Wheatley’s use of the first person allows readers into her own thought processes. The title of the poem itself: “To the University of Cambridge, in New England,” identifies Wheatley’s target audience; Harvard University students. During the earl...
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...racter and provoke questions as to the morality of slavery. She successfully does so by using profound references throughout the Bible and creating a sincere and very serious tone throughout the poem. Her agenda was very clear; she aimed to inform and to perhaps rid students of the sin of slavery. However, she mentions that it will be the student’s decision to either continue or put an end to this evil knowing the potential consequences afterlife. Most-importantly, Wheatley informs them that regardless of their decision to fight against or to continue the practice of slavery, their lives’ will be judged be it a “good or bad report of [them] to Heav’n” (23).
Baym, Nina, Wayne Franklin, Philip F. Gura, and Arnold Krupat. "Phillis Wheatley."
The Norton Anthology of American Literature. 7th ed. Vol. A. New York: W. W. Norton &, 2007. 751-56. Print.
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