Essay Question: Characters are revealed by their words and actions and what others say about them. What do we learn of Whitechapel from himself and others?
Whitechapel is an old slave who has been working on the Whitechapel Plantation for over one hundred years. He is a slave who has been married twice and raised 12 daughters and 1 son. We learn that Whitechapel has seen his first to wives pass on before him, and we learn he was really hit hard when he witnessed his only son whipped to death. Whitechapel shares with us his habit to suppress memories, suppressing them because of the unbearable pain. Through Whitechapel and the other characters we learn about who Whitechapel is and why he is.
The first chapter of â€œThe Longest Memoryâ€ is an inner monologue of Whitechapel. Through Whitehapelâ€™s thoughts, sharing his feelings and recounts of his painful memories, we learn about Whitechapel. He believes he is has no name and a nobody. â€œThat morning I faced the world for the first time as a nobody, nameless.â€
Whitechapel shares an intimate and painful memory with us. â€œThe last time I cried was over the pointless death of a boy I loved as my own.â€ â€œThat boy of mine was not whipped to death for running away, for getting nowhere, not even to the next townâ€¦I look with these blood-shot eyes that see without seeing, witness without registering a memory or sensation. The boyâ€™s two hundred lashes lasted no more than twenty minutes but he was gone half-way into it allâ€¦ Thatâ€™s when I learned how to live without being hurt by lifeâ€¦â€ Whitechapel shares with us his memory of his sonâ€™s death. He tells us that he learnt not to be hurt by life, that he suppresses every memory heâ€™s ever had to prevent being hurt again. This is a sad way to live.
Whitechapel calls the boy his, and he loved the boy as his own. Later we learn that the boy was not his