Historical Fiction In Marlene Brill's Allen Jay And The Underground Railroad

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Historical fiction can be quite complicated, consisting of both strengths and weaknesses. In this lab, I will examine the concept of Historical Fiction, using Marlene Brill’s Allen Jay and the Underground Railroad as my primary example. I will then detail what I feel are the strengths and weakness of Historical Fiction, and how Marlene Brills book conveys them. In general, I would say that people read historical fiction because it sensationalizes materials in a way that appeal more to a mass audience, instead of just a history buff. One strength, I feel, about Historical Fiction, is that it can reach greater audiences then a typical nonfiction source, which makes it a good tool to use for informing people of different subjects, in a way …show more content…
Allen’s main goal is get Henry to the Underground Railroad, through which he can escape to freedom. Now, Brill’s mains focus, I feel, is to teach children about the general concept of slavery, as well as the importance of the Underground Railroad. Now, as far as strengths are concerned, I feel Brill does a good job conveying the material in a way that would appeal to children, and get them interested in pursuing further information on the subject A typical child wouldn’t be interested in or perhaps even properly comprehend a book like 12 Years a Slave or a biography about Harriet Tubman. Brill’s book, however, is more children friendly as Brill’s morphed the concept of slavery into a something children can relate to, by having a character similar to them in Allen. I also appreciate Brill’s attention to detail, never shying away from guns or violence, despite it being a children’s book. Whereas some children’s books would water down the violence, Brill gives the child a true sense of just how dangerous a time it was back then, and leaves a more lasting and historically accurate impact. Brill makes it clear that Henry was beaten as slave, and that those after him intend to kill him if he is discovered by them. Children reading this will get the sense of just how awful slavery really was. Children reading this may by moved enough by this book, to investigating the topics further. Therefore, one can say that the overall strength of Historical Fictions, is that, like Brill’s book, it can create interest and serve as a gateway to more historically accurate

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