Middle Passage Topics for Discussion

Charles Johnson
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Isadora is Rutherford's love interest throughout the novel. Although he is hesitant to admit his true feelings toward her, it is clear he is drawn to her and feels a strong connection with her. What is the impact of their relationship on the story and on Rutherford and his actions? How do their differences impact their relationship?

Rutherford is the only black member of the Republic's crew. How is this fact reinforced throughout the story? How does Rutherford's race affect his relationship with the rest of the crew? How does it affect his relationship with the Allmuseri tribespeople?

From his initial introduction, Captain Falcon is portrayed as a ruthless man, with a reputation that is well known among seafarers. Although he proves to be a callous man by many of his actions, he shows a softer side to Rutherford that makes him appear more human. How...

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