Work title Student’s name Professor’s name 29th January 2018 Introduction Reed’s novel Flightto Canada is a read that gave me that illuminated insight into story ofslavery and struggles within the Civil Rights Movement; mixed with the poignantand humor both slaves (as subjects) and their masters underwent in thenineteenth century. Enduring hard work amid torrents of assured punishment and lowwages to sustain livelihood was perhaps a portion inherited by the oppressed.
Amid despair and zeal to continue living the masters had their laugh; andwhenever Negroes (subjects) escaped due to overwhelming brutality, they coineda word for such as a disease- Dysaethesia Aethipica. Despite all the undoing that almost detached me from reading, Reed as awriter uses his character Raven Quickskill that blends well with his own story.Encouraged by his writing skills that he uses to escape the reality of being aslave too, Quickskill in his poem titled “Flight to Canada” bears suspense infancies and witty events later evident in the novel. Ironically popular before the start of thenovel, that same poem helps men from his former employer trace him to hiscurrent residence. To which they confess having enjoyed reading at college onlyto mock him later after finding out it was not truly autobiographical; “Theyhave poetic abilities, just like us.
They are not literal minded” (63).Quickskill purpose to writing as revealed in thenovel was to unshackle self from both realms (real and figurative) of slavery.This he did not achieve easily for a major drawback was how different otherssaw slavery: institutionalized racism was another log in the eye. In his ownwords, “There was much avian imagery in the poetry of slaves. Poetry aboutdreams and flight.
They wanted to cross that Black Rock Ferry to freedom eventhough they had different notions as to what freedom was” (88). Therefore, whennews came of possibilities of his “popular” poem being published in a magazinewith a royalty of two hundred dollars, his being got the grip of freedom, luckyfor him he understands what lies beyond bondage. Thoughts of paying off hismaster and moving on to Canada established his mind, this was indeed my bestexcerpt because for once am happy for him. Quickskill is a true freedom writerand this had me thinking of how literal freedom could spark a fire in slaveshot enough to bring revolutions and reforms to historic injustices. Reed’s character(Quickskill) belief in literal freedom finally paying off is very differentfrom events in a character (woman) of Simpson’s short story Arizona.Quickskill’s yoke of slavery is suppressed by bigger hopes for better futureand when the royalty for his poem’s publication comes, the narration seems tocompliment him and we see him happy as expected. Contrary to a woman in Arizonawhom upon approaching menopause rejoices her terminated childbearingcapability.
She actually tells the acupuncturist that it is freedom, a form ofpromotion to a status “lit and level and filled with dependable sunshine” (Day,2015). From Reed’s novel it is true to argue that the character (Quickskill) isan idealistic being because unlike his circumstance in time he is filled withthoughts of salvation and dreams that eventually come to pass. Simpson’scharacter is on the other hand a realistic being in that she reveals whatSimpson seems to point out as a woman’s real confession pertaining giving birth