Warriors Don't Cry

Warriors Don't Cry
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  • Setting
  • This story takes place in Little Rock, Arkansas at Central High School. The year is 1957, during segregation where black children could not go to school with white children.
  • Central High School
  • It is a memoir of Melba's personal experience at Central in first person point of view.
  • I'm finally going to get the education I deserve!
  • Protagonist and Antagonist
  • Melba, the protagonist, endured much torment from her white classmates, the antagonists.
  • Your kind will never be accepted here you ugly monkey.
  • Why can't you guys just accept me? You treat me like I'm some animal that you have the displeasure of eyeing in the hallways.
  • Plot
  • Anyone who would like to volunteer for integration please write your name on the board. -Melba
  • I wonder how it would feel going to an all white school.
  • The NAACP is trying to integrate white schools and Melba has volunteered to participate. If only she'd know what she was really getting herself into.
  • There is no actual resolution. After the nine made it through the school year, Faubus shut down all the schools in Little Rock. Melba did find a personal resolution though. She goes to live with a nice white family in California to continue school.
  • "Two, four, six, eight, we wont integrate."
  • Resolution
  • The Little Rock Nine must integrate Central High but the white student body are trying their hardest to keep that from happening.
  • Conflict
  • Those kids out there just pushed me down the stairs and spit in my face.
  • The mood of the story is how it makes you feel. The book Warriors Don't Cry made me feel sadness, sympathy, hatred and fear.
  • Tone and Mood
  • Do I look like I care about what happens to you!?!
  • The tone was self restrained anger and frustration. Melba was constantly berating herself for not being able to do anything to stop her torment and teachers not having a care in the world about it.
  • Theme
  • "The effort to separate ourselves whether by race, creed, color, religion or status is as costly to the separator as to those who would be separated." This quote is what I think this book is all about. When you try to separate peoples from one another it causes both sides to suffer. Because white people did not want integration it was forced upon them. They had to pay thousands of tax dollars, and black teenagers participating in the venture endured unspeakable horrors. On top of all that, in the effort to further halt integration, Faubus closed down all the high schools in Little Rock. That meant every high school student in Little Rock now had no public education. He tried to fight integration so hard that even the white people that he wanted to stay separate were caught in the crossfire. That's what I would call irony.
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