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Sarah Grimke's The Invention Of Wings
The Invention of Wings

Characters
Sarah Grimke- she is an abrupt young girl who loves to read and write and is very smart. She loved to read and write so much that she had taught her waiting maid Hetty how to read and write which was against the law. She was punished and was banished from her father’s book collection. Hetty then also was whipped.

Hetty Grimke- a young slave girl who has bright yellowish eyes like her mother. She has always been a very bold girl. Also was later taught how to read and write by Ms. Sarah Grimke who she had been a waiting maid for when she was young. She lived at the Grimkes house and was a seamstress just like her mother.

Charlotte( Mauma)- she was the mother of Hetty and was a slave all her life. Mauma stole
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It started when missus gave Hetty to Sarah for her 11th birthday gift and didn't want to accept it. Her mother asked her to say it again and when she did her mother dug nails into Hetty and screamed at her.

Theme
The theme throughout the book is friendship. Sarah didn’t want Hetty as a present because she was to a human but her mother forcing Hetty on her became friends over time. They had tea on the roof together. They were so close that Sarah broke a law by teaching Hetty to read and write which was useful when they wrote letters to each other. The best sign of this was when Sarah offered to buy Hetty’s freedom off of her mother. The mother said no but sarah still helped Hetty and her sister Sky escape.

Symbol and motif
A symbol in the novel that was shown in the whole story is the spirit tree. The spirit tree is a symbol of safety and comfort for Charlotte and Hetty and no one else knows about it. Sarah's silver button were for her hopes and life. She wants to be a lawyer but everyone doesn't agree with her so she lets that dream of hers go. In the story blackbirds represented freedom and being able to go wherever you wanted. Charlotte had always put black triangles in her quilts to show bird

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