Delineation of Racism toward Black American in Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees

Ninda Martiyani, Ninda (2015) Delineation of Racism toward Black American in Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees. Diploma thesis, UIN Sunan Gunung Djati Bandung.

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Race has thus served as one of the most powerful marker in determining human identity. Then, race becomes important when it impacts in human living. One of the social phenomena of human life is a race which is in the negative domain as racism. This social phenomenon occurs in many regions, even in the media such as literature, one of all is in the novel The Secret Life of Bees. The effects of racism are clearly illustrated by the emergence of mimicry in the characters of black people who is actually as the victim of white racism. This racism effects emerge as a result of the racism and colonized. Racism appearing in the text of novel is not racism in the form of slavery as in the past but racism in the onslaught of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. The problems are formulated: what the forms of racism presented in Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees, including how the process of mimicry discloses the effect of racism itself. The postcolonial theory of literary criticism had been chosen to be constructed as theoretical standpoint. This research used postcolonial approach focused on theory mimicry from Bhabha. This research used descriptive qualitative method, and the data of the research are forms and substances that contain word, phrase and sentences. The technique of collecting data is done by using library research. As the result, form of racisms appearing in the text firstly is prejudice which occurred in the individual area. This prejudice is still in form of negative attitude, belief and thought; then discrimination which has strong relation to the prejudice itself. Discrimination found in the text is only in individual action. Meanwhile institutional discrimination is in form of segregation in some facilities, those are hospital, cemetry, even school. Then, mimicry as the effect of racism is depicted in characters who have black skin, are the victims of white people racism. They are delineated smart as the same as white people, then the most important point is they use Standard American English as white people. As final conclusion, the effort they immitate various points in order to be equal with white people disclosed the resistance of white racism colonizing. This condition portrays the racisms and its impacts toward Black American in onslaught Civil Right Movement era.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Racism, Postcolonial, Mimicry
Subjects: English Literatures
Divisions: Fakultas Adab dan Humaniora > Program Studi Bahasa dan Sastra Inggris
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Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2017 01:11
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 01:11

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