Harrison Bergeron Thesis
Helene, her family, and the help at the Sugar House. John Lewis Cooper Jr. and Calista Esmerelda Dennis Cooper are Helene’s parents. Her parents are both known as Honorables, because of their family history. Helene’s father’s ancestors date back to one of the first ships of freed blacks to be immigrated to Liberia and Calista’s was the first, her ancestor is Elijah Johnson, whom without there might have not been a Liberia. John’s children from his first marriage are John, Janice, whom goes to a boarding school in England, and Ora.
Helene’s only full blood sister is Marlene. Victoria Dennis is Helene’s cousin and lives with the family in the Sugar House. The workers in the house are known as “boys”. The driver is Fedeles but he mainly drives around the children because the parents drive themselves. Jack is the houseboy but they don’t call him that out of respect.
The two cooks are Old Man Charlie and Tommy, one from both parents side of the family. Sammy Cooper is the yardboy, he tells Helene stories about her Dad.
Galway is the Washman and lastly Bolabo is the night watchman that falls asleep on the Job too often, when he should be stopping the robbers. The sugar house is a very expensive, very luxurious house. Is it built miles from ny other town which separates Helene from anybody that doesn’t live there, except for Sunday when they go into town for church. It is a very expensive house which repeatedly gets broken into and robbed several times, of only a few ivory items each time. Helene believes the robbers to be Heartmen; witch doctors that cut your heart out of your body while alive.
She has trouble sleeping in a room by herself which leads to her parents having to take action. How do the different tribes the workers are from come into play? “l came out with the Agents and I will stand by them, unless they do something more han they do now. “- Elijah Johnson pg. 33 This chapter reflects on Helene’s ancestor, Elijah Johnson, to explain her importance in the novel. It explains part of her life and how the land was seized from the tribes that lived there in the past.
Mast- a spar or structure rising about the hull and upper portions of a ship or boat to hold sails, spars, rigging, booms, etc. Timber- wood, especially when suitable or adapted for various building purposes Mildew- a disease of plants, characterized by a cottony, usually whitish coating on the surface of affected parts caused by various ungi Heathen- an irreligious, uncultured, or uncivilized person Blustery- to roar and be tumultuous, as wind What is the importance of explaining Helene’s ancestors’ history?
Chapter 3 “Who able to sleep by their’self in this big scary house? “- Eunice pg. 43 In this chapter Eunice Joins the household. She is adopted from a very poor family so that Helene will be able to sleep better at night and not run to her parent’s room. At first Eunice tries to run away but as the chapter progresses she becomes happier in the house becoming friends with the other children. At the end of the chapter Eunice tells them all a scary story, which reinforces the superstitious belief in the book.
Gangly- Awkwardly tall or long-limbed Muggy- oppressively humid Clattering- to make a loud, rattling sound, as that produced by hard objects striking rapidly one against the other Nondescript- of no recognized, definite, or particular type or kind Bowlegged- Having bowlegs Why is it that the woman is the head of the house, for the book taking place in this time period? Chapter 4 “Don’t make me ashamed”- Eunice pg. 63 The chapter starts off explaining about Helene and the different vacation spots hen they return to Sugar beach her uncle Bro is introduced.
Henry shows up and takes the children to Ceasar’s beach where Helene is afraid to go into the water for fear of neegee’s. She then feels betrayed by Eunice because Eunice was the one who tells stories of neegees but she still went into the water. Urinate- To excrete urine Farina- Fine meal prepared from cereal grain and various other plant products and often used as a cooked cereal or in puddings Gesticulate- To make gestures especially while speaking, as for emphasis Haggling- To bargain, as over the price of something Sinister- Suggesting or threatening evil
What is ironic about Eunice’s and Marlene’s trips to Bubba Town? Chapter 5 “We want no flagstaff put up here that will cost more to get it down again than it will to whip the natives. “-EliJah Johnson pg. 69 Chapter 5 starts off with Helene and Eunice rehearsing for a play for the annual Matilda Newport Festival. The play continues to tell the history of the holiday. It states how Elijah Johnson and the settlers refused to leave what is now Monrovia and fought off the Native Africans. They then made up stories of a hero named Matilda Newport who saved the day and Matilda Newport Day was born.
It is celebrated by he Congo people and not by the other tribes. Dictates- To say or read aloud to be recorded or written by another Chronicle- An extended account in prose or verse of historical events, sometimes including legendary material, presented in chronological order and without authorial interpretation or comment Protocol- A code of correct conduct Regiment- A military unit of ground troops consisting of at least two battalions, usually commanded by a colonel Palavers- Idle chatter How are the questions at the end of the chapter foreshadowing for later chapters?
Chapter 6 “Those were your ancestors, girl. Stupid people… Now they’re trying to tell us we shouldn’t celebrate Matilda Newport Day. “- Mama Grand pg. 84 time that Eunice meets Helene’s grandmother, Mama Grand. Mama Grand is a women who says whatever she feels like saying and presents this feature when she describes how the Liberians, Eunice’s people, are stupid people and how they hate Matilda Newport Day.
Spawned- A product or an outcome Fraught- Filled with a specified element or elements Cassavas- A shrubby tropical American plant (Manihot esculenta) widely grown for its large, tuberous, starchy roots Khaki- A light olive brown to moderate or light yellowish rown Factotum- An employee or assistant who serves in a wide range of capacities How does Mama Grand’s speech about Matilda Newport Day foreshadow a conflict to come about?
Chapter 7 “I don’t care she’s a spoilt brat”-Helene pg. 91 This chapter displays the friction between Helene and her sister Marlene. They show a typical sibling relationship, Marlene is younger and gets special treatment and Helene feels like Marlene doesn’t deserve any special treatment. This chapter shows Helene’s family going to church but without her father because he doesn’t go to church.