Immigration & American Dream Discussion: “The Bondwoman’s Narrative”

The Bondwoman’s Narrative is the novel written by Hannah Crafts. Most probably the novel was written in the middle of the 19th century and presents profound and complex reflection of the notion of slavery in America. Most of the researchers conclude that the novel was written by a woman, who used to be a slave herself, but then managed to escape. This fact adds basis and historical significance to the narration along with its literary weight and meaning. The first words of the author in her novel are the following; “It may be that I assume too much responsibility in attempting to write these pages. The world will probably say so and I am aware of my deficiencies. I am neither clever, nor learned, nor talented” (Crafts 2014). In reality the novel is a great piece of Gothic literature, offering a unique view upon the issues of slavery for the readers. In order to depict her position about slavery, the author mixed the two genres – the one of African Americans and the other one traditionally applied by white writers. Although the literary work was written in the way to amuse and sometimes to frighten the readers, the major aim of the author was to attract attention to the problem of slavery and urge for its abolition. The author created the combination of clichés and imagery, describing slavery from the position of a young slave woman, doing her best to escape. The main character of the novel is certainly meaningful for presenting the key message of the author, as this girl is strongly aware of the actual social differences between slaves and their masters, and is placed at some moment at the border between the two categories. Hannah Crafts underlines the impact of slavery upon various aspects of human lives, pointing out the idea that slavery is ruining not only for the slaves, rather for their white masters equally.

Works cited:

Crafts, Hannah. The Bondwoman’s Narrative. Ed. Henry Louis Gates. New York: Grand Central, 2014. Print.

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