agery. We are able to create a painting of a picture into our minds, allowing us to really feel cer- tain emotions and it causes us to invoke a journey. It inspires emotions of disgust and sadness as one will picture the cries of the cicadas as the dead child is being buried. By inspiring these emotions it takes the reader beyond than just the novel and instead allows them to think about their own life and that “what if” what if that were someone in their life, letting the reader connect the book with experiences that might have happened in real life gives off a more personal experi- ence. Because at times when we read books we struggle to actually care about what is going on. We also see an example of foreshadowing in the passage. “I saw the first of many rain- storms. Late in the afternoon, puffy clouds started darkening. Long before the day was done, the light suddenly changed as if evening had come instantly. Lightning cracked, the thunder grew louder and then the skies exploded” (Hill, 240) This adds a sense of a dramatic tension because it is building this scary anticipation for what might happen next, making readers want to keep reading the book, waiting on the edge of their seat on what will happen next.. This passage is also an example of pathetic fallacy because right before the weather starts to get really bad Ami- nata and Felicia just buried a baby. The weather brings forth their inner anger that they must be feeling due to the situation they have been forced in. Imagery is also pr4esnt in this passage. We get this awful vivid image of what they are doing which you really feel, going back to what was said previously about connecting to the main character. Each of the different examples of literary devices and the style of writing that Hill uses aids readers to develop a bond with Aminata, feeling, almost comforting her. Also having this book be historical and so accurate with what would actually have happened makes you think of our time now and although today’s society is far from perfect we should still be very greatful for those like Aminata who fought and never lost hope. THE BOOK OF NEGROES 7
Work cited Hill, Lawrence . The Book of Negroes . W.W. Norton & Co., 2007. Henry, Natasha. “Black Enslavement in Canada.” The Canadian Encyclopedia, . Black History Canada-Underground Railroad, blackhistorycanada.ca/events.php? Themeid=21&id=6 THE BOOK OF NEGROES 8
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