ENGL Ourika - Professor Amy Nawrocki Women in...

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Professor Amy Nawrocki Women in Literature (ENGL-252-11HU-2013SP) Alina Sotnikova 19 February, 2013 Comparison of Ourika’s view of God with Phillis Wheatley’s poem “On Being Brought from Africa to America.” Ourika introduces the theme of religion in the Introduction when the Parisian doctor visits a sick nun at the convent in Faubourg Saint Jacques. The doctor's youthful anticlerical prejudices increases her sympathy for the nun as she imagines the kind of injustices the nun must have suffered. Ourika begins her story with reproaching herself for having "shown ingratitude to Providence by being so unhappy since... being rescued from slavery [and] placed under the protection of Mme. de B" (p. 7) Ourika owed her religious feelings to a priest who administered her first communion, but at the time that she first fell into despair after discovering racism and prejudice; she "hadn't grasped that faith is of little use unless it informs every action one takes" (p. 16)

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