A study on Talma gordon
The story Talma Gordon which was given by the Hopkins discussed miscegenation and various expansion and it further collaborated the inventive critique of sexual and racial oppression in the US. There were various social and cultural issues in the story as there was racism, regionalism, etc. For instance, the family’s patriarch was a pirate as he created his fortune at the cost of others. As the mother who died after giving birth has been substantiated by dark skinned child and octoroon herself (Marsden 46-50). This happened because of the racial intermarriage of Talma’s mother and her stepfather. Further, the racial intermarriages take place in the lower classes, and it is very popular according to the Hopkins. There was another novel of the Hopkins which focused on the familial lineage which was racially tangled. It can be understood from the given instance that the cultural and social issues involve the social criticism. Furthermore, the claim of the Talma Gordon which was inevitable of the racial intermarriage focuses on the roots of Africentric of the civilization of Egypt, strikes the claims of Eurocentric of the superiority of racialism. This helped in understanding the racial problems of America.
Tamla Gordon was defined as the most beautiful and intelligent lady. When she was tried for the murder of her father she remained calm and composed. When she found that she is black, she though that she is worthless and was disheartened. Further, the step father of Talma hated his children and wife because they were black. He treated them like dirt. This instance made us clearly understand that the racism is still alive in us and it further gets involved in social criticism. The characters in the story were depicted by the author by the attitude, biases, and personalities of the characters. There was regionalism in the story as it becomes a place where the questions of race and gender unfold dynamic and mutual articulation for the writers. Additionally, we can assume that the regionalism contributes to the study of whiteness to a great extent. Regionalism is a strategy of discursive and a mode of literary which creates the regions visible for the critique of genders. Further, the regionalism in upper and lower class creates cultural and social anxiety across the century (Gruesser 15-21). The story of Talma Gordon was the first story of mystery which was written by the African American. The story decries the racism against white and blacks. Further, the story Talma Gordon questioned the order of social and cultural issues which confined and defined the prejudice of races and further reflected upon the definition of crime and justice. It has been observed that the authors generally move from non-fiction to fiction in order to engage more audience, but the Hopkins was the first author who came up with the detective fiction in order to demonstrate the social and cultural issues which are there in our society and how people are facing issues of slavery. The author came up with the ruling elite of the whites and how they are dominating the blacks and taking their rights away. The story came up with the cultural and social attack on discrimination in the US ("The African American Experience In Crime Fiction: A Critical Study" 53-1150-53-1150). In the story Talma Gordon the murder mystery of Captain Gordon was not bigger than the background of racism and regionalism and further it was also revealed in the story about the tainted bloodiness of the ruling classes of white and they are dominating the blacks. The initiation of Hopkins to the genre of mystery redirects the finger of accusatory from the murder to the community of white to a great extent by demonstrating that how sexism and racism unclog the family’s demise.
The financial condition of Captain Gordon was not good when he first met Isabel and he desperately wanted his security back in the society, so he married Isabel for his own benefit. But unfortunately, she died after giving birth to her third child and soon after the child also died. The Captain married again, but the relation of Talma and her stepmother was tumultuous. After the murder, it was found that the captain's daughters name were not there in the will and Talma was blamed for the murder as she was desperate to have the inheritance. Dr. Thornton who was the physician of the Gordon family was treated as the narrative device as he was narrating the story of Talma Gordon. The story of Talma Gordon is the secretive and unknown nature of the relations of family and the lengths to which all the characters would go in order to revenge and maintain the secrets. Therefore, the story of Hopkins helped in unfolding the reality of our, unlike the other authors. It can be said that the impact of social and cultural issues engage in the social criticism adversely. Tainted, blood and the anxieties of racialism generates the lead to the unraveling of the mystery of Hopkins. Therefore, the mystery of the story transforms the manifesto of cultural and political issues. Through divulging the privacy of mixing racism among the bloodiness of the elite classes of the nation and also promote the mixing of racism through the revelation that the Dr. Thornton married Talma. By unfolding her blackness instead of shielding it, she disrupted the urgency in order to pass for the white and also acknowledge publicly and reclaims her connection to the grandmother who was octoroon and was abandoned by her lover who was white. The Talma Gordon is a tale of tainted bloodiness and the impurities of racialism and also a tale of disclosure of racialism, and the marriage of Dr. Thornton and Talma set an example for the racial future of America.
Gruesser, John Cullen. "Chester Himes, "He Knew," And The History Of African American Detective Fiction". Clues: A Journal of Detection 28.1 (2010): 15-21. Web.
Marsden, Steve. "Two Sources For Pauline Hopkins' “Talma Gordon"." ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews 23.1 (2010): 46-50. Web.