Analysis Of Claude Mckay 's `` A Chafing Savage, Down The Decent Street '

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Claude McKay was an influential leader of the Harlem Renaissance who also advocated against the racism that African-Americans receive. He wrote many works for this cause, among them was the poem “America” inside of the text of his book Harlem Shadows. People have many different thoughts and beliefs about the poems. James R. Keller tries to give his analysis of "America" along with McKay’s other works. Keller explains this in his article titled as “ ‘A Chafing Savage, Down the Decent Street’: The Politics of Compromise in Claude McKay’s Protest Sonnets”. Keller argues that McKay was using a traditional verse and content that added to the emotion and ideological background of his poem. Keller explains that McKay tries to get the support needed by adopting the literary traditions of Western civilization. This leads to him giving voice to those that are part of the group that expunged African American culture and dissent. McKay uses this idea to challenge the racial injustices and inequities in a few of his poems. He accomplishes this first in “Look Within”, where he reminds the reader of the efforts that the United States has made in fighting fascism and racism in World War II (Keller 448). However, he castigates the country in its deficiency in ending the racial corruptions in the country. He makes his poem very active by using religious allusions. "Nearly 2,000 years since Jesus spoke... before your own eyes", McKay uses this text to gain the religious command to display…

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