I didn't know about any of that when I started it, but the more I read the novel, the more dissatisfying and even irresponsible it started to seem. His confessions, dictated from Turner's jail cell to a Southampton lawyer, have provided historians with a crucial perspective missing from an earlier planned uprising, by Gabriel also sometimes known as Gabriel Prosser in 1800, as well as fodder for debate over the veracity of Turner's account. Scholars have been trying to claim Nat Turner for various purposes for years. Through the mind of a slave, Willie Styron has re-created a catastrophic event, and dramatized the intermingled miseries, frustrations—and hopes—which caused this extraordinary black man to rise up out of the early mists of our history and strike down those who held his people in bondage. Starting in the dark of night, Turner and his group Actual rating: 2.
Nat Turner believed he was given this mission by God. Yet, it was morally wrong. It is a powerful novel. He feels guilt for one thing, then another. He believed that he had visions from God, and that God told him that he must take action against the slave owners.
Or do you mean killing slaves versus killing the person who binds you? One of the earliest detractors was Lerone Bennett Jr. Nat's success came at a steep price, though. This is a terrible book. He is also oddly calm both about the previous rebellion and his upcoming execution. The rebellion led to a series of reactionary measures against enslaved persons and especially against free blacks across the South.
Filled with unreasoning hatred, Will the axe-wielding maniac slays all the white women but Margaret, openly taunting Nat and daring him to prove his black manhood to the rest of the recruits. The only real record is the Grey interview account shortly before his death. Powerful writing, powerful characters, powerful themes; this is what great literature is meant to be. I then went to Mr. He said he would, or loose his life. No one knows because there is so little about him that is extant.
Punctuation and spelling have occasionally been silently corrected. Bryant's and rejoin us at Mrs. What if the numbers and events were altered regarding the over 12 million lost in the Holocaust? In 1831 Nat Turner led the largest slave uprising in American history, murdering 60 white men, women and children with a mob of slaves in Virginia. While the white slaveowners in the novel, especially the wealthy ones, are represented as generous, courteous, and basically decent, poor whites are held up to ridicule as simpletons and deviants. Abe quoting Christ seems to hit the bullseye.
Who has the authority to decide which interpretations of history are fit for mass consumption and which are not? Whereas Styron thought he was following Lukacs' advice. He found out that he couldn't deal with the violence that he himself had ordained. Styron's intention may have been to show how the system of slavery brutalised everyone, but the fact remains that he has come up with a portrait of a black man which would have pleased the most unpleasant proponent of white supremacy. It was at the time of black power and the civil rights movement. It is worth reading for anyone interested in slavery, American history, the Civil War. To me, it is unfortunate that Styron left us so few works of novel-length fiction. The reader should be attentive also to his remarks about his own experiences of being a slave.
Some hav A controversial winner of the 1967 Pulitzer Prize Here we are, 34 years later and The Confessions of Nat Turner is still in the news. And I really am not going to dance around spoilers. Styron threw in the old chestnut of a black man lusting after a white woman which made my head ache. I had forgotten that in the many years that passed. Most of Turner's confession is a step-by-step, almost laconic description of the revolt itself. Phipps present his gun, he said he knew it was impossible for him to escape as the woods were full of men; he therefore thought it was better to surrender, and trust to fortune for his escape.
Originally negative impressions, years ago about the book. If you want an excellent book on slavery in America, read ; it's fabulous. In the novel Styron chooses to write in the first-person voice of Nat Turner himself, perhaps the greatest rebel slave of the nineteenth century—the man who led a band of Virginia slaves in 1831 to murder over fifty whites. It was at the time of black power and the civil rights movement. It is this frustration that ultimately drives him to slaughter, but it is also this frustration that leads to his undoing.
But, really, these are minor passages in the book, compared to everything else used by the author to convey what the life of a slave might have been like. Gray grew up in a wealthy family with deep roots in Southampton County and powerful connections in local, state, and federal politics. I am not certain that it is fair to grade this book based in part on the controversy it created. To juxtapose this book I'm also reading Styron's Nat Turner seems to be awash in controversy which makes me hesitate to throw my opinion onto the pile but what they hey? His answer was, I do not. He shares his mission with four fellow slaves and begins planning; details of how the party was assembled are given on ensuing pages. I requested him not to shoot and I would give up, upon which he demanded my sword.
William Williams' --having killed him and two little boys that were there; while engaged in this, Mrs. It was very interesting as it described his process in making some of the decisions he was faced with where there were gaps in the historical record, or when it seemed that something contrary to the record might work better for the purposes of his novel. Thus Styron wants to alter this man's personality. Historians, literary critics, and book reviewers, writing in newspapers and magazines across the country, hailed the book as a milestone in the literature of American race relations. At public forums, young activists shouted Styron down when he tried to defend himself. Discouraged, Eppes soon sells young Nat to a pair of cruel redneck farmers who brutally whip the frightened, timid slave and treat him like an animal. The attitudes of all whites, and of the culture, conveyed this message, and it was not surprising that some victims of the horrors of slavery were then driven to murderous rage.