Unformatted text preview: One of the outstanding features of this novel is the style, which is based on very simple sentences with short parallel phrases. There are virtually no complex sentences in the entire book. The simplicity of the style blends with the author's purpose of presenting the basic problems of the natives of the region. Some critics have seen this first chapter as being symbolic of the relative positions of the whites and the natives. That is, geographically, the whites live above the natives on the best land; the natives live below on the barren land. Besides the possible symbolism of the relative positions and qualities of the lands owned by whites and blacks, there is another source of symbolism in this chapter: when the soil of the hills is red and is washed into the rivers through erosion, it colors the rivers blood red, as if the land were one great open wound. Africa bleeds because of this unjust distribution of land as if the land were one great open wound....
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- Fall '09
- Style, Absalom, relative positions, son Absalom, wound. Africa bleeds, short parallel phrases., blasphemy. Absalom