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Contemporary Black Writers Whose Must-Read Works Are Shaping Today’s Literary Landscape

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On NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast , writer Lauren Michele Jackson expanded upon her Vulture essay , which illustrated how 2020’s uptick in anti-racist reading lists overshadowed the literary merits and artistry of Black writers’ works. In the interview, Jackson referenced literary great Toni Morrison and her acclaimed novel The Bluest Eye , a frequent entrant on such lists. “Toni Morrison loved literature deeply,” Jackson says. “A lot of people do [ The Bluest Eye and] Morrison’s fiction in general — and fiction in general — such a profound disservice with the idea that you can read these novels as some sort of roadmap to racial awakening.”

Furthermore, Jackson notes that by tasking novels with being anti-racist, instructive works, folks are “Reinforc[ing] the idea that Black writers aren’t paying attention to these things, [that] Black writers are just a means for white people to be better white people.” That is, Black writers and their works should be appreciated for their craft and language — not always filtered through a pedagogical lens fit for white consumption.

From Toni Morrison and James Baldwin to Octavia E. Butler and Yusef Komunyakaa, Black writers have always shaped and defined the literary landscape — and contemporary Black novelists, poets and memoirists continue to sculpt that landscape. Penning everything from YA rom-coms and daring novels to lyrical memoirs, these writers have crafted some of today’s must-read, soon-to-be-classic works.

Angie Thomas

“At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them.” ( The Hate U Give )

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While querying literary agents, Angie Thomas pivoted from writing fantasy and middle-grade novels, fearing her work “wouldn’t matter.” Instead, she turned her attention to the news, which, at the time, was focusing on the shooting of Oscar Grant, a Black man murdered by the police on an Oakland train platform — and this story, in turn, inspired Thomas to write The Hate U Give , first as a short story and then as the best-selling young adult novel.

Inspired by Tupac’s THUG LIFE tattoo, which was allegedly an acronym for “The Hate U Give Little Infants F-cks Everybody, Thomas has noted the title implies that “what society feeds into youth has a way of coming back and affecting us all.” The Coretta Scott King and William C. Morris Award-winner recently published her second young adult novel On the Come Up and, just this year, her third novel, Concrete Rose , hit shelves in January.

Kacen Callender

“It can be easier, sometimes, to choose to love someone you know won’t return your feelings. At least you know how that will end. It’s easier to accept hurt and pain, sometimes, than love and acceptance. It’s the real, loving relationships that can be the scariest.” ( Felix Ever After )

Best known for their Stonewall Book Award and Lambda Literary Award-winning debut Hurricane Child , Kacen Callender has written several contemporary middle grade and young adult novels as well as best-selling fantasy books.

Most recently, Callender made waves with Felix Ever After , a YA novel about Felix, a transgender teen who fears that he’s “one marginalization too many — Black, queer, and transgender — to ever get his own happily ever-after.” Booklist notes that “From its stunning cover art to the rich, messy, nuanced narrative at its heart, this is an unforgettable story of friendship, heartbreak, forgiveness, and self-discovery, crafted by an author whose obvious respect for teen readers radiates from every page.”

Brit Bennett

“Oh girl, we have known littlebit love. That littlebit of honey left in an empty jar that traps the sweetness in your mouth long enough to mask your hunger. We have run tongues over teeth to savor that last littlebit as long as we could, and in all our living, nothing has starved us more.” ( The Mothers )

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Brit Bennett just released her sophomore novel, The Vanishing Half , in June 2020 to much critical acclaim and commercial success. This soon-to-be-two-time-best-selling author made her debut as a novel writer back in 2016, with the much-lauded novel The Mothers . Before that, Bennett cemented her place as a new, powerful voice with her Jezebel essay “I Don’t Know What to Do With Good White People.”

N. K. Jemisin

“He’s been here one hour, but already he feels like he has never lived anywhere else. And even if he doesn’t know who he was… he knows who he is.” ( The City We Became )

Nora Keita Jemisin, who is perhaps best known by her pen name N.K. Jemisin, is a multi-Hugo Award-winning author. Notably, the three books in her Broken Earth series made her the first writer to win the Hugo for Best Novel in three consecutive years. (It’s also the only trilogy to have earned this distinction.) Needless to say, Jemisin is one of the greatest science fiction and fantasy authors working today.

In 2020, her The City We Became topped bestseller lists. What’s the speculative novel about? “Every great city has a soul. Some are ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York? She’s got six.” And that’s just the jacket copy. The New York Times praised The City We Became , noting that it “takes a broad-shouldered stand on the side of sanctuary, family and love. It’s a joyful shout, a reclamation and a call to arms.”

George M. Johnson

“Symbolism gives folks hope. But I’ve come to learn that symbolism is a threat to actual change—it’s a chance for those in power to say, “Look how far you have come” rather than admitting, “Look how long we’ve stopped you from getting here.” ( All Boys Aren’t Blue )

Journalist, consultant, activist and author George M. Johnson has written for Teen Vogue , The Root , THEM , Black Youth Project and more. They also published their first memoir, All Boys Aren’t Blue , in 2020 — to much acclaim. In a series of personal essays about gender identity, toxic masculinity, Black joy and brotherhood, Johnson crafts what The New York Times has called “an exuberant, unapologetic [young-adult] memoir.”

Conversational and beautifully written, this can’t-miss memoir-manifesto “opens new doors… [T]he author insists that we don’t have to anchor stories such as his to tragic ends: ‘Many of us are still here. Still living and waiting for our stories to be told―to tell them ourselves'” (via Kirkus).

Jericho Brown

“I don’t remember how I hurt myself / The pain mine / Long enough for me / To lose the wound that invented it.” (“Colosseum,” from The New Testament )

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Poet, writer and educator Jericho Brown released his first book of prose and poetry, Please , in 2009. Since then, he has been the recipient of a Whiting Award, an American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other collections, The New Testament and The Tradition , are also must-reads and, for readers who enjoy literary magazines, some of Brown’s most landmark poems have appeared in AGNI , Rumpus , Oxford American and The Missouri Review .

Leah Johnson

“I never needed this race, or a hashtag, or the king to be a queen. I was born royalty. All I had to do was pick up my crown.” ( You Should See Me in a Crown )

Author, educator and editor Leah Johnson penned one of 2020’s bestselling novels, You Should See Me in a Crown . Kirkus called the hit YA novel “a pitch perfect rom-com… [and] the queer prom romance you didn’t know you needed.” In addition to topping the New York Times Best Seller list and earning several “book of the year” commendations, You Should See Me in a Crown is a Stonewall Honor Book and the inaugural Reese’s Book Club YA pick. Johnson’s sophomore novel, Rise to the Sun , will hit shelves in 2021.

Saeed Jones

“A joke I used to repeat in those days was: Why be happy when you can be interesting? I knew how to be interesting. There was power in being a spectacle, even a miserable spectacle. The punch and the line. Interesting: sentences like serrated blades, laughter like machine-gun rounds, a drink in one hand, a borrowed cigarette in the other. If you could draw enough glances, any room could orbit around you.” ( How We Fight for Our Lives )

Saeed Jones is perhaps best known for his poetry with his debut collection, Prelude to Bruise , being named a 2014 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Jones’ other accolades include a Pushcart Prize, two Lambda Literary Awards and a PEN Literary Award. Most recently, he authored the visceral, lyrical memoir How We Fight for Our Lives .

“It’s hard to be told to lighten up because if you lighten up any more, you’re going to float the f-ck away.” ( Bad Feminist )

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Writer, professor, editor, social commentator and pop culture aficionado Roxane Gay is perhaps most well known for her best-selling essay collection Bad Feminist , but she has written across forms and genres — all to immense success. She holds a PEN Center USA Freedom to Write Award, two Lambda Literary Awards and, in 2018, she and her collaborators, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Alitha Martinez, won an Eisner Award for the comic series World of Wakanda , a Black Panther spin-off. Gay’s other must-read works include the short story collections Ayiti and Difficult Women , the memoir Hunger and a novel called An Untamed State .

Nnedi Okorafor

“Prejudice begets prejudice, you see. Knowledge does not always evolve into wisdom.” ( Akata Witch )

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Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian-American writer who is best known for her Nebula and Hugo-winning novella Binti , the first entrant in what would become a beloved (and acclaimed) series. The sci-fi and fantasy writer has penned novels and short stories for both children and adults, including Zahrah the Windseeker , Akata Witch , Lagoon and Who Fears Death , which is set to be adapted into an HBO series.

Danez Smith

“i want to say something without saying it/ but there’s no time. i’m waiting for a few folks/ i love dearly to die so i can be myself./ please don’t make me say who.” (“Waiting for You to Die So I Can Be Myself,” Homie )

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Lambda Literary Award winner and National Book Award finalist Danez Smith has written three poetry collections — Boy , Don’t Call Us Dead and, most recently, Homie . Written in the wake of the loss of a friend, Homie is a “magnificent anthem about the saving grace of friendship.” The collection has also been called “expansive” and “big enough to hold a vast mosaic of emotion and style, of life and death, of survival and resilience, of pain and joy” by Lambda Literary. Fellow poet Tish Jones perhaps put it best, saying, “ Homie is how we survive ― in verse.”

Jacqueline Woodson

“The empty swing set reminds us of this — / that bad won’t be bad forever, / and what is good can sometimes last / a long, long time.” ( Brown Girl Dreaming )

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After serving as the Young People’s Poet Laureate, Jacqueline Woodson was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a title that reiterates her incredible contribution to children’s and young adult literature. In 2014, Woodson won the National Book Award for her best-known work Brown Girl Dreaming , a young adult novel told in verse. The Coretta Scott King Award- and Newbery Honor-winning writer also authored Miracle’s Boys , After Tupac and D Foster , Feathers and Show Way .

Jason Reynolds

“I wanted him to know that I saw him, a guy who, even with a tear-streaked face, seemed to have two tiny smiles framing his eyes like parentheses, a guy on the ground pantomiming his death to remind the world he was alive.” ( All American Boys )

Jason Reynolds is perhaps best-known for the first book in his Track series, Ghost , which was also a National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature. He’s also a poet, writing verse for younger audiences, and worked on the graphic novel Miles Morales: Spider-Man . In addition to rounding out the Track series with Patina , Sunny and Lu , Reynolds also penned As Brave As You , a Kirkus Prize- and NAACP Image Award-winning book, and the Newbery Honor novel-in-verse Long Way Down .

Colson Whitehead

“Truth was a changing display in a shop window, manipulated by hands when you weren’t looking, alluring and ever out of reach.” ( The Underground Railroad )

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Acclaimed novelist Colson Whitehead received the MacArthur Fellowship back in 2002, just a few years after he published his debut work The Intuitionist . His alternate-history novel The Underground Railroad earned him the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In 2020, he won his second Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Nickel Boys , making him just the fourth writer ever to win the fiction prize twice.

Jesmyn Ward

“Some days later, I understood what he was trying to say, that getting grown means learning how to work that current: learning when to hold fast, when to drop anchor, when to let it sweep you up.” ( Sing, Unburied, Sing )

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A member of the faculty at Tulane, Jesmyn Ward has a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, a MacArthur Grant and two National Book Awards under her belt — in fact, she is the first woman to win two National Book Awards for Fiction. Ward’s must-read works include Salvage the Bones and, arguably her most well-known book, Sing, Unburied, Sing . She also edited a seminal essay and poetry collection called The Fire This Time , the title of which alludes to James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time .

Rebecca Roanhorse

“I am the only storm that matters now, and there is no shelter from what I bring.” ( Black Sun)

Rebecca Roanhorse hails from Rebecca Parish in Conway, Arkansas. Roanhorse credits her complex upbringing as one of the primary sources of inspiration behind her writing career; “I wrote a lot of SF because I imagined different worlds and different places, and created complex places to escape to.” Furthermore, Roanhorse’s mother (a high school english teacher) and her step-father (an economics professor) encouraged her to develop her writing talents all throughout her life.

One of Roanhorse’s first published works was Natives in Space , a 2017 essay that appeared in Invisible 3: Essays and Poems on Representation in SF/F . From there, Roanhorse wrote multiple award-winning short stories and novels, earning an Alex Award, a Hugo Award and a Nebula Award in the process. Some of her most critically acclaimed works include Trail of Lightning and Black Sun .

Ta-Nehisi Coates

“I was young and love to me was a fuse that was lit, not a garden that was grown. Love was not concerned with any deep knowledge of its object, of their wants and dreams, but mainly with the joy felt in their presence and the sickness felt in their departure.” ( The Water Dancer )

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Ta-Nehisi Coates was once best known for his work as a national correspondent for The Atlantic . But, now, his second non-fiction book, the National Book Award finalist Between the World and Me , is perhaps his most widely read work. Outside of nonfiction, Coates has penned several Marvel comics, including entries in both the Black Panther and Captain America series.

Additionally, his first novel, The Water Dancer — a surrealist story with a superhuman protagonist and a pre–Civil War South setting — topped bestseller lists in 2019. Publishers Weekly praised Coates’ debut novel, stating, “In prose that sings and imagination that soars, Coates further cements himself as one of this generation’s most important writers, tackling one of America’s oldest and darkest periods with grace and inventiveness. This is bold, dazzling, and not to be missed.”

Natasha Trethewey

“I read the line over and over as if I might discern the little fires that set the flames of an idea licking the page how knowledge burns.” (“Illumination,” from Thrall )

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Natasha Trethewey was appointed United States Poet Laureate in both 2012 and 2013 and won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her collection Native Guard . Earlier in her career, she was the Poet Laureate of Mississippi and authored a collection of poems, letters and essays called Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast .

A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Trethewey is also a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. When she was appointed to that position, fellow Chancellor David St. John said of her work that “Rarely has any poetic intersection of cultural and personal experience felt more inevitable, more painful, or profound.” Her other must-read collections include Thrall and Bellocq’s Ophelia .


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The Woman in Black: A Chilling Ghost Story by Susan Hill

This chilling ghost story, written by one of Britain’s outstanding writers, Susan Hill, was first published in 1989. It took just 6 weeks over the summer for Hill to produce this masterpiece. The Woman in Black maintains the reader’s attention the whole way through the book, keeping them hooked onto every word. Hill has written it in a very clever way, making the reader feel the greatest sympathy for The Woman in certain parts of the novel, but in other parts she makes the reader feel the complete contrast. Hill demonstrates this at the start of the book, when we feel sympathy for The Woman when Arthur sees her at her sister’s funeral.

We also feel sympathy that she is ‘quite possibly no more than thirty’, as a woman of her age would tend to care more about her beauty. The disease is also incurable which makes us again feel sympathy. The fact that her child was born illegitimately, meant that she had to give him up when he was very young, also makes the reader feel compassion for The Woman. Jennet was not even allowed to visit her beloved son and was forced to live ‘hundreds of miles away’. This obviously deeply upset her as ‘she threatened violently’ when she was told she could not see Nathanial.

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We also feel that it must have pained her that it was her own sister that was keeping her away from her son. When she was finally allowed to visit her son she could ‘never see the boy alone nor ever disclose she had any relationship with him’. It must have been terrible for The Woman to not be able to tell her son that she was his mother. Another thing which would have saddened her was to see her son acting towards another woman like she was his mother but to her like a stranger. Hill makes us feel sympathy for The Woman when she had to witness the brutal drowning of her child, knowing she could do nothing to save her son. This must have been a truly terrible experience and the reader feels extreme empathy for her.

The noise of her son breathing his last breaths, his ‘cry’, ‘shout’ and then his ‘terrified sobbing’, must have haunted her for the rest of her life. This would have been worsened by the fact that she knew she could have saved her son if she had not let her sister take him out that day. Hill makes the reader feel compassion for Jennet that for most of her life she was mentally tormented by ‘desire for revenge’.

The Woman is described as a ‘crazed, troubled women, dead of grief and distress, filled with hatred’. This shows that Hill is again making the reader feel sympathetic towards Jennet, who had obviously loved her child so much that she was driven crazy by revenge to get back at Alice, who she believed, cruelly snatched her child out of her arms. We feel that The Woman was not responsible for some of her actions as her mind was clearly clouded. The writer then uses Jennet’s disease to make us feel understanding for her. Because of her disease ‘she looked like a walking skeleton-a living spectre.

When she went about the streets, people drew back. ’ This would be terrible for The Woman, that her appearance was enough to make people not want to even look at her, let alone talk to her, further heightening her feeling of being alone. The fact that ‘children were terrified of her’ would have been deeply saddening for a grieving mother. Susan Hill encourages the reader to feel sadness for The Woman when we learn about the circumstances of her death. She makes us pity The Woman because ‘she died in hatred and misery’ and she also died alone and isolated. Not one person loved, cared or even liked her.

Hill makes us sympathise with her as no one would like to die knowing that no one cherished them, and that no one would miss them. Even Arthur, who was severely affected by The Woman, sympathises with her. Near the end of the novel he refers to the reasons she went mad and says, ‘Was there any wonder? ’. This shows that even though Arthur bitterly disliked The Woman, he can understand that with the terrible, tragic events that happened in Jennet’s life, it was no wonder she went mad. However even though Hill makes us sympathise and pity The Woman, in many parts in the novel, she also makes us feel hatred and loathing towards her.

This is demonstrated when we learn that she has probably been haunting her sister for many years, up until her death. This would have been terrible for ‘old Mrs. Drablow’, as she was all on her own in a big, old, isolated house. It must have also been terrible for her to know that it was her own sister who was haunting her, someone who should have loved and cared for her. Hill also makes us feel dislike for The Woman when the reader discovers that Jennet ‘blamed her sister’ for Nathan’s death, when in fact it was ‘no one’s fault’.

Alice was kind enough to care for her child, yet Jennet gives her no thanks for that, only blamed her when something beyond her control goes wrong. Hill also makes us have no sympathy when she tries to take the life of yet another innocent being. This is when Arthur is at Eel Marsh House with Spider. The Woman whistles Spider to come, playing on his weakness. The vulnerable dog follows the sound, which almost leads to his and Arthur’s death. ill HHill makes us despise The Woman for this, because if Arthur had not been there to rescue Spider, Jennet would have succeeded in taking the life of another innocent being.

This also shows that The Woman is more than just a mental threat to Arthur and the other people she torments; she is also a physical threat. The way that The Woman gets her revenge is the thing that earns her the most hatred. How she takes innocent, blameless lives of children, the sole reason being that her child died, something which the children lives she takes have nothing to do with. The children do not die peacefully either; they die in ‘some violent or dreadful circumstance’. The fact that The Woman does all of this just so she can get her revenge, again, makes the reader feel no sympathy for what had happened to her child.

The Woman doesn’t just torment children; she also causes great distress to Mr. Jerome, a young man who was in no way to blame. Hill makes us feel hatred towards The Woman because of how severely she has evidently affected him. We can tell this because when The Woman is mentioned, Jerome goes into ‘a state of near-collapse’. Arthur also notices ‘how seriously he was affected’, when he tries to have a conversation with him about The Woman and his skin turned ‘a sickly greyish’ colour.

Hill does not encourage us to feel sympathy for The Woman as the novel is written from Arthur’s point of view and The Woman is horrible to Arthur. It appears that almost as soon as The Woman sets eyes on Arthur she feels hatred towards him. This is first demonstrated when Arthur encounters The Woman at Eel March House. The expression on her face was one of ‘purest hatred and loathing’. This again wills us to dislike The Woman, why would she detest someone so much, when he has done nothing wrong to her? Another way that Hill gets us to feel absolutely no sympathy for The Woman is when she comes after Arthur and his family.

The fact that Arthur is trying to get over her and start a new chapter in his life, and then The Woman appears and ruins it for him. She kills his innocent child, but still this is not enough. The Woman then goes on to give Stella, Arthur’s wife, ‘terrible injures’. This eventually ends in Stella’s death; however she does not have an instant death where she feels no suffering, but a painful, prolonged, miserable death. The Woman then forces Arthur ‘to live through it all’, makes him watch Stella gradually fade away, all-the-while he is grieving over the recent loss of his child.

The final way that Hill encourages us to feel no sympathy for The Woman is when she reveals what The Woman has done to the nursery. Whereas before The Woman set foot in it it was orderly and peaceful, after she did it was ‘in a state of disarray’. Hill uses this to symbolise that before The Woman appears in people’s lives, they are much like how the nursery originally was, orderly and peaceful. However when she intrudes in them, they quickly turn into ‘a state of disarray’. Some of the toys are also broken; this represents how some people cannot recover their lives.

Hill uses the nursery to makes us feel no sympathy towards The Woman because of the way she can destroy others’ lives. In conclusion I think that Susan Hill has been very clever in the way she wrote this book, encouraging us to feel sympathy for The Woman In Black in some parts or the book, and encoraging us to feel hatred and disgust with The Woman in other parts. I think that The Woman’s past explains her actions however it does not justify the terible things she did to all of those innocent, blameless people. By Ellie Vaughan

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Model Introduction for The Woman in Black Essay

Year 11 – I have marked your essays on The Woman in Black and the ghost story genre. Solid effort, many of you listened to feedback and improved your grade. However I am still concerned that your introductions aren’t fully demonstrating your understanding of the genre. You should be able to quickly get an introduction written and simply tweak dependant upon the question – there are a number of key ideas you can always include in your introduction.

I suggest you consider following the ‘inverted pyramid’ approach. The diagram below is generic but demonstrates  the idea of starting broad and then becoming more specific.


So for The Woman in Black:

  • Start broad with your knowledge of the text and the genre (in this case the ghost story genre).
  • Now start to think about the question and how the key words link to the text/genre.
  • Then give specific examples of what you will discuss.

Below is a model introduction using this approach to answer the question –  How does Hill use the conventions of the ghost story in the novel? 

In the novel The Woman in Black , Hill uses the conventions of the ghost story genre to create a tense and frightening story.  Although written in 1983, the novel is set at some point in the early 1900s, and could be considered a pastiche of the great ghost writer Charles Dickens’ style. Hill mimics his use of densely detailed text, a framed narrative set at Christmas plus lavish and evocative descriptions, evoking a powerful resemble to A Christmas Carol.  The ghost story, undoubtedly most popular during the Victorian Era, is based on the premise of the supernatural with other key themes including isolation, childhood and silence. It is through the use of the first person narration, foreshadowing, pathetic fallacy and macabre imagery that Hill develops these key themes whilst incorporating key conventions such as the transformation of the central protagonist, the haunted house and the revenge-seeking ghost.

Based on this introduction I would then provide a detailed paragraph on: first person narration, foreshadowing, pathetic fallacy and macabre imagery including some reference to the transformation of Arthur Kipps, Eel Marsh House and Jennet Humfrye.

We will discuss this introduction in today’s lesson.

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Charlotte Taylor How do you think Susan Hill creates sympathy for the character of Arthur Kipps? In the woman in black, written by Susan Hill, there’re a variety of devises that creates sympathy towards the character of Arthur Kipps. Arthur Kipps, a young solicitor and a non-believer in ghosts, creates a lot of sympathy and the reader empathises towards him. I am investigating how Susan Hill makes the reader sympathise towards Kipps. Susan Hill starts the book presenting Arthur Kipps as an old man, who lives in a beautiful house away in the countryside with his loving wife and children and has no cares in the world. He is a man of habit and finds pleasure in knowing that everything is how it should be and it should be under control. In the first chapter (Christmas Eve), we see him reflecting back as a young man and his experience in Eel Marsh House. He says in this chapter that “...as I often do in the course of an evening, went to the front door and stepped outside... I have always liked to take a breath of the evening...” We can see that he starts describing the weather to be nice and pleasant, however he has a sudden change of heart and says “My spirits have for many years now been excessively affected by the ways of the weather.” This creates sympathy for Kipps, because it makes the reader think of what could have affected him so badly, that makes him think second about the weather. When Kipps takes the journey to Eel Marsh House he is a young man whose main ambition in life is to rise higher in his solicitor firm, and live a simple and quiet life. He is shown to neither have a dull personality, including naivety , who doesn’t get worried norlet’s himself get distracted, which is ironic because when we go further in the novel we see he changes. In the third chapter, ‘The Journey North’, Kipps describes his journey to Crythin Gifford on the train. He...

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