Copper Sun Chapters 17-20 Summary & Analysis

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Copper Sun

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Copper Sun Chapters 17-20 Summary & Analysis

Part Three: Amari 

Chapter 17 Summary: Amari and Adjustments

The narration returns to Amari’s point of view, and the reader becomes aware of her own prejudices towards Polly: “The white girl, she gradually learned, had the chance to be free one day” and this thought causes Amari to “ with disdain” (107). However, together Polly and Amari learn all about the ways of the plantation, how to prepare food, what is off limits, and what their duties are. Amari even teaches Teenie how to make the fish stew her mother used to make. “‘You know, my mama come from Africa too,’ Teenie told her. ‘She teached me what she knew ‘bout Africa food. Long as you remember, chile, it ain’t never gone.” (109). Amari’s continues to learn quite a bit of English and she “understood much more than she let anyone know, however. Most of what was said around her she could figure out, but she knew the value of keeping her mouth shut and acting ignorant. An occasional slight nod from Teenie told her she was doing the right thing” (110).

That evening, Master Clay calls Amari to his room. He asks Amari if she likes him, and she has a hard time answering the question. “If she said no, he might get angry. If she said yes, he might manage to misunderstand her hatred for him” (111). She hesitantly says yes. Clay sends her back to her shack with an extra blanket.

Chapter 18 Summary: Roots and Dirt

Teenie teaches Amari about the different herbs and roots around the plantation and what medicinal qualities they have. “But this day Amari was unusually quiet, having been compelled to spend the previous night with Clay, and he had forced her to do things that made her shiver with shame” (112). She asks Teenie if she has a root that would kill someone. Teenie said she does but that “death is not for to give” (112-113). Teenie knows what Amari wants it for and reassures her: “Eventually, they gets tired of you and moves on—but the terribleness of it just goes to another slave…

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