Redemption, Reverence and Shame: The Black Loyalist’s Quest for Liberty


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Redemption, Reverence and Shame: The Black Loyalist’s Quest for Liberty
Aminata Diallo, the main character in Lawrence Hill’s novel, The Book of Negroes, is purposeful, resilient and ambitious. The ensuing several pages will – using Diallo’s Nova Scotian journey as a specific reference point – explore how the author illustrates the black loyalists’ quest for liberty as being a mixture of redemption, reverence and shame. The paper begins by noting that shame was an emotion with which Aminata became intimately familiar in the dark days, months and even years after her untimely capture at the hands of slave-traders; it may be argued that the entire rest of her life was a valiant effort to recapture what had been taken from her. From there,...
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.....lso a place that offered the prospect of personal redemption in the sense that a man or woman could finally live life on his or her terms and pursue the things that he or she wanted. Finally, of course, there was shame even in making this otherwise uplifting trek north for one who travelled to such a place could never quite forget that he or she was still gravely dependent upon the good will of the very same white people who might, in a moment of pique, cast you aside. The black loyalist quest for liberty was one that brought all sorts of emotions bubbling to the surface, and no one can forget that, for a great many, it was impossible to escape their slave past.
Hill, Lawrence. The Book of Negroes. Toronto: HarperCollins, 2007.