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This Essay Is About The Autobiography Of Miss Jane Pittman

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This essay is about the Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and History. This essay argues that the historical institution of slavery has not allowed for change to come. The emancipation has set all enslaved people free from slavery but has not made enslaved people free from the effects of slavery. The damage that the institution of slavery inflicted on the people of the South has conflicted with perusal of freedom and change. The major theme of the passage is the conflict of the historical past and the present. Although the novel presents many events of former enslaved people overcoming the shackles of slavery it also presents the drawbacks of the legacy of slavery. The conflict of the passage is rooted from the longing for an interracial…show more content…
Tee Bob’s father Robert did not attempt to explain it to Tee Bob because he believed that these things didn’t need to be explained as they are clear and one day he will eventually understand it. “Robert thought he didn’t have to tell Tee Bob about these things. They was part of life, like the sun and the rain was part of life, and Tee Bob would learn them for himself when he got older” (Gaines, 154).
Tee Bob kills himself with these repeated generational teachings haunting him. He starts to hear the teachings being historically passed down from his grandfather talking to his father and then his uncle to Jimmy Caya’s being fresh in his ear. The repeating of these rules proves the main conflict of this passage which is the overcoming of the past because the historical institution of slavery. Everything that surrounds him reminds him of the historical past, reminding him of the reasoning of the rules that are set in place. “Now he tried to forget what he had seen on the floor back there. But nothing in that library was go’n let him ever forget” (Gaines, 250). “Too many books on slavery in that room, too many books on history in there” (Gaines, 250). The history and slavery books that surround Tee Bob in that library draws upon the impossible escaping of the effects of history and slavery.
When Jules narrates to Jane the death of Tee Bob he blames his death on everyone. “We all killed him. We tried to make him follow a set of rules our people
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