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FSU AMH 2097 - Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.

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Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.11/2Archetype- Something that writers, authors, story tellers, and movie makers have to use- Used throughout classic and contemporary stories- Can either be characters or situations/symbols- Image, model of which all things of the same kind are based; a symbolic pattern- How we tell stories reflects cultural valuesExamples of archetypesHero’s:- Harry Potter- Moses- Hercules- Superman, Wonder woman- Hero’s always o Save a victimo There is almost always a choice to be madeo Choose good over evilSafe or Prophet:- Yoda- Dumbeldore- Gandalf- Alwayso Oldo Wiseo Extremely powerfulo A guide or teacher for the heroOutcast- Juno- ShrekStar Crossed Lovers- Romeo/Juliet- Bella/EdwardVillian- Darth Vader- VoldemortByronic Hero (Tragic or Flawed Hero)- Evil Witch from Wizard of Oz- Macbeth- Alwayso The underdogo Have good intentions but something always stops them from achieving a greatnessThe task or quest- Missions that have to be accomplished for the story to be fulfilledo Defeat Voldemorto Slay a dragono Wake sleeping beautyThe lost paradise- Looking for something that can’t be found- The search for the fountain of youth- The road to ElderadoSlave Archetypes- Black buck- Jezebel- Coon or Sambo- Uncle Tom and MammyThe Black Buck- Often Tall and muscular, dark skinned- Similar to Fu Man Chu- Violent- Proud- Sexual, with an ‘appetite for white women, especially virgins’- Often a reflection of white people’s fears of miscegenation- “Fights the system”- He embodies fears of mixed children, revolt or rebellion- Regularly dates and has sex with white womenJezebel- Corresponding character to Black Buck- Light skinned, beautiful- Wanton, with a sexual appetite, overly sexual- Purposefully tempting or seductive of white men- Continues to remain a popular image of black women- Wants to have sex with white men all the time- Sexually uncontrollableo Not until the late 1960s that a single white ma was convicted of rapinga black women because of thisCoon or Sambo- Lazy, slow- Simpleton- Always trying to avoid work- ‘Jive Talking’ = ebonics- Carefree, joking- Not sexually threatening- Ex. The Fat Albert gang, Keenan and KaleUncle Tom and Mammy- House Slaves- “Faithful servants”- Often portrayed as older, loving, and doting especially to white children- Very dark skinned, heavy set- Not attractive- Happy being a slaveAunt Jemima- Used this archetype to sell productsThe Argument for Slavery- The coon/sambo, Untle Tom, and Mammy all portray slaves aso Docile o Happyo Asexual- In comparison to the buck or jezebel that portrays slaves as sexual, violent, and uncontrollable- In either case, whether you depict a slave as a coon or a buck, both can be used to justify slavery as a good institution because:o If you have a coon or an uncle tom and you play them as happy, they love being taken care of and they don’t need or want freedom, love their masters, etc. then there is no need for a the civil war and things are fine the way they are.o On the other hand, if you play a buck or a jezebel they are dangerous and need to be controlled by slavery- All archetypes in one way or another argue that slavery was beneficialCounter Images- Begins in the 1970so The start of new and different images for African Americans- The Roots Phenomenono Really focused on a reclamation of black masculinityo Roots is a mini series that came out in the 70so A whole new version of the slave storyo There are no uncle toms, or happy


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