The ' The Trope Of The Talking Book `` By Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

1570 Words Mar 3rd, 2016 7 Pages
The resilience in the black community can be seen in their ability to grow, adapt, and evolve despite the brutal beginnings in chattel slavery. The end of slavery seemed to signify a new start for the Black community, but unfortunately the legacy of slavery still permeated the black experience. New forms of slavery and bondage that tired to leave the Black community in a perpetual state of silence continually emerged. From slavery to debt peonage to Jim Crow laws to mass incarceration, the black community has often had to use literature to first find their voice before challenging the sociopolitical structures that oppressed them. Due to social media and the more explicit forms of opposition that is seen through events such as protest, it seems that the black community is only now being culturally liberated, but in reality the black community has always found a way to exercise their political and social autonomy in the face of resistance from the white public. In Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s “The Trope of the Talking Book”, he examines many stories of black people finding their voice and identity in a white space. The trope of the talking book is the idea of a double voice text that talks to other text. In African American literature, especially in slave narrative, the talking book only talked to the literate and remained silent for the illiterate. Many people believed that the desire for slaves to be literate was a way for them to exemplify that they were humane and not…

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