My first source is BB King’s autobiography: Blues All Around Me. His autobiography tells most part of his life. Lots of chapters are very valuable for me. However, I draw my focus on the chapters “Heavenly music” and “Her words are music”. My blog is mainly about “Her words are music”. This chapter focuses on his Mama and how she influenced BB’s music life.
The first chapter of the book talks about BB King’s early life and how it influenced him in music. He talks mostly about his mother. How she acts like a angel and other good impressions people would had for her. His mother influenced his attitude towards life and music. He writes about his poor childhood that spending with his mama. He and his mother ate the entrails which white people did not. The race problem is brought up and it gives a sense of the relationship between blacks and blues. BB King said, “I believe my early childhood nourished me.” This is a summery of the chapter’s context. Inspired by Mr Henson, BB has developed a mind status. Slowing down which echo with the blues style.
This book has lots of information that needs to be discovered. It is meaningful and significant that the book is actually written by BB King. It is the best way to get a sense of BB King. And it is being really helpful from the beginning. It helps with confining the focus and interest of BB King’s music to narrow the topic and get a better sense of the paper. This chapter is a precious opinion from himself, also a good start of the thesis.
King, B. B., and David Ritz. “Her Words Are Music.” Blues All around Me: The Autobiography of B.B. King. London: Sceptre, 1997. Print.
No matter how the society formed back in nineteen century, most of the people start to recognize the toughness of slavery. Lots of them try to treat good slaves as the way they should. From the perspective of implication, the book starts with Huck detest Bourgeois civilization enlightenment and social tradition. As the plot developing, more social problems expose by Mark Twain. Huck escapes from the society and goes back to the nature where he sets himself at the same level as the slave Jim. Outside from the boisterous world, Huck abandons the tradition and pursues freedom. Not only Huckleberry but also other people notice that Jim is a good person. In the very end they speak up for Jim. “because he ain’t a bad nigger.” (304) The doctor recognizes Jim as a good person and repeats the quote for two times. Contrast occurs between social concept and inherent summon. “I never see a nigger that was a better nuss or faithfuller” (305) Nigger, a pejorative term, used by the doctor. However, he regards the term as a regular address. He shows his positive attitude towards Jim when he uses nuss and faithfuller to describe Jim. The doctor has just met Jim for a short time while Jim’s behavior impresses him. Mr. Twain uses implication of sarcasm to show how stupid the unequal slavery was. The inhumane treatment towards slaves should be condemned.
As Tom accedes to the plan saving Jim, he realizes the brutal slavery and worries about his prank would threatens Jim’s freedom. Tom, a naught boy, loves jokes and adventures. Nevertheless, worrying about Jim’s safety makes him “dropping his smile and looking surprised” (307) It is a tragedy that people consider a random black as the runaway slave. In the opposite Tom’s other reaction shows his worry and respect towards Jim, “Tom rose square up in bed, with his eye hot, and his nostrils opening and shutting like gills, and sings out to me” (307) Tom also defaults Jim should not endure the chain of slavery. It shows the ruthless of slavery in another way.
The relationship between Huckleberry and Jim contributes to different perspectives of themes, especially the one with self conscious and slaves. Mark Twain wrote the book right after a special historical event, the abolition of slaves. Interestingly, their acts as a major element which connects highly with the slave theme. Although Huck worries about Jim’s trail, he does play a horrible prank while Jim’s demeanor demonstrates totally different emotion. As a young boy, Huckleberry shows his childishness by tricking others. It might seems like a little childish trick. Indeed it shows the society condition that race problem raises to a climax and whites automatically thinks they are superior than blacks. Jim, In the opposite aspect, represents some one who goes through the boundary between black and white. Currently, the most important thing in his mind is the friendship between him and Huck. “When I got all wore out wide work, en aid de calling’ for you.” (184) Jim tries so hard to find Huck. He cares so much about Huck’s situation. The fact that Jim extremely cares about Huck’s safety formed a contrast with Huck’s careless prank. Even though as a slave, Jim has a series of abundant affections. “I did’ k’yer no’ mo’ what become er me en de raf’”(184) When Jim knows that Huck saftly goes back, he says “I’s so thankful.”(184) Nevertheless, Jim shows his dissatisfaction eventually, “En all you wuz thinkin’ ‘bout wuz how you could make a fool uv ole Jim wid a lie.”(184) He probably also can’t get rid of his social class because of the historical background. He won’t think about Huck treat him well. But he trusts Huck as a friend as the reason he concerns about him a lot. Huck feels really sorry and sad about Jim as he says, “It made me feel so mean I could almost kissed his foot to get him to take it back. “ (184) When Huck shows his apology to Jim, the author probably tries to show people that the real conscious come from people’s heart when they are away from the sick society. Human nature leads Huck to his regret which has no interaction with social atmosphere.
The cotton gin is a machine that invented by Eli Whitney in 1793 for the purpose of separating cotton fibers from seeds which increases the productivity. The invention was created in a secret workshop within few months. After the cotton gin, the field of raw cotton doubled each decade. The invention worked as a catalyst of Industrial Revolution and Slavery. Seeming like a release of slaves, the cotton gin actually increase the demand of slavery by the amount of cotton that are needed.
“And that was a thing, I mean that was kind of distant you know, it wad horrific and it kind of took my school day. I just remembered like TV screen all over the schools that’s where we are watching like again and again more information was coming out. And suddenly we are like really connected to it.”
“I Guess like a least the way like i grew up learning about our country in history class or whatever it’s always a very shining pianted picture. For that first I feel like I was being questioned, my own opinions about my country and I guess that’s what I think when I look back on it now, my eyes were kind of opened.”
Searching “American flag dress” on google, thousands of flag clothes are out. It is simple to see dresses, shoes, socks such daily necessities with American flag in daily life. It is unusually in any other countries that flags are regard as a fashion that can be used in life. I remembered the first time traveling on a highway in US, seeing lots of flags flowing with the wind on cars on the street and house aside the road. Comparing to this, my own culture’s national flags are barely used except when some big ceremonies are held. In a different perspective, the preview that show kids national flags are fashion imperceptibly influenced people’s view of nationalism. I was impressed by the nationalism and patriotism that Americans have. The enthusiasm that Americans have towards their own culture are irreplaceable. The attitude towards a country which reflected by the every-where-flags is a positive phenomenon in a society.
The opening question accompany the reading is “Is the culture war over?” Along the pace of the culture war, literacy, parties, races etc are included. Nevertheless, the problem has eventually turns to union of multiple cultures. As for natives, suddenly accepting the multicultural would be grim to them. The opposite immigrants would be disappointed by a country if their cultures are not accepted.