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Raffles Institution I-Learning 2005 Secondary 2 GE English To Kill a Mockingbird Task 1 Questions on Black Boy: 1. Why did the whites feel blatantly superior to the Blacks from the 1920s to the 1960s in USA? [6 marks] The whites, through their upbringing and societal influence, stereotyped and believed that all Blacks were "bad", meaning that the Blacks engaged in corrupt practices, such as stealing and rape. Generally, they thought that Blacks were inferior in many ways, including intellectually and ethically. This slowly developed into the Whites making use of this stereotype to frame the Blacks. An example would be the Scottsboro Trial, which was similar to the trial of Tom Robinson in "To Kill a Mockingbird", in which Black was accused of rape in order to cover up a White's "crime", and the Black was in the end convicted. From this stereotype, the idea of "pure blood" arose. The Whites believed that by having interracial relationships and marriages, the "White Blood" would no longer be pure. ...read more.


Thus Blacks often had no opportunity to voice out and to make a change in society to stop racism. Question on Black Boy and A Brief History of the Deep South: Answer the following question by writing a 200-word response. Compare the two texts, which you have read, an extract from Black Boy by Richard Wright and A Brief Introduction To The History Of The Deep South for: 1) Tone 2) Use of Language (Style) 3) Register (Degree of Formality or Informality) [8 marks] Black Boy by Richard Wright is a personal recountive piece while A Brief Introduction To The History Of The Deep South a piece of expository writing. In Black Boy, the narrator recalls and describes 2 incidents that occurred on the same day which impacted his life and let him better understand the Whites' thoughts and how to react to them. The purpose of the author is to let the reader understand situations that went on at that time from the first-person point of view such that the reader can comprehend the severity of the problem, and gives a few insights. ...read more.


Another case would be "The Yankie Northerners beat the Southerners and burnt and destroyed many of their beautiful big plantation houses", where "beautiful" is used not so much to colour the writing but to show the massive contrast of before and after. Black Boy is rather informal, as the narrator tells you the events of a day in his life. Phrases like "one morning" and "When I went to the rear of the store" show you that the narrator is merely telling you a story. In A Brief Introduction To The History Of The Deep South, the language is rather formal. Passive voice is used, such as in the case of the first sentence, "The American Civil War was started as a fight over the rights to use slaves" , rather than saying "The fight over rights to use slaves started the American Civil War" or something similar, as using passive voice would emphasize more on the American Civil war and also make the tone more formal. ...read more.

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