Jubilee: Significant And Influential

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It is safe to say the African American literature has impacted the creative works of the world in a greatly influential nature. Many generations have looked to the works of great Black writers to fill in the pieces and tell the secondary or rather the more realistic version of some the world’s toughest eras. The novel, Jubilee, by Margaret Walker captivates its readers by painting a picture of southern slavery at the critical era of the American Civil War. There are many interesting factors of this novel that draw the reader in. The protagonist, Vyry is a biracial slave, the product of her master and his mistress. As with all the master’s children her pedigree gives her status as a house slave. It is more common to believe that as a servant of the house her status as well her light skin and Caucasian features would result in a superior attitude and better treatment. However, from the moment she begins her role in the “Big House” she is greeted with mistreatment for exactly the same reason. Most wives of slave owner’s more than likely had ample knowledge of their husband’s infidelity when it came to their slaves but proper southern etiquette and upbringing taught them to look the other way. Big Missy the master’s wife seemed to disregard her upbringing when it came to her husband’s extracurricular activities. She found it to insulting and disrespectful and made no moves to hide her disapproval. Big Missy despised and mistreated Vyry openly because she proved as constant reminder that sexually her husband preferred a slave. So not only did her lineage bring her grief instead of glory, but Vyry maintained a humble and modest attitude. With this novel, Margaret Walker was able to retell her family history and present the new concept of humble and mistreated house slave. Jubilee was released in 1966 when the Civil Rights Movement was in effect. Although all Black
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