|Plot Summary of Or Give Me Death|
|"Patrick Henry traveled through the American colonies, advocating independence from the British. But at Henry's plantation in Virginia, his family faces a challenge of their own when Sarah, Henry's wife, becomes mentally ill and tries killing her infant son. Knowing her mother is a danger to herself and the family, Sarah's oldest daughter Patsy confines Sarah to the cellar.
As Sarah's mind deteriorates, however, she claims she gains the ability to see into the future and tells her daughter Anne which of the five Henry children will inherit her madness. Rather than expose this sibling to Patsy's cruelty, however, Anne lies and tells everyone she has Sarah's "bad blood." Her lie costs Anne over the years, as Patsy browbeats her sister, claiming the harsh treatment will break her "madness."
One night, four years after Patsy confined Sarah to the cellar, Anne hears Sarah beg her husband to "give me my freedom or let me go to my death!" These words haunt Anne when she hears them repeated in her father's famous speech. She wonders if keeping her secret is still the best thing to do. But as Anne wrestles with her decision to tell the truth, her mother's madness threatens to infect her sibling, just as America finds itself in the middle of the Revolutionary War.
Michael Jung, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Or Give Me Death|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- 18th century
Family, caring for ill
Who is sick?
because he/she is
- mentally ill
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- a teen
- White (American)
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- Deep South
Small town people:
- hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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