The Intelligent Hero Against Her Oppressors

Amanita Diallo in The Book of Negroes: Culminating Post What gives a character the ability to overcome their greatest hardships and prevail with courage? Often the characters who radiate the most bravery and perseverance are also the most knowledgeable. These characters, however, are usually the ones who have been given privilege; a ready a foundation…

Which Type of Literary Criticism Provided the Most Insight?

The Book of Negroes: final analysis I’ve spent this past month reading The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill and have analyzed it from three different perspectives; reader response, archetypal, and post-colonial. I believe that the category of “historical fiction” doesn’t do the novel justice, for it’s much more than that. It’s riveting. Not only does…

Escaping the Poison of Colonial Oppression

The Book of Negroes: pages 279-470 When analyzing Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes from a post-colonial point of view, I can recognize the problems and repercussions of the explicit colonial oppression that is shown in the story. At the centre of everything is the expansion of European power, through the colonization of new land, and…

Analyzing the Architecture of Archetypes

The Book of Negroes, 2nd instalment: pages 163-278 The building blocks, if you will, of literary fiction are the archetypal characters, situations and symbols. These common plot formulas are shared between a multitude of other works and are used in Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes. As I have read two thirds of the way into…

Ask Me What My Inner Reader Critic Thinks

The Book of Negroes: pages 1-162 Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes, set in the 1700’s, begins in a small village named Bayo in West Africa where a young girl is abducted by European slave owners. She is forced to walk for months from her village to the sea, where the story moves onto a slave…

Planning My Portfolio

The four types of media I have chosen to use to express my thesis for The Book of Negroes are persuasive essay, blog post, concept map and remix. Thesis – With his novel, The Book of Negroes, Lawrence Hill teaches the reader that the most intelligent character, who keeps the most silence and dignity during her…

Led Zeppelin: What’s Original After All?

Response to Kirby Ferguson’s “Everything is a Remix” Part 1 The fourth-highest-certified music artist in the US, Led Zeppelin, has a knack for sometimes swiping lyrics and melodies from other artists. This very fact certainly worked against them in their attempt to win over a federal court jury in June 2016 for whether their song…

Seriously Serial

Inside Sarah Koenig’s podcast: “Serial” episode 1 Who can say that they have the ability to use the weapon that is journalism on a daily basis? Who gets to say that they have used this weapon to stick up for the unpopular solely because of the faith they have in a person that they’re innocent? Not…