Phillis Wheatley Thesis

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I. Introductory Paragraph and Thesis Statement
Phillis Wheatley has changed the world of the literature and poetry for the better with her groundbreaking advancements for women and African Americans alike, despite the many challenges she faced. By being a voice for those who can not speak for themselves, Phillis Wheatley has given life to a new era of literature for all to create and enjoy. Without Wheatley’s ingenious writing based off of her grueling and sorrowful life, many poets and writers of today’s culture may not exist. Despite all of the odds stacked against her, Phillis Wheatley prevailed and made a difference in the world that would shape the world of writing and poetry for the better.
II. Historical Information from Author’s Time
Phillis Wheatley wrote her groundbreaking poems in an era known as the Revolutionary Era. This time in history was one of struggles and gaining independance, much like Phillis’ life story. These struggles came when America had declared a war on England in order to become their own free nation. Undoubtedly the war against England and America effected Wheatley. From seeing riots in the streets to hearing differing political groups argue, mercilessly, for their
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This poems speaks of the author’s religion, past, and her experiences with race in America. This poem is a rarity because most of Wheatley’s poems do not explicitly mention race. This poem, however, is an exception. Wheatley’s poem states, “Some view our sable race with scornful eye, ‘Their colour is a diabolic die.’ Remember, Christians, Negro's, black as Cain, May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train.” This gives the reader a first hand look into what it was like to be an African American during the Revolutionary era. These people were viewed as a lesser race only because of the color of their skin, or as Wheatley states, the speaker’s “diabolic
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