African-American Writers (Multicultural Voices) by Amy Sickels

By Amy Sickels

African-American authors have extra their voices to the yank literary tapestry via riveting works. African-American Writers discusses the demonstrated authors and newly rising voices that experience made lasting contributions to American literature. Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Ernest J. Gaines, Walter Dean Myers, Alice Walker, August Wilson, Charles Johnson, and Gloria Naylor are profiled besides their critical works which are typically assigned in study rooms this present day.

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The Inheritance of Slavery Even after the Civil War ends, the effects of slavery continue to dominate nearly every facet of southern society, personally marking Jane’s life with brutality and oppression. After Big Laura and her baby are murdered by patrollers, Jane, numbed by the violence of slavery, cannot even cry. It is a system of inhumane oppression. One white woman wants Jane to come with her, promising her that she has always treated her slaves well. When Jane refuses, the woman cries from the realization that, even though she was “nice” to her slaves, she has been complicit in a brutal system.

Sethe’s last question, “Me? ” affirms Baby Suggs’s notion that loving one’s self leads to freedom. While Beloved represents the unchangeable nature of the past, Sethe, Paul D, and Denver embody and illustrate the possibilities of the present and future, as they evolve from slaves to free men and women. ” As the novel closes with one word, “Beloved,” Morrison seems to be challenging the reader not to forget. Major Themes Beloved’s epigraph states “Sixty Million and more,” referring to the estimated number of slaves who died on the Middle Passage.

They pray and sing, and the strength of the communal voices calls Sethe and Beloved to the doorway. ” The image of the clearing, with its associations of spiritual freedom and rebirth, emphasizes the healing power of the women and signifies a new beginning. The women act as a force against what they consider to be evil, the “devil child,” yet the image that emerges of Beloved standing there naked and pregnant, “thunderback and glistening,” also evokes the image of a beautiful African mother. When Mr.

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