Element of the American Literature (Freedom (To be yourself …
Element of the American Literature
To be yourself
Instantaneously your attachment seems fragile, tenuous, subject to any transgression of you historical self (14)
"But what about freedom?" "Leave me alone, boy; my head aches!" (Ellison 11)
... the one who took Baby Suggs’ place after Halle bought her with five years of Sundays.
I suppose .... which I was planning my escape (63).
He sat up and bent a severe gaze upon the fair face ... whose family rights he was enjoying
Freeing yourself was one thing;
claiming ownership of that freed self was another.
The man at the cash register wants to know if you think your card will work (Rankine 54)
"What?" they yelled. "...equality" (Ellison 454)
“I want you pregnant, Sethe. Would you do that for me?”
He then told her to cross her hands, calling her at the same time a d––––d b––––h (Douglass 4).
“One of the twins!” soliloquized Tom; “how lucky! It is the knife that has done him this grace.
“It’s not! It’s not the house. It’s us! And it’s you!”
To those songs ... of the dehumanizing character of slavery (9)
“I will sell you here though you don’t deserve it. You ought to be sold down the river.”
You said they stole your milk. I never knew what it was that messed him up. That was it, I guess. All I knew was that something broke him
They haring ... of the concrete floor leveled without give? (100)
In one corner I glimpsed a boy violently punching the air and heard him scream in pain (Ellison 448)
Anything dead coming back to life hurts
This good spirit was from God, and to him I offer thanksgiving and praise (19).
“Oh, de good Lord God have mercy on po’ sinful me—I’s sole down de river!”
That child she could not love
and the rest she would not. “God take what He would,” she said.
And as if from in side ... you'll tell them we are traveling as a family (133).
I would get the gold and the bills ... I would throw my body against the boys nearest me to black them from the gold (Ellison 451)
If Paul D could do it my daddy could too. Angel man.
We should all be together. Me, him and Beloved
The good Irishman seemed to be deeply affected by the statement (25)
I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves (Ellison 442)
“Halle and me want to be married, Mrs. Garner.”
“Halle’s nice, Sethe. He’ll be good to you.”
... because there is only one guy who is always the guy fitting the description (104)
But they are strangers making their way in a new community. Is it nothing to them to appear as pets of an Oriental prince—at no expense?
Who decided that,
because slave life had “busted her legs, back, head, eyes, hands, kidneys, womb and tongue,”
I should have probably felt at the death of a stranger (2).
I am an invisible man (Ellison 3).
“I was pregnant with Denver but I had milk for my baby girl. I hadn’t stopped nursing her when I sent her on ahead with Howard and Buglar.”
"I'm very angry and bitter right now. I felt cheated. Shall I go on? I just feel robbed (27).
... stone that Dante used to sit on six hundred years ago is let into the wall when he let on to be watching them build Giotto’s campaniles