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Book Title: The Classic Slave Narratives|
The author of the book: Henry Louis Gates Jr.
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Reader ratings: 7.5
Edition: Signet Classics
Date of issue: January 1st 2002
ISBN 13: 9780451528247
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The Life of Olaudah Equiano (finished January 2011)
This story at first was indeed a challenge for me. The language and words the author uses made me re-read pages a few times to understand what he was talking about. Of all the stories in this novel, this one was the most difficult as well as long. Equiano detailed his entire life as a slave to when he was free. He witnessed first hand the harshness and cruelty humans can inflict on one another. This was truly a coming of age story.
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
This is another exceptional piece of work re-told by a slave of her experiences. The author takes the reader through a journey of her life as a slave. This story is important in that it described the community of slaves and their relationship with their owners. Harriet told her story under the alias of Linda to preserve her identity. As a child she was treated fairly. She was taught to read. However, when her mistress died, she was given to a new master. Her new master, Flint was trying to have sexual relations with her. That was where the story started its climax. This story showed how slaves, specifically women dealt with the abuses of their masters. I would recommend this book to everyone.
The History of Mary Prince
Mary Prince's narrative is a very detailed recollection. She makes the reader feel as if they are in her shoes. She describes her treatment as a slave in the West Indies. It seems that as she was sold to new masters her treatment became worse. I feel that Mr. Wood took Mary to England and Mary tried to get her freedom. However, Mr. Wood doesn’t want to free her. In my opinion I would let her go because she is only one slave. I wouldn’t want to spend all my time trying to get one slave back when there are many more. This narrative helps to disprove the idea that slaves are “animals.”
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass’s narrative is one of a kind. His narrative was written with a variety of literary devices such as: theme, conflict, imagery, irony and many others. Douglass’ narrative has changed the way I view the ability of slaves. He clearly described his time in bondage to the moment he escaped and became free. Even though Frederick wasn’t very educated, he was able to write this astounding piece of literature. I recommend that everyone read this narrative
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Read information about the authorHenry Louis Gates Jr. is a Professor of African and African-American Studies at Harvard University and Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. He is well-known as a literary critic, an editor of literature, and a proponent of black literature and black cultural studies.
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