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 prohibition of teaching slaves how to read. In the novel, a former escaped slave named John teaches a young girl named Sarney how to read. John or 'Nightjohn' as he is called, slips into the slave barracks at night when the whites of the plantation are sleeping, and attempts to spread empowering knowledge to his people. John could have remained safe in the north but he chose to return because of his belief in the power of the written word.
Night by Elie Wiesel was one of the best books I have ever read. Night is the story about Elie’s horrible time spent in Auschwitz and Buna the death camps. This story impacted me the most because all of this is real. Elie’s mother and sister were murdered as soon as they arrived. The story goes on telling his unimaginable experiences with his father in 1944 during the Holocaust.
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.
by allowing me to reflect on the lack of equality in the world. There is still issues similar to this today involving discrimination and the absence of fairness. Throughout the novel it made me realize how poorly some people treat others, and how incredibly sad it is.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to others!“I mean I had seen this happen so many times.Not personally but on TV. In the news.People getting beaten,and sometimes killed,by the cops,and than theres all this fuss about it,only to build up to a big heartbreak when nothing happens.”This quote is showing that their is bad people who do will hurt others without having a good reason to do so.“She handed me her business card.If you need me to testify I absolutely will.”Additionally this shows that not all people are disrespectful to others.There are people who are nice and treat others equally but there are others to choose to be against other races(mostly people with different color skin).Without
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.
When people lose their dignity, they also lose a part of the very thing that makes them human. Despair, hopelessness, fear and apathy are all ways a human can lose their humanity. The eyes provide a window onto the soul, and thus a view on the person’s mental state. The eyes also function in reverse, as a symbolic gesture of control over someone. All of this is present in Night, by Elie Wiesel, an account of human tragedy, human cruelty, human dignity, and the loss thereof.
One of the main themes throughout the book is the title of the book “Night”. There are references from Eliezer about night during the book, which are full of symbolism. The word “night” is used repeatedly, and Eliezer recounts every dusk, night and dawn through the entire book. For instance, Night could be a metaphor for the Holocaust—submerge the family and thousands of Jewish families in the darkness and misery of the concentration camps.
Truly the book had shown me that African-Americans were not the only people that were oppressed by Whites, but also Mexicans as well and they lynched not as much as African-Americans and all the attention was put on the South, Honestly, I’ve known that Mexicans were discriminated not lynched, and I felt as though that indeed there was too much emphasis on African-Americans more than Mexicans, which is probably why I have never known of the lynching in the US South west. All of the severe punishments that came with the crimes remineded of Draco’s law (Draco was a Greek who wrote his laws so severe it was said that they were written in blood, sounds cliché but it’s true). Anyway, this book was excellent and I had learned a lot from it, it made feel like that I really did ignore the innocent, mostly, people that killed for crimes that they did not commit or wrongfully accused. Just comes to show me how poorly taught I was back then, but now I know and I will use this knowledge to tell others that other people were also lynched, not just one group over all. I really appreciated what the book presented to me about the misfortunates of foreigners living in another country whose people hate because they are from other places, not the native land. Truly it shed some light into my learning experience when studying the
It is fascinating when two people from completely different backgrounds have common characteristics. A world of poverty is depicted in Liz Murray’s book Breaking Night (2010). The memoir tells the struggles of a young girl’s journey from living on the city streets to attending one of the top schools in the country. Although our lives are quite different, Liz Murray and I show similar traits through struggle and success.
Reading the content in this book made me get a picture of what it was like to be a colored person in this time. My eyes were opened to the meaning of the word “nigga”. Nigga is such a derogatory term, yet now-a-days it is used by people so much. Kids in this generation use it as a term of endearment when they see their friends, or they say it when they are shocked by something. Frankly, I don’t believe they know how serious it really is. The fact that white people could look at a person and see less than a human being when they did nothing wrong distresses me. They (white people) treated them as if they were property and below them. Even though we don’t have racism to this extent
The reason I chose this book was because the title jumped up at me and my curiosity was aroused. I wanted to find out more about it. I was also drawn to the fact that the book was based on a true story. True stories interest me a lot and I instantly knew that I wanted to read this book. I also noticed that the book was a best seller and sold thousands of copies. As I read this book I’m glad that I choose it because it broadened my perspective on racism and the lengths that an individual is willing to go to in order to personally experience or understand a situation. This book has clearly
Freedom-NightJohn teaching literacy would mean a lot. In the south literacy was a huge advantage. Most owners thought slaves being literate was a bad thing. NightJohn was very brave going back to the south.NightJohn gave people the last push they needed to be able to escape.
I found this book to be an eye opener to many things that I never really paid attitude to. We all want to believe that where we come from and who we are does not affect what we will be come. Yes all have heard it before you can be what you want to be as long as you work hard for it. But really many things that people would like to be are out of reached for the simple fact that you are not in the right class of people. Even thought