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I, Juan de Pareja







Name: Nassim Canaan
Class: 7-B
Teacher: Mrs.Jamila Hussain
Due Date: Monday
Subject: Literature
Author: Elizabeth Borton de TreviñoBrief summary of the story:


I, Juan de Pareja is the story of a slave of African ancestry in Spain during the first half of the seventeenth century. Juan de Pareja is born to a slave, a blackseamstress. At the age of five, he becomes a pageboy to a wealthy Madrid woman when his mother dies. His mistress is kind and teaches him to read and write. After his owner's death from plague, thekindly monk Brother Isidro cares for Juan. Bequeathed to the famous painter Diego Velazquez, Juan is taken to Madrid by a cruel gypsy named Carmelo, who beats the boy and starves him. In Madrid, Juanbecomes a valued part of the Velazquez household. He begins to paint secretly, knowing that it is illegal for slaves to practice any of the arts. Juan's painting leads to his estrangement from the RomanCatholic Church. 

I, Juan de Pareja is the story of a slave of African ancestry in Spain during the first half of the seventeenth century. Juan de Pareja is born to a slave, a black seamstress. Atthe age of five, he becomes a pageboy to a wealthy Madrid woman when his mother dies. His mistress is kind and teaches him to read and write. After his owner's death from plague, the kindly monk BrotherIsidro cares for Juan. Bequeathed to the famous painter Diego Velazquez, Juan is taken to Madrid by a cruel gypsy named Carmelo, who beats the boy and starves him. In Madrid, Juan becomes a valuedpart of the Velazquez household. He begins to paint secretly, knowing that it is illegal for slaves to practice any of the arts. Juan's painting leads to his estrangement from the Roman CatholicChurch. 


Imagine yourself being a slave in that time period that would you feel if you were not allowed to paint or do some other hobby?

Well I will feel very sorrowful because I will not support...
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