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The Middle Passage by Charles Johnson is a log of events form a slave ship authored by the main character Rutherford Calhoun Our narrator Calhoun recalls the tale of a voyage half way around the world a six-month transitional period which thoroughly reconstructs his previous life-style His life-style of survival crime and ill-sincerity transforms him into a domesticated man who has discovered and can now express genuine feelings of love Examining and comparing his initial and final states of thought one can speculate what events or experiences contributed to the change of his character As entry Calhoun hadea taste for the excessive exotic fringes of life1 He constantly searched for new quick and unwholsome experiences a truly un-gratifying way of life If and when he achieved the quick experiences the happiness was short-lived an adrenaline rush caused by the fear and excitement of nearly being caught in the act Utilizing the attitide as self described by Calhoun on page 3 cityfolks lived by cheating and crime he had thus limited his ability to expand as a righteous law-abiding citizen trapping himself in a life of foolishness Agreeing with a concept of that sort was even considered smart by Calhoun as he claims directly before that Im not stupid7 Indeed he is not considering he attended private schooling through college yet his life and future are misdirected The first sign of Calhoun comes from the description and introduction of a woman who strove his companionship Isadora Bailey on page 5 she was as I Calhoun soon learned a woman grounded physically and metaphysicallyI was ambushed by the innocence - the alarming trust - in her eyes The qualities observed by Calhoun were ones he himself did not currently contain Although he was unsure of his feelings for her he mentions a foreshadowing idea 7 which would indicate that they have a future of love together Isadora is a strong influence on Calhoun however it is
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