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Jackie Relke

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How is the seen as closure for Aminata? By Jacqueline Relke & Justin Weese "And now I am Old" {London, 1802} And now I am old
{London, 1802} And my story waits like a restful beast
{London, 1803} “Once I have met with the King and told my story, I desire to be interred right here, in the soil
of London” pg 12 Fact or Fiction King George was the king at the time Her Journey Self Realization, discontent, still holding on to her family
"These days the men who want to end the slave trade are feeding me" (6)
"Just above my right breast, the initials GO run together [...] Alas, I am branded, and can do nothing to cleanse myself of the scar." (5) Still misses her life in Bayo (Simple things in life are gone) Aminata in London Disagrees with abolitionists Haunted by her past Experiences loneliness, becomes ill and weak Fact! King George was married to an African American Fiction He was married to Charlotte, daughter of Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz Was Olauda Equiano a prominent African in the movement for the abolition of slave trade? True! John Clarkson had a brother named Thomas True! He also played a key role in the anti-slavery movement 1 2 3 4 Book starts off with Aminata exposing irony/ her loss of identity Makes it clear that she has a purpose in life and will not stop until it is fulfilled "But I have lived this long, it must be for a reason" (3)
"There must be a reason why I have lived in all these lands, survived all those water crossings, while others fell from bullets or shut their eyes and simply willed their lives to end" (1) "I long to hold my own children, and their children if they exist, and I miss them the way I'd miss limbs from my own body" (2)
"But nothing- not a man's body or a sip of whiskey [...] would give me anything like the pleasure I would take from the sound of a baby breathing in my bed, a grandchild snoring against me" (6) Ends with the idea of innocence lingering in the readers mind "Pink is taken as the colour of innocence, the colour of childhood, but as it spills across the water in the light of the dying sun, do not fall into its pretty path. There, right underneath, lies a bottomless graveyard of children, mothers and men." (7) "The abolitionists may well call me their equal, but their lips do not yet say my name and their ears do not yet hear my story. Not the way I want to tell it. But I have loved the written word, and come to see it in the power of the sleeping lion. This is my name. This is who I am. This is how I got here." (101) What strategy do the abolitionists think will be most effective to end slavery? Why doesn't Aminata agree? What strategy does Aminata believe to be the most effective to end slavery? Nations not so blessed as thee
{London, 1803} Realizes peoples true motifs "Recently I discovered that something happens when people realize they may never see you again" (223) Becomes haunted by her past "There it was. There. I remembered. It wasn't New York. Or Charles Town. It was earlier, much earlier. It was on the slave ship. In the cabin, beneath the decks, with the medicine man" (237) Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves. Britons never never never shall be slaves Grand djeli of the Academy
{London, 1802} Why is it fitting that the final chapter returns to where the novel began? By this point she has accepted her fate and is calm and collected “I found myself that when my time came, I would be laid gently into the earth. Neither ocean waters nor rum would do for my grave.” Feels the extreme loneliness of London, therefore missing Bayo "Despite my life of losses, the loneliness I felt in London rivalled anything I had felt before." (452)
"In the endless gray of London, I missed the colours and tastes of my homeland." (452) Still strong willed/defiant (Consistent Character Trait) “My life. My words. My pen. I am capable of writing” (455)
Pink is used at the end of the chapter to symbolize the evils of the slave trade. Evaluate and discuss the effectiveness of this comparison. Explain why you think Aminata wants to be buried in London rather than her homeland of Africa. "She is an eminently capable young woman, and we will do our best to put her on a solid footing in life." (653) Aminata has lived her entire life without a sense of belonging or a place to call home
Longs for the day to return to Bayo and reignite her childhood memories
Knows the stability of London is a major part of her independence
Now realizes that London is going to be her final destination and that telling her story in this country will make her feel purposeful 2 3 4 Aminata concludes her story by saying that she longer needs to be cared for and her purpose in life has been achieved
Needs to ensure her daughter will succeed
Therefore talks to Clarkson to secure a deal that will allow her daughter to be financially supported until the age of 25 and receive any additional education she desires
Aminata in peace knowing her daughter is
in good hands
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