Stolen from her village, sold to the highest bidder,
fifteen-year-old Amari has only one thing left of her own: hope.
Amari's life was once perfect. Engaged to the handsomest man in her tribe, adored by her family, and living in a beautiful village, she could not have imagined everything could be taken away from her in an instant. But when slave traders invade her village...more
“Maybe the journey isn't so much about becoming anything. Maybe it's about unbecoming everything that isn't really you, so you can be who you …more
“Maybe the journey isn't so much about becoming anything. Maybe it's about unbecoming everything that isn't really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.”-Anonymous
Many people are confused about the elements in their history, the chains that were attached to our ancestors. Every object is a link in an endless chain and is thus connected with all the other links, (that has changed). My book Copper Sun was written by a woman who was the granddaughter of a slave, award winning, and determined to not make statistics become her reality, Sharon M. Draper. Amari (the main character) once had a perfect life engaged to the man of her dreams. However, when Besa notices strange men approaching the tribe, things go from celebration to devastation in a quick snap of a finger. Sharon M. Draper uses symbolism, descriptive language, and comparisons to teach us the controversial history of African Americans in Copper Sun.
Sharon M Draper uses symbolism such as drums in Copper Sun, to show the significance in villages. They provide stories and a space to share thoughts and feelings. “Playing the drum is my therapy” - Travis Barker. Sharon M Draper tells the audience in different ways how drums were used as therapy sessions to heal mentally challenged individuals.“And so they did,” Komla said, ending the tale with a tapping on his drum. “They walked backward on the dirt path so their footprints looked like the prints of someone arriving into the village, not departing!’’ Symbolism helps evoke powerful imagery in knowing details of the controversial lifestyle Amari and Polly (indenture servant) had to endure over the course of their sale everyday difficulties, to the nighttime.
Sharon M Draper uses descriptive language to deeply tell what's happening and create imagery for the audience. Sharon M Draper created imagery so that we can picture ourselves in the characters shoes throughout the book, she also uses descriptive language to cover all details that need to be understood to process the book and acknowledge one's historical struggles.“The men splattered with the blood of men who had been beaten, as well as the vomit and urine and feces that the men chained above them had no choice but to eliminate where they lay.” Sharon M Draper uses academic and descriptive language to show everything; Amari,Besa,Polly,Teenie, Master Clay,Master Derby mindsets and thoughts throughout the novel Copper Sun.
Sharon M Draper uses comparisons to draw reality preferences that the audience will likely know what they are trying to uncover. Sharon is trying to convey to the audience to help them understand how they were treated like animals and were to be used in atrocious ways, Sharon perceives that the audience knows what animals give to people so these women were basically used as toys, presents, and unworthy animals. “Then strange white men, one of them so tall and thin that he seemed to sway when he walked, looked over each of the women as if inspecting goats for slaughter.”“If all men were born free, how is it that all women are born slaves?” -Mary Astell. In this book it will show the differences on how women and men were treated and how comparisons played a huge way of describing it.
The chains of your ancestors are now unlocked so are you going to change your future based on the facts you discover? Sharon M Draper uses many literary devices to explain the controversial history through symbolism, descriptive language, and comparisons throughout Copper Sun. Amari has to hold her own without her family because of murders by strange men. However, she has survived and will be taken through obstacles. Will she make it ? One can get involved by knowing one’s history and discovering facts that others may not know about or may be too lazy to put thought and effort into digging up the dirt that was once covered.
‘“Life goes on…
Whether you choose to move on and take a chance in the unknown. Or stay behind, locked in the past, thinking of what could’ve been.” -Anonymous
This book follows the trials and tribulations of Amari, a fifteen year-old African maiden. After witnessing the slaughter of both the old and young in her African village, including her parents and her young brother, she is chained, by feet, hands, and neck, lined up, and herded miles on foot to the ocean b ...more
My first reaction to the novel was horror. I was horrified by ...more
Amari stands stunned as her parents drop dead from gunfire. Her little brother urges her to run into the jungle for safety; they try, only for Amari to ...more
I started one book for this challenge (Roxane Gay's Untamed State) and found it too dark. I chose this one instead because it's YA and I thought that might make it easier to read. It did, but just. The start of the book is most difficult: we meet Amari, a young girl of the Ewe tribe. In short order, her village is burnt to the ground, its population decimated and Amari and a few other young people are taken into slavery. It was a heartbreakin ...more
What I like is that this book tells the horrors of the boat ride over and enslavement and the grueling ordeal of escaping to freedom without being gruesomely descriptive. I'm a sensitive reader so that's al ...more
While some parts of the book were very sad and hard to read, I was able to power through, and enjoy the ending. One thing I enjoyed about this book was how it said "Copper Sun" multiple times. I really enjoy finding any relation to the title of a book in the middle of the story. It is very satisfactory to me.
Overall, I believe this book is sat ...more
Our PTA recently donated a whole bunch of books. Sharon M. Draper is one of my "gateway" authors, an author I can count on to interest my students in reading. This book was on my list of books to read and to buy for my class but I'd never read it. When I saw it on the stack of donated books, I snatched it up.
It is a book about slavery during Colonial times. It doesn't deal much with abolition or any of the other traditional slave themes. Instead, it begins with ...more
The story is of Amari a 15 year old African. Ms. Draper gives only a short read, b ...more
The book follows Amari as slave traders destroy her home, she survives the trip over on the slave ship, and how she manages to survive as a slave in the US in the 1700s. It refers to her constant rape by white men, though it ...more