From the first to the fifth line of the poem, the landlady's attitude toward the speaker was regular, normal in the sense that it is a standard business chat between strangers. But from the sixth line on, her attitude becomes hostile and threatening.
Speaker: I am not asking you to love me, or even like me. But please don't hate me.
Landlady: Why would I hate you? You've done nothing to me.
Speaker: Because I am different. I am a talker. I tell stories about my life.
Landlady: Oh, so that's why you come here every night! To tell stories! Well, get out then! Go on, go away!
My room has no door. The window is too high up to jump out of. And even if I could, what world would be waiting for me? There's nobody down there who wants to hear my stories.
Landlady: I'm sure there are people who want to hear tales about your life. Maybe writers, artists...
Speaker: No, all they want to do is listen to my stories.
The principal character, the landlady, in Page's 1943 poetry "The Landlady," gives readers an unpleasant sense. This is due to the speaker's intricate and creepy portrayal of the landlady in the poem. The speaker recounts the landlady herself, as well as her interactions and relationships with her boarders, throughout the poem.
The speaker is a male boarder who lives in the apartment below that of the landlady. He tells his story from within his room one night after hearing noises coming from her apartment. He realizes that she is still awake and begins to talk with her. As time passes, they begin to feel like friends or acquaintances, rather than tenants. Finally, he asks her if she will be his wife. She agrees, and they start planning their wedding ceremony. However, when the boarder goes downstairs to use the phone, the landlady murders him by slitting his throat.
This poem is about friendship and marriage. The speaker learns that the landlady has married him before he can leave, so he doesn't. Instead, he tells her to give up her life as a landlady and follow her dreams as a singer. But she isn't interested in singing and runs away from her wedding.
These are just some examples of how Page's poetry is unique and interesting.
The poem is about a phone call about renting an apartment between a landlady and the speaker, who is black. The landlady is polite until she hears that the speaker is "African," at which point she demands to know if the speaker's skin is "light" or "black." When told it is black, she says that she will not rent to him.
This shows that the landlady has prejudiced feelings toward people of color. This is apparent because she doesn't want to rent to someone she believes isn't white.
Prejudice can take many forms, including racism, which is defined as "an attitude or behavior based on beliefs about racial differences in intellectual ability, personality, etc." (Source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racism).
People often claim not to be racists, but rather just human beings with prejudices that we have learned from our society. However, this argument does not hold water when you consider that many people do not believe in slavery or segregation. They simply believe that certain people are more capable of doing certain jobs than others. This is exactly what the poem's landlady is saying when she refuses to rent to someone who she believes is not white.
Furthermore, there are cases where people will refuse to rent to you because you are of a different religion.