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The Slave Dancer

The crisis in The Slave Dancer may be identified with the protagonist’s personal growth or with the plot overall. As an adolescent boy, Jessie Bollier is thrust into a challenging situation to...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2019 6:38 pm UTC

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The Slave Dancer

The exposition of any story is an introduction to the main characters and situations of the plot. In "The Slave Dancer" the exposition would be at the beginning of the story when we meet...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2008 10:57 am UTC

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The Slave Dancer

Quotes which are important because they represent major themes in the book are:"You'll see some bad things, but if you didn't see them, they'd still be happening..."...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2008 8:20 pm UTC

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The Slave Dancer

Ned Grime is the ship's carpenter. He isn't a sailor and knows very little about running a ship. He considers himself better and above the rest of the crew. He acts like he is a very religious man,...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2007 4:34 am UTC

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The Slave Dancer

Captain Cawthorne keeps an assortment of clothing in the large chest in his cabin. The clothing is made from luxurious silks and laces. There are women's gowns, hats, shawls, seamen's trousers, and...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2018 7:49 pm UTC

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The Slave Dancer

The mistake that Ben Stout makes is that he fails to identify the flag on the ship that is near them as being American. At this stage, America opposed slavery and set out actively to stop slave...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2012 2:29 pm UTC

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The Slave Dancer

Good question! In the book The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox, Jessie does not initially realize why he has been kidnapped. However, after time on the ship, he soon ascertains his purpose—to play his...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016 9:11 pm UTC

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The Slave Dancer

Great question! In the book The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox, Jessie’s mother (Mrs. Bollier) has an admirable personality. In the book, many qualities of her personality are revealed, such as being...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2016 3:31 pm UTC

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The Slave Dancer

Interesting question! In the book The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox, Jessie witnesses his first whipping on the ship. In the story, Purvis is declared to be the thief of the Captain’s personal food....

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016 6:50 pm UTC

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The Slave Dancer

Jessie thinks Daniel is an escaped slave because he lives in isolation in the forest, nowhere near other people. Jessie is a boy who plays the fife to help support his family until he is kidnapped...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2013 10:20 pm UTC

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The Slave Dancer

Paula Fox’s 1973 young adult fiction book The Slave Dancer, winner of the prestigious Newbery Award for its distinguished contribution to literature for children, features eleven unnumbered...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2020 2:55 am UTC

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The Slave Dancer

Benjamin Stout is one of the sailors aboard the slave ship Moonlight. Jessie first meets him when Benjamin approaches him and introduces himself. "A tall, heavy-limbed man," Benjamin apologizes for...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2019 9:12 pm UTC

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The Slave Dancer

Great question! In The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox, Stout smiles at the end of chapter three. Although this might seem like an ordinary reaction, the context illustrates that this smile represents...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016 7:37 pm UTC

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The Slave Dancer

In "The Slave Dancer," the section of the novel called "The Bight of Benin" is where Jessie's real reason for being brought on board "The Moonlight" really begins....

Latest answer posted December 13, 2008 11:42 am UTC

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The Slave Dancer

Jessie is a 13 year-old boy that has been imprisoned on a slave ship. The theme of this novel is imprisonment and the fight for freedom. Jessie is taken from his home against his will and put...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2009 6:49 am UTC

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The Slave Dancer

In the novel "The Slave Dancer," Jessie and Ras are fed, sheltered and cared for by Daniel. Daniel is a run-away slave who has mangaged to build himself an nice little place in the...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2008 11:29 am UTC

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The Slave Dancer

In the book The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox, Purvis offers interesting information about the ownership of slave ships to Jessie. While Jessie and Purvis are talking, Purvis informs Jessie about the...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016 9:46 pm UTC

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The Slave Dancer

Clay Purvis becomes upset when Jessie shows concern for the kidnapped Africans because he feels that his own ancestors' suffering is demeaned by Jessie's attitude. Although he is hard-working and...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2009 12:43 am UTC

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The Slave Dancer

When Nicholas Sparks is dropped overboard, Jesse swears that "before he disappear(s) beneath the water...he (takes) three steps". The Biblical allusion here is to Christ walking on the water, but...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2009 5:51 am UTC

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The Slave Dancer

Interesting question! In the book The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox, the captain ordered Nicholas Spark to be thrown overboard. Before Spark was thrown overboard, Spark was attacked by one of the...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2016 5:42 pm UTC

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The Slave Dancer

In "The Slave Dancer," at the time when Jessie is playing his fife for the slaves on-board The Moonlight, he sees a young black boy about his age staring at him. Later this boy is the...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2008 1:17 am UTC

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The Slave Dancer

The Moonlight is a slave ship involved in the highly lucrative trade of human cargo. As Jessie discovers after being kidnapped and taken aboard the ship, the Moonlight is heading off to Africa,...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2021 6:35 am UTC

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The Slave Dancer

Clay Purvis, in Paula Fox's novel The Slave Dancer, can be defined as an ignorant man. In order to do so, and justify the characterization, one needs to understand what ignorant means. Ignorant...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2012 9:30 am UTC

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The Slave Dancer

What you are asking about here is the third element in the usual plot diagram of a well-written story: exposition, inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution. In The...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2015 9:08 pm UTC

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The Slave Dancer

It is clear from the final chapter of this impressive book that Jessie returns back to his home a much maturer and less naive young man. However, in particular, these final pages indicate that...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2012 2:55 pm UTC

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The Slave Dancer

Enotes provides the interesting history of the slave trade during this period of time. Go to the link below and click on "Historical Context" on the right. I'll briefly summarize some of...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2007 8:19 am UTC

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The Slave Dancer

Before he's abducted, Jessie is a fairly normal thirteen-year-old. He's poor, so he dreams of being rich. He's curious about what he doesn't know. His abduction changes his life forever. Jessie is...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2007 2:41 am UTC

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The Slave Dancer

The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox (1923–2017) is a young adult historical fiction novel that opens in 1840 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The story is narrated in first person by thirteen-year-old Jessie...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2019 6:15 pm UTC

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The Slave Dancer

The Slave Dancer is a novel written by Paula Fox. In this novel, a young boy named Jessie is kidnapped and spends time traveling to West Africa on a slave ship. In order to write a realistic...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2019 5:31 pm UTC

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The Slave Dancer

In "The Slave Dancer," by Paula Fox, Jessie has been kidnapped and is on a slave ship. He is forced to play is fife while the slaves are forced to "dance" on the trip from...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2008 10:33 am UTC

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The Slave Dancer

Cawthorne uses a ruse in order to land safely in Cuban waters by cunningly changing the flags as needed. In the chapter titled "The Spaniard," Jessie describes how the trick was...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2008 8:20 am UTC

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The Slave Dancer

In the book The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox, Jessie is forced to play his fife to make the slaves dance every other day. After the slaves are brought onto the ship, Jessie is forced to make the...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2016 3:55 pm UTC

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The Slave Dancer

In the book, The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox, there are several insightful quotations about the friendship between Ras and Jessie. When looking for a quote, it helps to have a solid understanding of...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2016 2:17 pm UTC

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The Slave Dancer

Interesting question! In the book The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox, Purvis and Jessie had an unusual relationship. Foremost, Jessie appeared to trust Purvis more than some of the other sailors,...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2016 3:13 pm UTC

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The Slave Dancer

The term "exposition" refers not only to the setting of a story, but to the background information provided by the author so that the conflict to be developed has some context to it....

Latest answer posted November 13, 2007 11:39 am UTC

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The Slave Dancer

Captain Cawthorne has a large chest full of lace, silk, and luxurious clothing items. He tells Jessie, who drags the chest onto the ship's deck, that the crew likes to have a little entertainment...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2021 10:57 am UTC

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The Slave Dancer

One quality that Jessie admires in the sailors is the fact that they work so hard. He notices right away that they are "never idle"; the only time they seem to have even a moment of free time is...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2009 7:35 am UTC

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The Slave Dancer

Jessie explains how his father dies a few pages into Chapter 1:"I had been four, and Betty a month from being born, when my father drowned in the Mississipppi River. He had been working on a...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2007 1:07 am UTC

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The Slave Dancer

You might be looking for a couple of answer here, so I will provide both.The literal last horror Jesse experiences is watching slaves being tossed over the side of the ship, alive, when Cawthorne...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2007 7:56 am UTC

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The Slave Dancer

Sandra-I don't understand your question. Do you have specific words you are trying to understand?

Latest answer posted October 29, 2007 10:43 am UTC

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The Slave Dancer

Jessie is thirteen years old and lives with his mother and little sister. When he's abducted, he sees the small space the slaves are to occupy, and Jessie's compassion for them grows even...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2007 4:47 am UTC

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The Slave Dancer

At the end of the story, indirectly Jessie helps Ras to escape, and it is clear that this was the right thing to do. After the horrors that Jessie had been forced to witness, and not only witness,...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2013 6:24 am UTC

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The Slave Dancer

The answer to this question can be found in the first chapter of this great novel, which details how Jessie was kidnapped by the sailors and taken to the ship. As he walks back home, dreaming of...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2011 9:40 pm UTC

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The Slave Dancer

That is a big section of the novel you are talking about, so I have also included some links below to the enotes study guide section of this novel so you can gain more information about what...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2011 8:08 pm UTC

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The Slave Dancer

The followin is from the enotes quicknotes: Jessie Bollier, the narrator of The Slave Dancer, relates how he was kidnapped at age thirteen and made to play his fife on a slave ship, how he endured...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2007 11:33 am UTC

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The Slave Dancer

It's a very crude way of preventing the slaves on board the ship from dying. Gardere tells Jessie that he's often seen slaves die through sitting down, with their heads on their knees, and not...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2018 8:00 pm UTC

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The Slave Dancer

Following the crash of The Moonlight on the reefs of the coast, Jessie and Ras swim to land. An elderly man named "Daniel" comes to their aid and takes care of them until they regain...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2008 11:19 am UTC

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The Slave Dancer

Jessie leaves the South and goes to Rhode Island because there is no slavery there. After his harrowing experiences on the slave ship, he wants to get as far away as he can from where the...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2009 4:45 pm UTC

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The Slave Dancer

Interesting question! In the book The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox, Jessie is afraid of a slave uprising. When the slave ship arrives at the coast to load the slaves, Jessie learns that he might carry...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2016 6:34 pm UTC

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The Slave Dancer

In the book The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox, Jessie overcame several obstacles to finally find his way home. After being shipwrecked and swimming to shore, Jessie discovered that he arrived in...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2016 3:25 pm UTC

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