Overall, this blog is pretty well written. You have multiple evidence and different analysis for each evidence to support your claim and thesis. This was a very good comparison. One thing you can improve is that in blogs, you do not have to structure it as an essay format: evidence then analysis, evidence then analysis, and so forth.
For blogs, you can include questions, statements, and most importantly your opinions and thoughts about your topic. Next time, just include more of your opinions and your thoughts about the poem. Other than that, your blog seems consistent and seems to stay on topic. This is a well written blog.
I found it particularly interesting that Mr. Z "Chose prudent, raceless views of each situation" and yet he is still discriminating. He tries desperately to escape this racist world and be seen as more than just an African American man, but he is the most racist of all. He rejects everything of his own race because he fears that people will automatically group him in with every other individual in his race, as you said.
However, ironically, by doing this he is helping to further the wedge between the races and supply the stereotypes. The poem states, " Mr. Z Disclaimed kinship with jazz and spirituals," and "His palate shrank from cornbread, yams and collards," which shows that he is not only escaping being identified with his race, but is ashamed of it.
If Mr. Z is ashamed of his own race, then why should he expect anyone else to treat them as equals? I agree with your point that it is ironic that after all of his running away, he is still clumped in with his race on his death bed. Although he may have struggled to separate himself, I think it's important that that racial identity is still there in the end. Z may not realize it, but by being "One of the most distinguished members of his race" he is contributing to merge the gap between African Americans and the rest of white American society.
However, I still feel that this would have been more successful had he acknowledged that he was in fact African American and embraced the culture without falling into the negative stereotypes of the time. Since he failed to do this, then future African Americans who follow his lead to earn more respect in society are also going to reject their culture, until there is virtually no diversity left.
I agree with the above comment that your blog is analytical and well-written, but could use some more personality. Be sure to put yourself into your writing since this is the one place where we have free range to do that! Upon reading this poem, I thought of the prevalence of whitewashing in society today. The attempts to hide one's race in order to appease history's oppressors exemplifies the stratification of these black men and women who seek to homogenize race relations into one category, white.
Varun's analysis of the work shows that Mr. Z is in fact solely attempting to cover up his darker skin in order to be accepted into white civil society. This explicitly reminds me of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, in which Malcolm X explains who sought acceptance from the white man because that's the way race relations work.
Z as a poem seeks to break this mold and develop a contrasting idea to the one that Mr. Z the character exemplifies. Monday, October 21, "Mr. Z" by M. Carl Holman. Carl Holman describes the life of African American man who attempts to hide his race. The first line of the poem says, "Taught early that his mother's skin was the sign of error" This quote indicates his skin is not fair, and it provides the reader a conflict that the subject must deal with. The poem goes on to describe how this man, Mr.
Z, was also doing the best that he can. Z was adamant to keep away from his own race. This lack of connection with his race continues throughout the poem. Z is so determined to not be associated into his race that he even gives up food associated with African American culture, choosing instead to focus on a more American or European cuisine.
All of his efforts to not be linked to his heritage give the reader a sense that he is ashamed of his ethnicity. Everything he does indicates that he wants no part of his culture; even his name, Mr. Z, is so ambiguous that no one would be able to tell his race just from his name.
Z is not alone in his struggle to avoid the stigma that is his race. His wife is in a similar situation to him; they both want to avoid the difficulties associated with their race by rejecting their culture altogether. Unfortunately for both of them, there are some things you cannot change. The couple does not let this get them down. By not going to places where they may be discriminated against, they take away potential to be grouped in with the rest of their race. When Mr. Z dies all of his work to avoid being grouped together with his race is taken away.
Z cannot escape his ethnicity in the end. His inability to escape signifies how one cannot escape from their identity no matter how hard they try to be something else. American Embargo October 22, at PM. Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom.