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The novel is written from the
perspective of Jane Pittman and gives her the agency to write her own story and
express her own thoughts and feelings through her own subjectivity. She is the
voice of the story rather than a secondary character that is usually portrayed
by a black female that supports the main character of the story that is usually
a black man that is a leader to his community. At the very beginning when the
author of the novel states that the novel is written from Jane’s perspective
and that it was written in her own words as much as was possible, it symbolizes
the path the story was going to take, where black women are given the voice to
shape their own narrative rather than it be told by someone else. When Mary,
Miss Jane’s agent asked the teacher: “What’s wrong with them books you already
got?” Then the teacher answered: “Miss Jane is not in them.” It reflects the
importance of Miss Jane’s Narrative told from an old black woman rather than a
black male leader. Jane is strong and optimistic, a symbol of black female
empowerment as her experiences reflect a resilient character that doesn’t give
up no matter the obstacles that she is faced with.  Jane is placed at the center of the story, her
voice being the dominant narrative. The story takes a form of storytelling, yet
the story doesn’t continue with only one narrative but begins to blur with the
narratives of other characters in the story and in a sense that reflects the
diffusion of female subjectivity into a union of female and male perspectives
that becomes a tale of the experiences of black people as a whole. “I should
mention that even though I have used only Miss Jane’s voice throughout the
narrative, there were times when others carried the story for her. When she was
tired, or when she just did not feel like talking anymore, or when she had
forgotten certain things, someone else would always pick up the narration….”
The novel expresses a collective female experience rather than an individual
one. It is a tale of the experiences of all black female characters and in a
sense the novel is not a story but a collection of stories. It represents the
history of slavery and the experiences of black people. It is a symbol to the
experiences of black people as a whole rather than an individual tale. Thus, in
a sense the character of Jane Pittman doesn’t reflect a submissive woman but
rather a collection of archetypes that push her towards the path of self-actualization.
Her character is a multidimensional one that is complicated as it is
intricately woven, that defies the traditional gender stereotypes of black
female subjects. Her character from a young age reflects a rebellious nature
and one that will stand against oppression and slavery. This can be seen at the
beginning of the story when Corporal Brown, a union soldier, called her Jane,
giving her a name other than her slave name, Ticey, which instilled in her a
need for freedom, which started with a name. After that, Jane underwent abuse
and harsh treatment by her master because she refused to be called by her slave
name. This act of disobedience reflects a resistance to slavery. 


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