Author’s purpose: to share African American history
Author’s Point of View: 3rd person omniscient as we see the story from more than one character’s point of view
Cause and Effect: Because Henry’s family was sold, the effect was that Henry went to the extreme of mailing himself to escape the sorrow of slavery.
Characterize Henry: hard working, good listener, loving, strong
Mental Images: Henry imagined the carts carrying away his family and all that he loved every night.
Drawing Conclusions: Henry knew that the mail was delivered everywhere. He thought he could stand being in a box for many hours. He drew the conclusion that he could mail himself north to escape slavery.
After Henry’s family is sold, he purposefully pours sulphuric acid on his hand so that he could stay home from work in order to get some help in mailing himself to the northern states to escape slavery in the southern United States.