Monday, April 7, 2008

Explotation vs. Exploration

This picture shown above I really liked and thought that it would be perfect for this topic. I picked this picture of jelly beans because it describes our race, ethicity and gender. It shows that everyone is different, for we all are different sizes and our skin types. I just felt it was a perfect symbol for this topic.


In Jane Eyre and Wide Sagrasso Sea, there are some prominent relationships between race, gender and ethnicity. For starters Bertha also known as Antoinette is mix of english and native. Throughout Wide Sagrasso Sea she seems to be lost with her identity for she doesn't fit in with neither the english nor the natives. This seems wierd to me because nowadays it is more prominant and completely accepted. Back then it was looked down upon, therefore noone would consider you part of their race. Also, the fact that she is a female doesn't help her one bit. The discussion of gender can go back to some of our earlier books such as Robinson Crusoe which is a great example of gender differences. In this novel girls are portrayed upon as objects that are used by the men when they want them. Throughout the whole book women are mentioned a total of 2 times. The first time is a good mentioning with the widow holding on to Crusoe's fortune, but the second time is for prostetution. In Jane Eyre, Jane is portrayed as this innocent girl who is not very cute, and who is fragile. Just gives off the vibe that all girls are this "stereotypical" girl, which is beyond true. This just goes to show the time, and the manner of what people felt was womens jobs and placement in the world. As for ethnicity, it makes me think back to Othello, and how we had a huge debate about whether or not O was thought to be different because of his race and ethnicity. Overtime these attributes about people are more excepted by our society. This just goes to show that exploration and explotation is more cleary understood, and can more can be exlpored because people have more rights and liberties.

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