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Juneteenth THE RESEARCH PAPER Ellisons Juneteenth is a layered and subtly allusive book It depends heavily on a stream of consciousness style and it asks for a greater demand on the reader who seeks to learn about it and grasp its whole The settings and landscapes of the book are almost entirely psychological and dialogical and easy to get lost in Juneteenths formal derangements reflect a grown mans crafted carefully managed self coming undone The main character in the book is a man named Bliss He was born by a white woman who suddenly disappears and a man who is never identified Bliss is raised by a black Jazz musician named Hickman who later becomes a revivalist minister Bliss leaves his foster father and his name behind to become an itinerant filmmaker and a con artist called Movie Man Bliss being white or just passing for white is left unknown Finally he has morphed into a better person and gains a seat in the US Congress as Senator Sunraider The story starts in the early 50s when the famous big toed Sunraider is shot while addressing the senate While in the hospital his foster father Hickman comes to visit him and maintain by his side Hickman and Bliss or Sunraider set there and talked for a while Hickman and Bliss recalled events throughout out there lives the bound and separated them The name Bliss still applies As the wounded Sunraider sinks into delirium and resurfaces his memories swing from childhood to adulthood and back again He remembers back in the day his fling as a young man with a beautiful black Oklahoma woman And a Juneteenth fair during the time he was the 6 year old Reverend Bliss He is his foster father Hickmans side kick One of the sermons Hickman and Bliss delivered was in a call and response style the commemoration of Juneteenth That was when a Yankee
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