Summary Of Colson Whitehead's 'The Underground Railroad'

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In Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, we see a piece of history being slightly rewritten. Whitehead was able to give the reader a visual of how mentally and physically the slaves were affected. We are given a glimpse of what they call freedom and the reality of freedom in the 1800s through eyes of the protagonist Cora. Cora escapes her plantation with Lovey and Caesar and by the looks of it they are free. As they navigate them self they get their first look of what they feel is freedom. Just leaving the plantation is the most freedom they have had. When he describes them as having " invisible chains " it 's like saying their souls could never leave what they are so accustom to. They could have left but the question is "why? ". If…show more content…
This story is great in a way that it gives us an alternative view of the past but still able to tell us the correct past. The entire time Whitehead tries to expand the idea of freedom and give us multiple views of that idea. Juan G. Vasquez from The New York Times was totally correct when he said “ The Underground Railroad achieves the task by small shifts in perspective”. Colson is able to tell one story using many point of views. We got to see the white supremacy in the story. White supremacist is such a crazy thing that it makes those whites look delusional as something so cruel can feel so right to them. Whitehead describes a scene as “ all ages rushed” to lynch one girl. That is some savage humans just ready take a life away because of their mentality. Whitehead gives the reality of how it was to be a black in those times. For example the road called “ Freedom Trails” which sounds like the road every African American wanted but it wasn’t. It was a street to publicly send a message to all the people against slavery which include slaves and abolitionist by lynching them. The freedom trail technically was for “the night riders” as they saw they were liberating their freedom as they saw blacks as threat. We get an raw visual of what how inhuman some whites were towards

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