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Human rights and Equality is the common phrase that are taught in school in the US. In general, it could interpret that everyone has the same opportunity to receive rights of education, freedom of expressing ideas and opinion, social services and many more regardless of backgrounds, races, sex, gender, ethics, and languages. In reality, not everyone would experience equality, and sometimes people believe that their ethics would reflect how they get treated in the society. Ann Petry’s “Like a Winding Sheet” focuses on the one of African American couples who encounter challenges about the struggle for survival, and this event leads to physical and emotional changes in family due to social justice. On the surface, it seems to be a simple issue that occurred in the past and no longer happen in the present. However, the story also reflects social norms and prejudices toward colored people and defines discrimination and racism.

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