Anne Moody's Short Story Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… Moody is shocked about and begins to question her parents and everyone around her about the reality of the incident. Like her mother, many African Americans at the time understand that it is better to be quiet than to be dead. They comprehend that such events are not discussed and children are not told anything for their protection. However, her mother’s silence and warning pleas only make Moody more in need for answers and explanations. The death of Emmett Till ignites in her a fire she does not realize existed. She is very bothered and disturbed by the event, yet there are no solutions or responses that could help her understand. She needs to find people or places that can extinguish some of her anxiety. Moody at this stage, due to the lack of knowledge, becomes very fearful because she begins to think that she might be killed simply for being black. Her fears mirror the feelings of many African Americans during the time of the Civil Rights Movements because that fear lives in them every day and every night. Though they know their protests are the right thing to do and they are righteous, they still fear the unknown and often hidden hands of the “evil …show more content…
Moody says, “I wonder, I really wonder” while riding on the bus to Washington to help the movement. To her and many African Americans at the time, no improvements or progress has become tangible to them. They continue to feel despair, watch death and violence, and work on the political aspects of the movement which mean very little to a lot of people in the South. The poverty stricken and disadvantaged African Americans of South are seeking relieve from their harsh lives and devastated conditions. They do not much care to vote or hear ongoing sophisticated speeches. They want realistic means of change and they want it to come already. Mrs. Rosie Washington shares: “They had all the weapons. They had the jails. They was in control. We had nothing. Not even money. We had no money, so, they was in control, and we weren't. But I couldn't see it then.” Anne Moody when she wonders, speaks for many African Americans who could not see ease soon enough and continue to wonder how long would it be before they are free of all the

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