Comparing The Narrative Of Frederick Douglas And Uncle Tom's Cabin

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Those that understood how horrifying this situation was, such as the black community, bonded together and created connections to help support those in need. This lesson is related to the differences in society of the 1920s women’s rights movement and the civil rights movement for African Americans. Using the New Historical lens, one could relate the novel to connect past works of art during the time to the abolitionist fight and the civil war. Other works of fiction that were written for civil rights include The Narrative of Frederick Douglass , and Uncle Tom 's Cabin, both written in the 1800s. Frederick Douglass, a slave and author of his narrative, stood against unfair treatment of black people while the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin brought …show more content…
With her “stand-in mother” Rosaleen, Lily runs to Tiburon, South Carolina from her abusive father who still has not moved on from Lilys mother’s death. Finding a place her mother had inscribed on one of her old pictures of a black Mary, Lily and Rosaleen stay under the care of the Boatwright sisters on their honey farm. As the novel continues, Lily becomes a member of the Boatwrights religious community and finds a sense of a mother figure from their religious idol, black Mary, as well as the women who participate in their religious beliefs. In the end, Lily finds acceptance with her mother’s leaving and resolves hot tempers between herself and T.Ray while being able to continue staying at the Boatwright’s house. The major theme the feminist lens focuses on is that there is strength in a female community. This theme became apparent near the end of the novel when all the women participating in the Boatwrights religion back Lily up at the front door when T. Ray demands to take her home. Sue Monk Kidd writes, “I remember the sight of them standing there waiting. All these women, all this love, waiting” (Kidd 299). The women provide the motherly figure that Lily was too young to experience and protect Lily from the outside world 's patriarchal mindset. Through the feminist lens, finding the relationship between men and women was much easier to see. In the beginning and end, the reader is able to understand that the relationship between Deborah and T.Ray was characterised as unforgiving, and Lily realizes this for herself when T.Ray mistakes her for Deborah. This relationship style represented the patriarchal mindset of the 1960s which was characterised as male dominated and one of the oldest forms of relationships in history. The relationship between Zach and Lily is seen as a relationship similar to today’s modern ideals where

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