Analysis Of The Book ' The Book Of Negroes ' Essay

1669 Words Jul 22nd, 2015 7 Pages
In the 1800’s many people of colour did not enjoy the rights and freedoms that people enjoy today. In this time, Slavery was active which many people of colours lose their freedom. More than 11,863,000 Africans were shipped across the Atlantic, most slaves died in the Middle Passage due to horrible conditions on the ship transporting them. As a result between with a death of 9.6 and 10.8 million Africans arrived in the Americas alive. With the odds against Aminata Diallo, she faces many losses but through these losses Aminata manages to re-defines herself. In "The Book of Negroes" the novel focuses on Aminata 's self-discovery through her many loses, including her loss of innocence, the loss of safety, and the loss of relationships.
Aminata first losses her innocence at the age of 11 when colonist invaded her small village and sold her into the slave trade. Since that experience Aminata became mentally and emotionally mature at a young age which made her understand to survive. Aminata’s earliest memories was of being abducted into the slave trade thus losing her innocence: “Many times during that long journey, I was terrified beyond description, yet somehow my mind remained intact. Men and women the age of my parents lost their minds on that journey” (Hill, 56). As she describes her journey into the slave trade she remains mentally and emotionally stable while others around her began to mentally break down. Aminata’s mental strength made survive the horrible conditions she…

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