The Role Of Social Prejudice In The Burgermeister's Daughter

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Steven Ozment is a history teacher at the Harvard University and has published several books such as The Burgermeister’s Daughter, and The Age of Reform. He has been awarded the Schaff History Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Ozment’s work in The Burgermeister’s Daughter delivers a compelling narrative about woman struggles against social prejudice, and the justice system in Germany during the sixteenth century. Ozment does a great job creating a chronological discussion throughout his book which is easy to understand and follow along. Also throughout the book Ozment presents several morals that are not normally viewed when looking at historical records. Ozment does a great job of creating a narrative about a woman's struggle against social prejudice and the justice system because of the way he sets up the story. At the beginning of the story he introduces the reader to the main character, Anna, and makes the reader have a strong understanding about her childhood. Throughout the narrative Ozment does a great job of demonstrating…show more content…
Throughout the book you are able to find out the answer to the following questions. One is, “What exactly had this woman done to cause her father, the Burgermeister, to denounce her as an “evil serpent” and the Government of Hall to declare her a renegade?” (citation). Second is, “Why did the behavior of one woman rivet the attention and disrupt the lives of so many important people for such a long time?”(citation). After reading The Burgermeister’s Daughter cover to cover and keeping these questions in mind, you can see that these questions complement on the two themes in this book. The first theme being: why Anna’s story is significant to the historical period. The second theme being: what characteristics of the people and the time period compliment the perspectives of readers

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