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The Book Of Negroes Expository Essay

1500 words - 6 pages

It is impossible for anyone to survive a horrible event in their life without a relationship to have to keep them alive. The connection and emotional bond between the person suffering and the other is sometimes all they need to survive. On the other hand, not having anyone to believe in can make death appear easier than life allowing the person to give up instead of fighting for survival. In The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, Aminata Diallo survives her course through slavery by remembering her family and the friends that she makes. Aminata is taught by her mother, Sira to deliver babies in the villages of her homeland. This skill proves to be very valuable to Aminata as it helps her deliver her friends babies and create a source of income. Aminata’s father taught Aminata to write small words in the dirt when she was small. Throughout the rest of the novel, Aminata carries this love for learning new things to the places that she travels and it inspires her to accept the opportunities given to her to learn how to write, read maps, and perform accounting duties. Early in the novel Aminata meets Chekura and they establish a strong relationship. Eventually they get married but they are separated numerous times after. Aminata continuously remembers and holds onto her times with Chekura amidst all of her troubles. CHILDREN. The only reason why Aminata Diallo does not die during her journey into and out of slavery is because she believes strongly in her parents, husband and children; therefore proving that people survive hardships only when they have relationships in which to believe.
Whenever Sira, Aminata’s mother went to help women deliver their babies, Aminata would go along too. She would watch and help her mother, eventually learning how to deliver the babies herself. “…I watched how Mama helped women have their babies” (Hill 16). Through her Mother’s guidance, Aminata learns different medicines and techniques to help pregnant women, or treat certain diseases. Overtime, Aminata uses these to generate a source of income for herself when she needs resources. Aminata’s second master, Solomon lindo givers her a business opportunity to be a midwife in and around Charlestown. Aminata narrates, “…I began to charge slave owners twelve shillings for catching a baby” (209). Using this money she pays Lindo a small share, but uses some of it for herself, sometimes hiding it under a loose plank and spending it on necessities. The white people in her life saw Aminata as valuable because of her knowledge (of delivering babies) and this gave her a higher advantage over others. If Aminata never learned this skill from her mother, then she would have had to abandon many of her friends in their time of need. (QUoTE???). This skill that Aminata has is a symbol of birth and the start of life. This symbol of birth helps Aminata to sustain the life of the many African babies in their mother’s wombs as they experience the pain of slavery. Aminata’s skill is also a...

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