Roots | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by R. Baxter Miller

This literature criticism consists of approximately 19 pages of analysis & critique of Roots.
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Critical Essay by R. Baxter Miller

SOURCE: Miller, R. Baxter. “Kneeling at the Fireplace: Black Vulcan-ROOTS and the Double Artificer.” MELUS 9, no. 1 (spring 1982): 73-84.

In the following essay, Miller traces parallels in Roots between the mythological Roman Vulcan, patron of arts and crafts, and the character of Kunta Kinte, craftsman and himself a mythical character to generations of his descendants.

Most reviewers of Roots have overlooked Alex Haley's allusions to Vulcan.1 L. D. Reddick,2 a Temple University historian, observes instead that the book is a literary masterpiece, although the literary critic Larry King3 believes the book is more skillfully conceived than well-written. Still Haley does recreate the type of the Greek god Hephaestus and the Roman Vulcan who is the patron of the arts and crafts.4 Re-placing the type in African and Afro-American culture, Haley portrays educators...

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