In 1993, Gary Paulsen wrote the book Nightjohn. Nightjohn is a book set in the 1850s, during slavery. It shows the thoughts and views of a twelve year old girl named Sarny. Sarny is a black slave girl, who is uneducated, malnourished, and living life the best she can. Suddenly, a man by the name of Nightjohn is brought to the plantation. Sarny traded tobacco for learning the alphabet from Nightjohn. Nightjohn ran away one night, and was thought to never return, but actually he created a hidden, underground school. Nightjohn could have been inspired by two interviews, Uncle Billy McCrea’s and Walter Calloway’s.
“NIGHTJOHN” Nightjohn is a book about a slave who has gone through so much, he ran away from his plantation, made it all the way North and became free, but turned around and came back to teach other slaves how to read and write. He taught Sarny how to read and write for tobacco the first night he was at the plantation, and helped her get through tough times by reading, writing, and teaching her valuable lessons throughout the book. Although Nightjohn was trying to be a nice person and teach them how to read and write if they got caught the consequences would be horrible.
In the start of Nightjohn chapter four, Alice is mentioned. Alice is slave that others thought would be sold soon, but, eventually, became a—forced—breeder. She was fiercely whipped by the master one night because she was caught walking by the white house—which was not allowed. Alice tries to run away, which reminds Sarny of the time that Jim and Pawley tried. Jim ran far—past the river, on top of the fence rail and back down to the ground. The mean dogs followed and found him. Jim hung from the tree; but, his legs were low enough, so the dogs could rip him apart. He was dead. The next man, Pawley, snuck away to see a girl; he did it often, but got caught one night. The dogs tore him apart—not to death; then,the master tied him down and cut
At the beginning of these chapters they thought their luck was changing, but sadly it was not. The Kommandant and the Oberscharfuher were talking about how Roosevelt was dead and how they would win. After this happened they shortly arrived at Lager Tekla a small Hungarian Jewish women’s camp. Magda was separated from the them because she was already a Lager worker. Magda’s barrack was bombed out, but she escaped just in time and joined jutka and mother. They were later herded to Schonau Lager. At this camp they were a little scared of the americans constant bombing. At this new camp there were some captured soldiers who offered bits and pieces of information about what was going on in the war. Jutka, Magda, and mother were forced to go on a march, but
Ready Player One hits some of the same situations as in the holocaust or for the book that we read “Night” like taking people spread out over a good area and combining them into a small dense area. They both also touch on the topic of how when someone is killed or something is blown up now one raises an eyebrow or if they do no one does anything about it.
Comparing and contrasting the movie and the book Nightjohn The young adult novel Nightjohn depicts the plight of enslaved African-Americans from the point-of-view of an adolescent so that readers can feel as well as learn about the difficulties experienced by slaves in the antebellum south. The book revolves around the
Night john was a book about a escaped slave. He went back into the south to help other slaves escape. He taught slaves to be able to read and write. The NightJohn book was published in 1993 and the movie was created in 1996. There was bravery and prejudice even
6. Sarny’s mother is not around because she was sold when Sarny was four years old and old Delie raised Sarny.
In Chapter 4 of Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen, it explains in detail what would happen to slaves during a crucial time period. On Waller's plantation Sarney remembers a time when two men tried to escape the plantation without anyone knowing. One man named JIm tried to escape the plantation to get freedom, he tried to run. The dogs, Waller, and the field hands were able to catch him because he tried to climb a small tree, the dogs were able to reach him and they shredded his legs than left his there. The second man named Pawley tried to escape for a different reason; he went to go see a girl he was dating. He was able to escape, see the girl, but he fell asleep on her and he was caught. Also she just had a first hand experience watching a women
The writing of Douglass shows how slavery survived into the 1800’s. The slaveholders led a campaign of terror against their slaves. The laws forbid teaching slaves to read. This was a well-respected principle of the slave-owners, “that education and slavery were incompatible with each other”. The attempts to keep slaves illiterate served to keep their minds as well as their bodies from being freed. With no knowledge of the abolitionist movement in
In chapter 4 of Nightjohn, by Gary Paulsen, many terrifying events happened. Alice, a field hand that became a breeder, ran away after being forced to breed. She didn’t get far, so she was eaten up by Clel Waller’s dogs; she didn’t die, but she was cut up very bad. Sarny, a 12 year old narrator, recalls two slaves that ran away and what happened to them. Jim ran away and when he was caught the next morning, he got eaten up by the dogs and died there. Pawley was sneaking out to meet up with a female slave on a different plantation; when he was caught, he got bitten the by the dogs, and got a big cut from Waller, so he bled to death. The night Alice ran away, Sarny learned the second and third letter of the alphabet from Nightjohn. Nightjohn
With something as simple as courage you can stand up for what you believe in. Sometimes it’s easier to fall in the shadows and forget about your dreams, it takes a special kind of person to have courage in themselves and to help others attain it aswell. In the book
Sarny, a 12-year-old slave girl in the ante-bellum south, faces a relatively hopeless life. Her chief duties at the plantation of Clel Waller are serving at table, spitting tobacco juice on roses to prevent bugs, and secretly conveying intimate messages between Waller 's wife, Callie, and Dr. Chamberlaine. Then Nightjohn
Night john escaped slavery but came back to teach young slaves how to read and
Slaves in the American south struggled to read or write and were mistreated. Auld’s wife taught him the alphabet even though it was against the law to teach slaves to read and write..Next he was moved to a plantation owned by William Freeman where he taught other on the plantation to read the bible at weekly church services.Often,as many as 40 slaves would attend lessons.Local slaves owners became angry and they stopped the church meetings with clubs and stones.He was helping slaves learn to read and write when they were at the church meeting and owners were really confused when the slaves were writing