Analysis Of ' White House ' By Claude Mckay Essay

1054 Words Apr 24th, 2016 5 Pages
Otherness in today’s society is more apparent today than ever. Otherness is, according to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, “the quality or state of being other or different” (Merriam-Webster, 2011). In reviewing the poem, “White House,” by Claude McKay, otherness is represented by his personal view of otherness and his struggle with being a small part of a large institution. In the following analysis you will see many representations of McKay’s belief in otherness. He believed that the working class was oppressed and otherness was unjustly forced upon them. They were not allowed to use “white” parks, drinking fountains, or public restrooms. At the same time, they worked for rich white people. They cooked, cleaned, cared for their children, and did the menial jobs that were simply beneath the social level for affluent whites to perform. For blacks in the 1920’s, otherness was a way of life. Even though it was written in 1922 it is still relevant today.
Claude McKay’s poem is an example of how a large part of the public feels. They are excluded and made to feel different or strange. The government is perceived as a large unfeeling institution. The author’s use of language like, “Your door is shut against my tightened face,” lets the reader feel his frustration. To have a door shut in your face is disrespectful. It is clear that he feels that many people are not given the respect that they deserve as citizens, of not just our country, but of the world. McKay relays his…

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