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Transcript of Copper Sun
Chapter 27: Death in the Dust
Chapter 35: Dirt and Clay
Chapter 7: Ship of Death
Chapter 19: Peaches and Memories
Chapter One: Amari and Besa
In this chapter, we are introduced to Amari's tribal life. We meet her family, friends, and soon to be husband, Besa. This picture helps understand what a piece of what the African tribe would look like. It also helps to picture what the houses would look like and the simple living conditions they had. The picture also shows how natural their surroundings and living areas looked.
By: Sharon Draper
Chapter 16: Teenie and Tidbit
Chapter 22: Lashed With A Whip
Chapter 36: Should We Trust Him?
Chapter 37: Lost and Found and Lost
Chapter 14: The Slave Sale
Chapter 41: Fort Mose
In the chapter
Ship of Death
, the slave ship setting is described for readers. It explains the conditions that the slaves on the ship will have to live in for the voyage across the frightening ocean. In the book the girls/ women are housed better then the men. The men are chained in the shoulder to shoulder position. This picture shows how close the slaves were and how little room they had. They would be sick and it was very unsanitary the conditions were.
In this chapter we are introduced to the new setting of the plantation and the living quarters for the slaves. Each slave is given a one roomed shack with the basics like a fireplace, pot, basic bed, and maybe a table. This picture helps to understand the size of the houses. It also helps to show how unstable the houses were and the careless effort put into building them. In this chapter we are also introduced to the head cook of the slaves, Teenie, and her son Tidbit.
After everything that is going on with Amari's life she is starting to seriously miss her family and friends. These feelings of longing come after spending the day with Tidbit and Polly. Tidbit reminds Amari about her brother Kwasi, who had died when the white men attacked her home.
They are all beginning to open up to each other and
learn about each other. They are becoming close and like a small family. The picture represents the life Amari misses. It shows the connection between the women and the kids. Like what Amari and Kwasi had, and now Tidbit is filling the gap.
Polly has finally gotten a chance to work her way up the servants scale to work in the house. When the time comes, everything is going good until Amari trips and drops the blueberry pie. Mr. Derby is furious with what happens and whips Amari for her stumble. Along with the whipping, Amari is also told that she is to work in the cotton fields. The picture shows what the whip would look like. It is braided in a fishtail fashion and is frayed at the end.
Tidbit is taken by Clay to be used as gator bait. In the book Tidbit is unable to swim at the age of 4 and is afraid to go near the gators. The picture represents Clay having the slaves at his disposal and they aren't allowed to defend themselves. Clay takes Amari along with him to show off his new gift to his friends. The picture also helps show that the slaves were treated horribly and that they would be forced into doing certain things that would go against everything they had known.
In chapter 14 we are introduced to Amari's master, Mr. Derby. Mr. Derby buys Amari for his son who had just turned 16. His son, Clay, will use her for his own reasons and Mr. Derby will be the enforcer.
The picture shows what each character is like. The first picture (or the one on the left) represents what Clay's relationship with Amarie will be like. The picture on the right represents Mr. Derby an how he treats all the slaves. Each picture is a negative factor and dehumanizes the slaves.
In this chapter, Mr. Derby in his rage kills the newborn baby and Noah. His motive for killing them is because Noah is the father of what is supposed to be his baby and the baby girl is black.
In the story I know that this is a different gun, but the are still from the same time period. All these guns were hard to shoot and faulty. When shot, it wasn't completely direct. This scares most people in general, but Isabel Derby is torn to shreds after her love of the life died before her eyes and her child had followed.
Clay has found the group in the woods. He has figured out that they had gone South instead of North. He was motivated by his fathers death to find the trio.
The picture shows a slave being cornered by two men with horses and guns. First of all, slaves didn't usually have a weapon on them because the slave codes limited what they could have. Second, the men had horses so they weren't as tired from wandering through the forest all day. The outcome is clearly unfair for the slave. In the story, Clay is traveling alone when he meets the group. Polly has one bullet and grazes him and the leave him in the dirt with a venomous snake.
After meeting Nathan and trusting him enough to be led to his house and fed by him, they group sets out to swamps. He hides them in his barn for the night though, but they are wakened in the morning by Nathan's father in a rage and they are sent running. They run to the direction Nathan points them to and they end up in a swamp. In this swamp no one can track them, but they have to be careful of the snakes.
The picture represents a group of slaves trudging through a swamp. It also shows how high it came up on them and how hard it is to travel through it. They are also surrounded by swamp grasses that helps conceal them.
This is not the ideal way of traveling though. They trio tries to get out of the swamp as soon as they possibly can .
Many things happen in this chapter. The group stumble upon a hunting shack where they meet Fiona who supplies them with a wagon and basic goods for the rest of their journey to Fort Mose. Amari is also confronted by her past when she finds Besa in ruins (missing eye) at the plantation. She asks Besa to come with them but he refuses because he has found someone else. Amari is saddened, but she just wants to finish what they started so they take the wagon and go.
I chose this picture because I couldn't picture what kind of wagon it was. In the story the group is given one horse to ride that is old and won't be missed to pull the wagon. It also helps pictures (in father chapters) why they needed to leave the wagon behind in order to cross the river because of it's bulky wheels and unstable shaping.
Finally the group reaches Fort Mose. They have been traveling for days and are so happy and tired to have finally made it.
In this chapter, a woman named Inez takes the children under her wing and houses them and describe the situation of Fort Mose.
We then meet Captain Menedez who is the leader of Fort Mose. He just simply tells the group that each must help out and swear allegiance with the Spanish King in order to stay.
The picture shows what a better town would look like money wise. The palm trees are found in Florida and I picture that those trees would have been the first thing the group would have seen on arriving to their destination. They would see a civilized town and a new place to call home that has a more positive future ahead of them.
*This was my favorite chapter*