Presented as a secondary analysis of the revolution, it was intended to be a fictional mediation on Nat Turner. The novel received raving reviews from critics who saw it as a unique take on the event. However, it received horrible reviews from historians and African Americans who saw it as a cliché misrepresentation of Nat Turner 's life. Styron was a middle-aged man from the south which most likely influenced his opinion on the 1831 Rebellion quite a bit. The resurrection of this topic created an explosion of interest in slave narratives and African American works during the late 60s.
The novel opens with a scenario following shortly after the epiphany that the protagonist had upon realizing that he is invisible. The story is narrated by him in retrospect whereby the idea of a first-person narrator which links to an invisible storyteller highlights the man’s invisibility. Furthermore, the protagonist’s name is never revealed in the novel which would suggest that we are receiving the information from a third party outsider. The narrator seems to have no personal investment in the words he speaks yet they are spoken by him. The prologue starts with the sentence “I am an invisible man” which links to the sentence in the Epilogue that states “I am an invisible man and it has placed me in a hole”.
In the books available to him the voices he knew so intimately were silent, and the stories they told absent. He recalls his forays into the library’s holdings and indicates the invisibility of his culture in the mainstream literature. Miss Jane Pittman thus satisfies a long felt need for an ideal representation and Gaines not only allows a Black woman to recall history but also presents a character who ‘provides the nurture that enables individual, familial and communal survival.’ (Melissa 77). The choice of a female narrator is also remarkable as American history has rarely been chronicled through the perspective of a Black woman. The dearth of believable portraits of Black Americans and the desire to rediscover the lost voices and tales left in Louisiana have a vital shaping influence on the form and subject matter of Gaines’s fiction.
Katherine Anne Porter, originally Callie Porter, was born in Indian Creek, Texas on May 15, 1890 (Baym). Many events during her childhood were what influenced Porter’s writings. She was introduced to unforgettable hardships at only two years old with the death of her mother (Baym). After this tragedy, Porter and her siblings lived with their grandmother for 9 years, in extreme poverty, until she passed away as well (West). After her grandmother’s death, she attended many convent schools and ran away to get married at the age of sixteen (West).
Katherine Anne Porter relates with the audience by appealing to their sense of patriotism. For example, Porter says in her letter, “My feeling about my country and its history is as tender and intimate as about my own parents, and I really suffer to have them violated by the irresponsible acts of cheap politicians who prey on public fears in times of trouble and force their betters into undignified positions,” (Porter 550). By comparing her love for her country to her love for her parents, she conveys her loyalty to her country quite well. Porter appeals to patriotism, and also the deep love for family. In the previous quote, Katherine Anne Porter speaks about how it troubles her that slimy politicians violate the public.
The story depicts culture change with time something that the three friends are keen to be part of. The protagonist’s character evolves all through the story. First, he is committed to being the lifestyle of being bad and is a rebel of everything that is considered traditional. The protagonist begins to contemplate his actions once he realizes the magnitude of the
The story commences with an unusual action done by the protagonist. The essay suddenly begins in the middle of the protagonist being disciplined by her teacher for these actions. The beginning of the piece grabs the reader’s attention through immediately putting the audience into the story. This is done by showing the focus of the story, the unusual obsessions and compulsions of the protagonist. The sudden introduction towards these unusual actions grabs the reader’s attention, making them focus on these compulsions.
The exposition of a story marks its beginning and introduces the reader to the narrative (Norton 89). Baldwin begins his story by introducing us to the narrator, who is learning of Sonny's arrest after being caught up in a heroin bust. On the other hand, the exposition of "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" introduces us to Connie, the main character. She is a self-absorbed fifteen-year-old girl that is obsessed with her beauty.
Nathaniel Hawthorne Puritan Influence Nathaniel Hawthorne drew from his personal and childhood experiences to write his literary works. The event that affected him and showed in his writing was “...the infamous Salem witch trials had taken place more than 100 years earlier, the events still hung over the town and made a lasting impression on the young Hawthorne…("The Scarlet,"History.com). By the event having a impact on him from a young age it affected his writing and helped him in the development of a strong minded main character in his book The Scarlet Letter. Knowing about the earlier life of Nathaniel Hawthorne will help the reader better understand why Puritanism is the bulk of his literary works. Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1804 and was the only son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Clark Hathorne, his father was a sea captain [who] died in 1808 of yellow fever while at sea ("The
However, despite being an ardent abolitionist during the Civil War who fought for the emancipation of all slaves , her liberal feminist theory was tainted by a marked strain of racism and elitism that became more conspicuous as she started pressing for women’s suffrage . This marked strain of racism within Stanton’s rhetoric for women’s suffrage can be exemplified by quotation from a letter of hers to the editor of the National Slavery Standard. In this letter, Stanton claimed that “the representative women of the nation” had done their best to free “the negro”, but “as the celestial gate to civil rights is slowly moving on its hinges, it becomes a serious question whether [the representative women of the nation] had better stand aside and see ‘Sambo’ walk into the kingdom first .” Sambo was used as a derogatory term for African American