The Black Headed Baby, By Langston Hughes And That Evening Sun

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In this paper I will discuss the belief that African American lives were not as important as Caucasian lives in the 20th century, citing the short stories “Red-Headed Baby” and “That Evening Sun” as examples.
There are a lot of similarities between the two short stories, “Red-Headed Baby”, written by Langston Hughes and “That Evening Sun”, written by William Faulkner. They were both written around the same period, “That Evening Sun” was published in 1931 and “Red-Headed Baby” was published in 1934. Both texts deal with many of the same issues and themes, such as race relations, social classes, and feelings of inferiority. Furthermore, they are both examples of modernist literature that take place in the American South.
“That Evening Sun” is narrated by a Caucasian man named Quentin Compson, who recalls the details of the story which took place 15 years prior when he was 9 years old. He starts the story by briefly acknowledging that times have changed and African American women washing people’s clothes is no longer as widespread a custom as it was 15 years ago. It is not clear whether he feels this is a good thing or not. Now 24 years old, he tells the story of Nancy, an African American woman who worked for his family, doing their laundry and cooking breakfast, amongst other duties. Nancy is married to an African American man named “Jesus”, who is depicted as if he is a bad man. “Sometimes the husbands of the washing women would fetch and deliver the clothes, but Jesus…

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