Downfall of Luther Nedeed

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Raven Burgess
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English 003
10 February 2012
Gloria Naylor’s Linden Hills: Resistance of Luther Nedeed In Linden Hills, Gloria Naylor illustrates the resistance of Willie K. Mason and Luther Nedeed’s wife, Willa, of the ideology of Linden Hills develops the rhetoric that they serve as the downfall of the generations of Luther Nedeed. Willie was an anchor that brought people of Linden Hills of their high horse and into the reality of the world. Willie resists the white hegemony and status of the residents of Linden Hills. Some critics believe that Willa served as the messiah for Linden Hills. Willa resists the western aesthetics of patriarchy. With the opposition of Linden Hills’ ideology, Luther Nedeed’s founding values crumble in one season. Willie is a fail Luther’s scheme of life. Willie wants to be successful, but not at the price of selling his soul. Willie’s debates about the world black people live in brings insight to the residents that live by the white hegemony present in Linden Hills. Willie attempts to explain the white hegemony that Xavier and Maxwell live by with the statement “Then I guess it’s just a coincidence—that the majority of black folks in this country are poor, have been poor, and will be poor for a long time to come.” Making an issue about the way Luther sets up the goals and status of life threatens his community. With no knowledge of his influences over the residents of Linden Hills, Willie contributes to diminishing legacy of Luther Nedeed. Naylor appoints significance to Willie witnessing Willa’s return, because it means everything Luther Nedeed stood for would die. Willa becomes insane, yet sensible about the life she has been living as Mrs. Nedeed. The imprisonment and death of her son brings about her discovery of the bible of the former wives. After an extensive time of thinking about life or death, she decides…...

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