In this novel, the author incorporates historical members of society and alludes to biblical stories to highlight the injustice done to the black community throughout history. By using figures such as Louis Armstrong, Abraham Lincoln, and Harriet Tubman, the author deals to provide a relevance to the readers. Some characters within the novel are old enough to remember slavery and their presence lets Nathaniel be influenced by their experiences. The author introduced us Jericho who was half-white; yet, his own father treated him as a slave. The history of his family and other African Americans pushes the narrator to develop a perspective of being disliked because of his race. The incorporation of slavery in his ancestor by the author revives history and its ...
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...m society. The undermining of an entire race is present and the feeling of not being able to break boundaries can be devastating. The only way out is through hopes of reform and pleading. The adaptation of the culture over the years and the combination of ancestral differences makes it an identity for Nathaniel Witherspoon.
Forrest blends fictional reality with history to create a novel that needs to be read with detail. The biblical allusions resonating within the black folk culture highlights a unique perspective of black identity. The use of poetry, letters, various style of writings, and stream of conscious thought like writing induces the reader into the position of Nathaniel. The beauty of the black folk culture had been honed through the issues faced by the narrator’s ancestors and their struggle of defining the black race was captured by Forrest work of art.
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