Race has always been a complicated subject and is inevitable. However I feel two ways about her and her poems. It was sad that Phillis Wheatley lost two children and her third child was buried in her grave with her. It is also pointed out that Wheatley perhaps did not complain of slavery because she was a pampered house servant. Another possible audience that she could have been attempting to write to were other freed slaves.
Many slaves of her time did have the opportunity that she had, to go to school and let alone have her work published. There is a very strong emphasis throughout her poems that places God in control of everything that happens and it seems her faith allows her to not send her message of equality with resentful feelings. I think that her simple writing style could reflect her intention to possibly have freed slaves as an audience due to the probability that some freedmen might not have been as highly educated. One of redemptions synonyms is salvation so she got reassurance from this term. The speaker switches from describing her own life to pointing out the implications of her story. There are multiple references that elaborate on the theme. For the first time in African American literature, Wheatley is asserting that African slaves once had an identity outside of the realm of what the white Christian slave owners had given them.
The definition of pagan, as used in line 1, is thus challenged by Wheatley in a sense, as the poem celebrates that the term does not denote a permanent category if a pagan individual can be saved. She took the surname of this man, as was the tradition, but her first name came from the slave ship The Phillis, which brought her to America. She provided education to Phillis, which was quite uncommon among the white women at that period. How he was very devout in his religious beliefs and loved to see everyone succeed. Also, I personally find her writing style to be a bit easier to read and understand than some of the other authors that we have read. Her praise of these people and what they stood for was printed in the newspapers, making her voice part of the public forum in America.
Teacher from both Guinea and Mali t Timbuktu taught in these area even till today. This voice is an important feature of her poem. As such, though she inherited the Puritan sense of and resignation in death, she focuses on the element of comfort for the bereaved. Thoughts on the Works of Providence In this poem, Wheatley seems to be talking to her soul. Such a person did not fit any known stereotype or category.
She seemed to repeat certain things in her poems such the difference between good and evil. The darker races are looked down upon. Let's read and then analyze it. But at the same time, it emphasizes that she is known by these people -- an accomplishment in itself, which many of her readers could not share. Even if she was brought as a slave, she was thanking God for letting her study about God and have faith in him. The last two lines refer to the equality inherent in Christian doctrine in regard to salvation, for Christ accepted everyone.
Her refusal to assign blame, while it has often led critics to describe her as uncritical of slavery, is an important element in Wheatley's rhetorical strategy and certainly one of the reasons her poetry was published in the first place. Sarcasm could definitely be a key to this poem, but I would toss into the discussion that there is a history of the slaves embracing Christianity and there was nothing sarcastic in their belief. They will have an absolute blast and gain mastery of the words. Indeed, racial issues in Wheatley's day were of primary importance as the new nation sought to shape its identity. The poem is a shout out to Scipio Moorhead whom was a young African Painter.
In fact, the whole thrust of the poem is to prove the paradox that in being enslaved, she was set free in a spiritual sense. Besides, I sense a sincerity in her. This has been a typical reading, especially since the advent of African American criticism and postcolonial criticism. In other words, despite the fact that she was taken into slavery, Wheatley says, it was a good thing because she found religion. Nevertheless, Wheatley was a legitimate woman of learning and letters who consciously participated in the public discussion of the day, in a voice representing the living truth of what America claimed it stood for—whether or not the slave-owning citizens were prepared to accept it.
Racism has been an issue throughout American history. He deserted Phillis after their third child was born. When she was writing these poems, she intended them for her Christian audience. Her journey from Africa to America was one of enslavement, but coincided with her salvation. Importantly, she mentions that the act of understanding God and Savior comes from the soul.