Slaughter of the Innocence: “March: Book One” by John Lewis (1/3)

Are heroes born or made?

“March” by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell centers around the life of civil rights icon John Lewis. As with most racially involved literature, a few things need to be mentioned.

 


Black & White Imagery

The use of black and white is interesting too. Lewis’ face becomes darker in his more intense moments.

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It’s almost as if his darkness gives him power, intensity, focus. I found it interesting on page 27 (above), that he was completely blacked out but the writing on him was white. Maybe it’s symbolic of the Bible being the “white man’s word,” or it is meant to replicate a chalk-board (due to the font style). Either way,  it will interesting to explore the art style–but as usual I’m drawing a blank.


Religious Imagery [Chickens]

Even though “they never quite said amen,” having multiple pairs of eyes transfixed on him–even if they are chickens– is good practice for public speaking in the future (p.27).

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The heartbrokenness he displayed at the almost accidental death by baptism on page 31 (above), is exposing his character. Although he knew it was ill fated to make pets out of farm animals, and getting “emotionally attached to an animal destined for the dinner table” was asking for a broken heart, he still did it anyway (p. 29).

Slaughter of the Innocence

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These actions show (1) compassion, (2) foreshadows how he himself was not ready (like the chick), and (3) give a nice point of reference for why he makes some future decisions. That is all fine and dandy, but what I can’t reconcile myself with is page 34. It looks as if he is killing his chicken, slaughtering the innocence–symbolically. Don’t know what to make of that.


In One Sentence:

Lewis has inadvertently been preparing for the social gospel since he was a young boy,–brutality since boyhood–and this portion of March shows that.

– Based on “March” by John Lewis et. al. (pgs. 1-35)

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