Book of Negroes Essay

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Yuki Trinh ENG4U The Book of Negroes Essay Ms. Gaudette Page 1 “In life, a person will come and go from many homes. We may leave a house, a town, a room, but that does not mean those places leave us. Once entered, we never entirely depart the homes we make for ourselves in the world. They follow us, like shadows, until we come upon them again, waiting for us in the mist.” ― Ari Berk When we think of the aspects of what makes a house a home, the images of family, happiness, freedom, and good memories are usually the thoughts that come to mind. In the Book of Negroes, we follow a story narrated by Aminata Diallo. She is an African woman that is taken away from her homeland and forced into the slave trade at a very young age. She grew up in Africa in the in village of Bayo. As a child, Aminata was incredibly fortunate to have two loving parents and a warm home to come back to at the end of the day. Unfortunately, her life in her homeland comes to a dreadful end. In an instant, she is taken away from her village, witnesses the tragic death of her parents, andis forced into slavery. She is alone and a world away from what she calls home. Throughout the novel, Aminata longs to be back in Africa and with her people. As the story progresses, the meaning of home also changes. In the beginning, she mourned for Yuki Trinh ENG4U The Book of Negroes Essay Ms. Gaudette Page 2 her entire lifetime to go back to her home in Bayo. Later on, from the difficulties she faces throughout her journey, a home was simply wherever she had freedom. As life goes on, Aminata realizes that a home is where she has her family by her side who bring happiness and comfort wherever she lives. When Aminata is first forced into the slave trade, her only thoughts consisted of how much she missed home and how she was going to make it back. The greater the distance she was from home,

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