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Roots The steady murmuring that went on in the hold whenever the toubob were gone kept growing in volume and intensity as the men began to communicate better and better with one another In this sentence from Roots by Alex Haley the author used specific words to produce an effect in the reader For example Haley used murmuring instead of the more usual talking Haley used murmuring rather than the more usual talking because Kunta and the other prisoners developed a deepening sense of intrigue and of brotherhood and counseled each other on how to attack the white people For example in Roots the story about the relationship between Africans and white men in the 1800s on Atlantic Ocean in a slavehsip Chapter 37 Muttering among themselves for hours the men developed a deepening sense of intrigue and of brotherhoodK K K from different people or places and After some time he spoke againK K K the hold soon filled with mutterings of approval At that time Kunta and the other prisoners wanted to keep their voices secret Because they feared if the white men heard their plan they would know the prisoners had united Therefore they were always murmuring and muttering On the other hand the common word talking is more casual louder and clearer That is why I think Haley used murmuring instead of the more usual talking Then Haley used toubob instead of the more usual white men because the Africans meant toubob as an insult and they thought of the white men as devils For instance in Chapter 37 So great was his fury that Kunta was barely aware of the women singing Toubob fa And when he had finally been chained back down in his place in the dark hold his heart throbbed with a lust to murder toubob This sentence implied Kuntas insult and in Kuntas mind the white men were
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