My Jim Book Summary and Study Guide

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An old slave women recounts her life in bondage to her young granddaughter. Most people have read or heard about the tales of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain. In the book a runaway slave Jim, recalls how he is hurt because he had to leave behind his wife and kids. In the novel My Jim, the focus of the book is on Jim's wife Sadie whom he had to leave behind. She tells the tale of how life was without Jim and what she had to endue.
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The year is 1884 and Sadie is already a grandmother, she has a young granddaughter Marianne who is only 16 years old but received a proposal of engagement. Sadie and her granddaughter sit and talk during this time and Sadie recounts to her of the people and events that took place in her life.
Sadie recalls countless tales to her young granddaughter about the cruelty of slavery. She tells about the splitting apart of families though slave auction and in her case how her husband Jim couldn't take being in bondage anymore and had to run away. Her recounts about her time in slavery shows the reader just how slavery robs the soul and toils the body into nothing. The reader often wonders how Sadie endued all she went through. The book shows the reader how human beings can hold on to hope and have endurance to go through any trial.
Best part of story, including ending: A very thoughtful story in which the reader will also be asking himself questions as to what he or she would do under the circumstances that Sadie had to endue.

Best scene in story: When the new's arrived to Marianne that the KKK had killed her father and her reaction to this drastic event.

Opinion about the main character: How slavery robed Sadie of everything she loved, her family and her very soul and yet she hung on.

The review of this Book prepared by Silas Brunk a Level 4 Yellow-Headed Blackbird scholar

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   slavery Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   slave Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   Deep South

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