American Studies Part I essay



Thebook is majorly focusing on the American society and mainly people ofthe western America in the twentieth century. Many revolutions hadoccurred, and the population of this region had at that timecomprised of many races ranging from the African-Americans, Mexican,and West Indies, Chinese and Japanese immigrants. These people wereprompted to move to America due to different reasons such as theearly Africans who were laborers while other prompted to such forjobs and education but later become settlers in Los Angeles by the20thcentury[CITATION Lau05 l 1033 ].Their integration has resulted in different perceptions of peoplebasing on their racial and ethnic diversity.

Mixedmarriages this has been depicted in the story as the differentethnics groups stayed together, there arose cases where theindigenous people began to intermarry with the flowing inpopulations. The author believes that this coming intermarriages weremore of building racism than fighting discrimination. Religiousleaders, parents, and teachers would insist on racial groupings fromchildren to adult people secluding themselves from the other racesand mainly from the Americans[CITATION Lau05 l 1033 ].

Moralbehavior indeed upheld but, the poverty levels experienced by theminor populations who moved to this states got prompted inparticipating in sexual activities such as prostitution for money.The sexual infiltrations were not only based on morality but also inthe marriages and dating lives as seen. The fulfilments in theprostitution were also biased based on the races and superioritycomplex. For instance, the African-American women charged the whiteprospects higher compared to that for men of a similar race for theservices. On the hand, white women charged it expensively compared towhat other ethnic women charged. Despite the white women`sparticipation in these practices they were not blamed for immoralitybut on the non-white women were the sacrificial lamb for the wickedcharacter[CITATION Lau05 l 1033 ].


Dinnerat Eight

Asthe society presents itself in the Dinner at Eight films, the classis becoming a target factor for every individual. The class referredis considered as the prestigious wealth owned by the stable families,their strength, and abilities in businesses. The kind of prestigeportrayed by the wealthy Lord and Lady Ferncliffe`s residentialhotel. The Packard also feels they are rich and also can be veryinfluential in many businesses. The show their pride and financialability when Dan Packard agrees to buy some company stock but laterfeel frustrated after learning that the richest couple in the countrywas also invited to attend the dinner. The rivalry between the twocouple the Packard and the Lord shows a class of majesty feeling, andeveryone want to proclaim themselves wealthy and better to seebusinesses at sound levels[CITATION Mar05 l 1033 ].

Consequently,we also find out that some other individuals were treated aslow-class people, and even their esteem is too low until they haveaccepted to be overwhelmed by the situation. It is clear that Olivercould not afford to buy the stock from Carlota and later the Packardboasts after accepting the deal unable to be met by Oliver[CITATION Mar05 l 1033 ].Similarly, Millicent feels happy after the royal couple accepts toattend the dinner and this show that she feel so upheld to associatewith the family.

Marriagecritically traversed in the play. Dan`s wife is very oppressive anddemanding and feels that they are a wealthy class. In the play,marriage is not respected, and its fundamental essence ofcompanionship is nowhere near any recognition. Millicent is notconcerned about her husband`s health condition, and thus no socialsupport offered. Secondly, marriage is far much occupied by the malechauvinism all that is being fought against in the feminine critique.It also revealed when Paula is asked to forget about the affair shehad with Larry Renault. Marriages are a field of unfaithfulness asopposed to what George Eliot expects[CITATION Bar02 l 1033 ].Dan`s wife, Kitty had an affair with Dr. Talbot and later found withcontroversies on the phone by his wife, Lucy. The sexual exploitationof women is discouraged in the feminine critique but isfound to be a factor of intersection between characters despite theobscenity. Finally, marriage becomes the uniting factor for thecouples after commitment and forgiveness[CITATION Mar05 l 1033 ].

TheBlacker the Berry

Racialdiscrimination is widespread all over many nations but, as Wallacedescribes it in its book in the USA, we learn how people suffer fromself-esteem deficiency. Personal identification neither seems tosolve anything nor earn any acceptance in this society. The personawent through a series of negligence from every place she visits[ CITATION Thu08 l 1033 ].

Thewhole population has been made to believe being black is associatedwith all worst kinds of abilities thought of in the USA. People of asimilar race to Emma Lou all turn her down despite being the bestcharacters in most cases. She takes good care of Alva Jr. after thebiological mom Geraldine leaves. A racial jury on the persona hasgiven her more trouble to all her efforts in this society[ CITATION Thu08 l 1033 ].

Sexualexploitation portrayed from the scene as a friend to our characterdumped her immediately after intimacy. To all the populations peopletrust on the mere outward look but fail to recognize the abilitiesand under the skin originality and personality. Lack of theacceptance is what is creating the racial rifts in the society overthe whole population.


Inthe movie, people stand out to fight the racial differences theyface, for instance, Delacroix started up his play show after hefelted his boss was mistreating him. The band also decides to stopthe continuation of the Delacroix play after learning that it was notsatirical as earlier defended. Discrimination still stands at worstlevels since the band members who were of the black race got murderedby the police, but one member of the white race was left alive. Itopenly illustrates how the black people were looked against[ CITATION Bar02 l 1033 ].In summary, there is an intersection between the two pieces ofliterature and the message waswell communicated to the audiences.


Bamboozled. Dir. Perf. Holden Stephen. 2000.

Dinner at Eight. Dir. George Cukor. Perf. Marrie Dressler. 2005. Warner Brothers Pictures.

Friedan, Betty. The Feminine Mystique. New York: W.W.Norton and Co., 1963.

Thurman, Wallace. The Blacker the Berry. New York: Dover Publications, 2008. Mineola.

Wild, mark. Street Meeting Multiethnic Neighbourhoods in Early Twentieth Century in Los Angeles. California: University of California Press, 2005.