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the Longest Memory

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katherine duthie

on 4 May 2014

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Transcript of the Longest Memory

The Longest Memory
How do they treat humans?
She believes in equality.
What role do they play in the text?
Lydia is a key figure in the book as she is one of the reasons that Chapel runs away.

Lydia is seen to be one of the only white characters in the book who treats the slaves as her equal.

She teaches Chapel to read and write, even though she knows 'it forbidden for a slave to know how to write and read' page 60

She is in love with Chapel, even though she is three years younger and even though he is a slave.

After her father catches her teaching Chapel how to read and write, she continues to see him in secret.
"We both know it cannot go on. Never the less we carry on with these meetings

What is their experiences of love?
Lydia imagines a future in the north were racial discrimination is not looked upon kindly.
How do they see their future?
What are their thoughts on Christianity and God?
What is their relationship with past/memories?
Sanders senior describes Lydia as a 'proper little miss' while she is playing around with his son.

'I would have kept my peace but he'd just told me that he did not want my boy running around his house because his daughter was being distracted. She is two for God's sake. They play together'
Quotes for picture
"Mr Whitechapel's daughter, who is a proper little miss"- Page 49, Sanders Senior.
What is their attitude towards slavery?
Do they agree with societies views and values?
She treats everyone equal
She may value slaves higher because of the whites views of slaves, and how they treat them.
She loves the idea about the North where whites and blacks are known as equals.
'I began as his big sister'(page 79, Lydia) implying that Lydia didn't feel that Chapel was lower than her.

She admires her father but despises him for stopping the "star-crossed lovers" ( from seeing each other).
Lydia is one of the only characters who doesn't share the same views as the society. This is shown when she is thinking about the North, where there are 'free blacks associating with white women'. The society mainly believes that the Africans are inferior to them.
She loves chapel because he understands what she wants and believes.
She loves her father because he is the one who treats slaves more equally than other plantation owners.
"I fail to see what my father means when he says 'young lady' instead of 'child'- Page 93, Lydia
She believes that slaves should be free and have the ability to make money with other methods than labor.
She believes that slaves should be allowed to voice their opinions and views without being denigrated.

"When it comes to the rights of slaves I part company with everyone of them without exception"- Lydia, page 94
"I realize I am in love with a slave" page 88
"The law which says a slave should not read and write is unjust." Lydia, page 88
"The law which says a slave should not read and write is unjust." Lydia, page 88
'I must of got lost in the image of her, or the story of two star-crossed lovers.' Chapel chapter 5 pg 60
'she exhibits a love for blacks that clouds her ability to reason about any subject involving them' The Virginian ch 11 pg 121
The books that Lydia and Chapel read together is a symbol of the life they live and wish to live. the books are titled 'Paradise Lost, Shakespeare's plays, Faerie Queen, Piers Plowman' along with other books. These are stories symbolize the forbidden love, slaves, workmen and the fairy tail dreams that the 'star-crossed lovers' experiences.
ch 10 pg 97
"I see chapel walking arm in arm down one of these dirty streets with me. chapel and I under the same roof. chapel and I in the same bed." Lydia ch 10 pg 96
There is no mention of Lydia's view on
Christianity but her father does mention his beliefs and she would probably attend church and share some of the same views that he holds.
She sees a future where slaves are no longer slaves but workmen who earn money as a living and are treated as equals not only by other workmen but by their bosses as well.
'I pray for short winter nights'- Lydia,
page 91
'I wish you were white'
'I wish I were black', am I ungrateful, God-Lydia, page 95
'as if to dash my hopes of a future when Chapel and I could sit and read together, he adds, in the next century perhaps. I shake my head, not in disappointment but out of total despair . The next century. Chapel and I will both be with our Maker'- page 88, Lydia
'Am I ungrateful, God?'- page 95,
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