The Sign Of A Great Book

1413 WordsNov 26, 20146 Pages
The sign of a great book is that it consumes you and can generate a wealth of emotions, from despair to hope, to joy. In it, we find a tale that mirrors real life in such a way that we are shockingly alerted by the normalcy reflected in the words. The contrast of the lives of “upper” and “lower” class white southerners exposes the realism of the views of society. The similarities and the contrasts in the different races and genders in the book make you feel their pain, sorrow, joy and struggles regardless of their race but you also get an ending that is true to life and gives a shot at redemption and forgiveness without unnecessary farce. A perfect example of a story about many angles of suffering, whether one is white or black, tugs at…show more content…
It then follows the boy’s family, the family of the murderers, and other citizens of that small Mississippi town, for the next 40 years or so. Many of the Blacks migrated to Chicago during this period in the story, trying to leave poverty and racial struggles behind in Mississippi. The story not only describes the social and political changes in the deep South during those years and those who stayed to endure the hardships of being Black in the South, but also the experience of those who exchanged the heaving racism of Mississippi for the northern big-city ghettos. Campbell paints a picture that gives a startling representation of how these characters are influenced by the settings in which their chronicle takes place, especially with they view each other not unlike ourselves today. Many of the problems experienced by the characters cause the dysfunction in their families and in society as a whole. As we are given insight into this world, their character and nature unfolds, presenting us with people we can relate to. Even if we are unable to understand the fullness of a feeling or circumstance, we are still moved on our own level, demonstrating the brilliance of Campbell’s writing. Racism is one of the most prominent themes in this piece of literature. The entire story centers on the destruction that racist acts can cause. Right from the beginning of the novel, we see how such a cruel act of racism can cause the loss of a life. Armstrong
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