Survival of the Fittes

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Ryan Cassity
Professor Jeffries
ENGL 012, Paper 2
March 24, 2015
Survival of the Fittest Life is hard and often times filled with tough challenges and difficult situations. In the past, African Americans were subjected to the tortures of slavery and isolation from mainstream America during the 18th and 19th centuries. Meanwhile, the harsh reality of life faced by African Americans is seen today with an increase in homeless people living on the streets. While some people look down on people they consider undesirable or inferior, one aspect of a person’s character that can never be questioned is their will to survive. Furthermore, survival in life requires a “never quit, never die” mentality that enables a person to keep fighting to realize a dream. “I, Too” and “Crusader Rabbit” suggest that survival requires courage, desire, and faith. In the poem “I, Too,” Langston Hughes portrays a black man bound into slavery who knows deep down in his heart that he “too” is part of America and is entitled to all the rights and freedoms that America itself stands for and represents. While held captive as a servant, the black man displays courage through his refusal to be recognized as an inferior human being. As Hughes notes, “I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong” (Hughes 2-7). The black man will not allow ignorance and neglect to destroy his pride. The black man’s mindset and spirit exemplify great courage to rise above unjust circumstances. In comparison, Jess Mowry’s short fiction, “Crusader Rabbit,” talks about Raglan and Jeremy surviving as homeless people sifting through dumpsters to gather aluminum cans in exchange for money. Courage is shown in their father-and-son like relationship when Raglan rescues a lifeless Jeremy from behind a dumpster and takes it upon…...

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