The two fiction novels Sula by Toni Morrison and the Virgin of Flames by Chris Abani, and the film Jungle Fever of Spike Lee are wonderfully crafted works that reflects the life and morals of the African Diasporas. Their works discusses inequality against the dominant white race of America, and the struggle of the black people in their search for true identity.
The novel Sula written by a female writer is about two girls who are best of friends and lived in a place called the bottom heaven (Morrison and Davis) is a very sad and tragic story, the Virgin of Flames who portrays a black painter claiming a city his own but is totally unknown to him depicts a drama of life that is embattled with science and religion (Ollson).
Though Virgin of Fires and Jungle Fever are both about sexual attractions between two different race (Travers) and was created by both male authors, jungle fever film portrayed more glimpses about the life of marginalized women and the position they occupied in a patriarchal society whether they may be colored or white. The three stories which are created by these writers have one plot in common and that is to reflect on the stigma which has afflicted the Diasporas in their struggle to break away from the chain of slavery.
The narratives also recorded how they assimilated the new found culture blending them with old values proper their own identity. Their humiliations made them thirst for dignity where the morals and faith of the Diasporas were authenticated by the life and works this race played in the real world when these men perceive equality and freedom through the call of justice. Stories about Race and Gender Common in those stories is the keyword called displaced or displacement and in particular, it pertains to both terms we will be discussing.
Often, even if the writers shift from one plot or to a new setting, the characters being referred mostly pertains to a woman. Her part is usually submitting and stubborn since naturally she is often believed at the same time a helper and an outlaw. Too many are written about women and fanaticize about her feminine culture, her unequal stand with men of being wanted and at the same time despised depicts an aura of displacement which places her in the position called “unsure or may not be untrue to one self”.
Woman’s subordination with men places her at a very difficult circumstance which in a constricted view is the same thing as being servant to men and therefore is a slave. In Morrison’s novel, the story had a good round of women in their tragic or even morbid state like Eva loosing a leg for insurance money just to be able to feed all her children, Sula young and alone died in her deathbed, and Nel being confused about her femininity are the end results of differing displaced mentality corrupted by unjust circumstances.
Meanwhile, Abani vivified the mother of Black as the insane woman who took away her life by burning which Morison similarly made use of fire in ending a life that is seemingly unbearable for Eva and the mother of Black. The symbolism of fire in those stories is used to combat life with death. Angie and Drew are the two women adored by Flipper in the Jungle Fever which featured the inner city as a wayward community depicting waywardness of values and how women gets marginalized because of discrimination and racism.
Women, in this side of the story remained just an object despite of an ardent desire “Angie’s sense of defeat in that scene casts a chilling desolation when Flipper ended up saying this was about white pussy and big black dick (Travers),” Men on the other hand are enslaved with their instinct to predominate by not wanting to be called second class citizen. Colored men searches for his identity which he knew well began with slavery and that looking back prevents him from coming forward. The stigma is not buried in the past because justice has not been laid.
Accordingly, Flipper in the film of Lee follows that path which made a tragic end of the story. The colored men in the Morrison and Abani’s novel though not as intelligently educated as that of Flipper had similarity with each other. They are simply men who are not trained to temper their desires which made them all equally displaced persons. Jude never came back to Nel, Black a painter with identity crisis and sexual confusion and Flipper who behaved like a monkey in a jungle in his lust for the white woman.
Inequality is raised by prejudice because the color has retained its stature, people do not want to go forward, to forget and forgive, and rise up to a new dawn. The African Diaspora Men and women of the African Diasporas are indirect stories which show the relevance of justice in order to attain equality of race and gender no matter what the coloring of the skin is made of. Although these are fictitious stories, it keeps an actual account on the lives of the Niger as they are called by a very exacting society in their time.
Moreover it depicts some of the life experiences of the author for example “developing a deep empathy for Black when in real life the author experienced torture and incarceration from the Nigerian government (Ollson). ” Morrison was able to write the problems of humanity through her novels, though she writes in particular for the circumstances of the black people since according to her they are not boring, her works are heart breaking dilemmas which are heart breaking to all people of all races.
In Spike, he succeeded in portraying the agonizing pain of Flipper and In Abani’s works that ritual which is sacred for the author order the chaos of his life. The stories they have written are like the diaries they wrote to journey toward the search for true identity. Conclusion Identity is a continuous process especially to the African Diaspora of the Americas, with the ever changing technology; men’s faith is the only thing that remains still. Americans Diaspora, Amerasians, and the white Americans as they set in to the new world of global context make them realize that the planet earth is getting smaller.
Many Diaspora have succeeded in so many human endeavors through the works they accomplished everyday as their service to men. Slavery is against freedom which is unquenchably eradicated by the search of justice. However, men remain in his prejudices because of different circumstance that affects his judgment say for instance making generalization and comparison or the so called straight jacket rules. More often than not when man is taken into a general view neglecting that each one is unique prevents that man to be acknowledged as his or her true self. Generalizing often makes mistakes by not allowing the person to be what he is.
Compartmentalizing is also against the rule of any free society. Wherever that place is, there is just but one river that connects everyone and that is the journey through life. Equality of race and gender are the fruits of justice and justice begin when men emulate and love the word “service” by giving to everyone according to his due understanding that only man is capable of service because he have a choice. Slavery at the same time diminishes the value of man in many ways which can be seen in the discrimination of gender and race when supposedly free men are impoverished in spirit and in truths.