“THE LURKING GHOST OF SLAVERY IN LYDIA MARIA CHILD‟S SHORT STORY ENTITLED “THE QUADROONS”

  • Ratna Asmarani Diponegoro University

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to analyze how slavery, like a lurking ghost in the antebellum Georgia, is inescapable in the peaceful life of the female quadroons who have lived in a secluded place. Since the focus of analysis is on the female quadroons, the frame of analysis used is the feminist literary criticism. Considering that the author is a female, a gynocritic analysis is also used to discover the author‘s purpose. Contextual method of literary analysis is also applied, combining intrinsic elements with extrinsic ones. Thus the concepts of one-drop rule and miscegenation, the characteristics of quadroon, and the antebellum Georgia are intertwined with the life of the female quadroons. The result shows that slavery always finds a way to destroy the life of the female quadroons only because they are considered as slaves in the antebellum South due to the application of one-drop rule.

Published
2019-09-16