Composed Reflection

Composed Reflection - Aaron Karo Dr. Young English 110/15...

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Aaron Karo Dr. Young English 110/15 Assignment #8: “Composed Reflection Monologue” 10/28/07 True Freedom Arna Bontemps was a revolutionist in that he was the first black American to write a novel on an actual slave revolt. Bontemps shattered the barriers of original narrative technique with his complex interplay of circles of disaster and depression. Black Thunder was set in Richmond, Virginia in 1800. The main character and leader of the revolt is Gabriel. He is the youngest of the three brothers, but he is the biggest and strongest. Gabriel and his two older brothers, Martin and Solomon, are owned by Thomas Prosser. Both of his older brothers were defeated by Ditcher, another big slave owned by Prosser, but Gabriel becomes the leader when he conquers Ditcher in their battle. Gabriel’s job for Marse Prosser is to drive him into town in his carriage. When Gabriel is in the town, he usually overhears M. Cruezot and Alexander Biddenhurst talking. They talk about freedom and equality and liberty, which meant, to Gabriel, that it can be done. Hearing white folk’s talk about these things lets Gabriel know that it can be done. The revolt is foreshadowed when Bundy gets beaten, and eventually dies, by Thomas Prosser. While Bundy was passing away, Gabriel went and talked to him about being free. Gabriel, along with others, saw the boat with “free” black people aboard.
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course ENG 110 taught by Professor Davidson during the Winter '07 term at Wisc La Crosse.

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