could happen next. Big Ma is also shown to be a very level-headed, with her comment to Cassie, “Do like I say,” the imperative “do,” shows Big Ma making Cassie apologize, this reveals to the audience that she is aware of the consequences that could happen afterwards.
However, Taylor illustrates Cassie as a young black girl, who is beginning to discover racism from the white people. Cassie shows her lack of understanding about racism when she is in the market and tells Mr Barnett, “I think you forgot you were waiting upon us ‘fore you was waiting on this girl here.” The audience can sense that Cassie is unaware of the racism by her polite tone, when she speaks to Mr Barnett. When Cassie tried to remind Mr Barnett, the powerful verb “forgot” creates astrong effect within the audience, showing Cassie’s lack of understanding on the depth of racism, as she couldn’t understand why a white girl would be served before her. This is further consolidated when Big Ma makes Cassie apologize to a Lillian Jean but Cassie thinks that Big Ma should of stood up for her. This shown through her conversation with Stacey “She didn’t have to do nothin’! She’s grown just like that Mr Simms and she should’ve stood up for me.” This reprimand is effective because it shows to the audience that she doesn’t understand the situation and consequences afterwards if she didn’t apologize. Taylor has successfully illustrated this through the use of sentences whilst Cassie talks about Big Ma; this evokes more emotion to the audience.
In the same way, Taylor has demonstrated Cassie as a feisty, fiery tempered girl who isn’t willing to accept being discriminated. This is shown when Cassie yells at Mr Barnett, ‘“I ain’t nobody’s little niggar!” I screamed angry and humiliated.’ The audience can visualize the rage and extreme anger of Cassie, as this is the first time she has been named a “niggar.” The cruel adjective “niggar” is effective as it makes Cassie fight back for injustice and discrimination, as she claims that she “ain’t anybody’s little niggar.” Cassie states that she feels “angry,” by the racism of being called a “niggar” but she also feels “humiliated” by being in a white person’s store and to having them all looking at her. The short statement creates a powerful impact among the audience, as it isn’t unusual for a black girl to stand up with so many white people around. However, the adjective “little” shows that Mr Barnett has acknowledge that Cassie is only a child, and therefore is fighting for her sense of injustice.
But, Stacey has been shown to be a protecting and caring older brother...