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There are two separate types of preconceptions which can bring into a class of this nature The first deals with the literature itself In my case preconceptions pertaining to African American literature are non-existent The absence of knowledge pertaining to a specific subject prevents one from constructing any meaningful preconceptions The second type of preconception deals with the African American culture I like any other human being have formed certain prejudices and stereotypes towards many things one of which is the black population of America Having said this I believe I must first objectively view literary material before forming a personal opinion on the subject This provides me with a better overall understanding of the meanings which the author was attempting to conveyUpon entering this class my only expectations were that the material contained in the course had been chosen for not only their literary merit but also for their impact upon society After reading the past few weeks assignments these expectations have been maintained if not surpassed I greatly enjoyed all of the material which I read from the folk tales to the slave narratives Never before have I encountered literature written with such fervor ideal and spirit It was not necessarily the words that the author wrote that spoke to me Instead it was that which they did not say that truly painted the portrait of their meaning The obvious themes of freedom and longing surface repeatedly throughout the stories thus far In addition there are many underlying themes which the reader is challenged to identify and understand Each author conveys their stories in different manners tones and rhythm Some of the authors utilize humor to tell a story while others rely upon the readers sympathy and understanding to make a pointI hope that the importance of this material to todays audiences is not overlooked In all societies at all times there is always a struggle with freedom whether it be physical emotional
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