If you’re in Mrs. Sparhawk’s advanced reading class, this will be your journal question for Wednesday:
Describe three black characters and three white characters from the novel, Roots. Which characters are more likeable? Which characters are more detestable? Why do you think Alex Haley created his characters like this? What purpose did it serve? How do you think Haley’s audience responded to his characters? Do you think any readers were offended by his characterization? In what ways would readers find offense?
When considering all the trauma and tragedy thrust upon Africans who were enslaved, is Alex Haley justified in painting this picture of whites and enslaved blacks from this period in history? What’s your honest opinion?