Summary and Analysis Project
By Raj Rathod (Period-2)
Interlude Nine, "Life Goes on"
Mistress Henfield was awakened by the whinnying of the horses and braying of the mules. As she got up and looked, all she saw was flames burning her barn down. She was thankful that it was raining. She ran outside yelled for help immediately and soon the slaves freed the horses and mules. She noticed sampson unconscious on the floor assuming he was first to notice the fire. Sampson had changed since. Mistress Henfield eventually remembered Ruth. Thoughts raced through her mind weather if she was safe or was Emma with her. She quickly ran to the house and heard Ruth screaming at the top of her lungs as she stood alone in the center of her room.
Mistress Henfield was very disappointed in Emma because it was her duty to stay with Ruth. The following morning, she felt like a fool as she noticed that Charles and Winnie also ran away. She was annoyed because she didn’t know why they betrayed her. She never was mean or cruel to them like other slave owners. Mistress Henfield even gave them a little freedom and this was what she got in return. Since then, Mistress Henfield stopped trusting all the slaves and sold them away to Jake Pendle except Sampson. She took him along to New Orleans.
He was happy that Sampson stayed loyal forever unlike other slaves. Her daughter Ruth was introduced to the society. She got married to a nice man. He was a banker, who profits when cotton is sold and when it’s not. Mistress Henfield was happy for Ruth because she knew that bankers always come out ahead. She lived peacefully with her daughter and grandchildren. Once in a while, she would wonder if Charles, Winnie, Emma , and Joe made it across Ohio. She was ashamed of thinking but she hoped the boat sunk and drowned them all. If they lived, then she hoped they knew that other slaved had to pay the price.
Julius Lester presents a great perspective of femininity in his novel, The Day of Tears. Julius Lester presents a great perspective of femininity in his novel, The Day of Tears. Just because women tend to be mostly housewives does not mean they can’t do things that men can. There are women out there who are business tycoons, soldiers, and simply mothers that have numerous responsibilities. Rosa Parks, an African American women, stood up for herself. Women should be treated equally like men. Lester shows in the ninth interlude that Mistress Henfield is the slave owner. Males and females are equally instrumental.
Women usually become housewives where as men work to run the house, but in this case, Lester showed a new perspective of a women. He shows how hard working Mistress Henfield is and has many responsibilities just as much as a man. In the beginning of the novel, he shows how Emma was a slave and worked on the plantation but also cooked and took care of Ruth. Mistress Henfield was a women but also a plantation owner and a master. This proves that men and women are equally instrumental.
Lester displayed many great examples of femininity throughout the novel. He showed that women also had the courage to run away from plantations and be free. Women like Mistress Henfield managed her daughter, slaves and the whole plantation. Emma did house chores, took care of the masters children and cooked for her masters. This embodies traits of women.
Lester finally proves to the world that women are not weak or unable to work. He shows how women can do difficult tasks that men can and better too. Women were equally involved in destroying slavery in the United States. He proves that women and men are equally instrumental. So do you think men always act like men and women act like women all the time?