Theme Of In The Kitchen By Henry Louis Gates
Gates does this through the metaphor of hair, and shows the readers what African American people experience to straighten their hair, to be the same a white people’s hair.
The struggles of African American people is clearly evident in Gates use of figurative language. Gates lets the reader determine whether the efforts to straighten hair are worthwhile. Gates uses metaphor of “My own hair was ‘not a bad grade’, as barbers cut my hair for the first time” He says that it like a doctor giving you’re a physical exam. It shows the perception that “kinky” hair is despised and unwanted by the African American people, it shows …show more content…
To leave behind the culture of underclass citizens and become part of the white society at the time. His mother was the person that did everyone’s hair. This shows that she was in favour of the equality. Gates talks about how he wants to try different ways of having his hair which shows that he wants to change too. He relates his own hair to how a good hair cut was a good grade as a child. He talks about how he has tried every brand of wax to straighten his hair. Gates sees that when he grew older how African American hair and its fascination was a harmful thing, he realized that it would lead to feelings of obsession and jealousy. He seems to come to the conclusion that even he thought the straight hair/ white hair was better and it in the end made him feel