middlespassage

middlespassage - 29 January 2007 Reading Response #1 Dr....

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29 January 2007 Reading Response #1 Dr. Sun Hee Teresa Lee Rutherford’s Middle Passage Charles Johnson’s novel, entitled Middle Passage , is an epic tale about a freed- slave from Southern Illinois. This man’s name is Rutherfod and the narrative is about his journeys on the slave ship, the Republic . One is left to wonder why did Johnson title the novel Middle Passage ? Middle Passage was written in 1990 and the novel is a work of fiction, arranged thematically. Johnson is writing about a moment in history circa 1820. Two prevailing themes are that of power and of theological undertones. Both themes contribute to the topic of slavery in the novel with respect to the roles of power in men and the binary opposition of good and evil. Rutherford lies somewhere in the middle of both classes and between good and evil. He is a freed slave, but he remains in limbo between the oppressive nature of society and wanting to be a good and just man with a criminal background. Rutherford is a thief and in debt to many of the men around the city that he lived
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