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Hope Leslie: Introduction
Hope Leslie: Plot Summary
Hope Leslie: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Hope Leslie: Themes
Hope Leslie: Quotes
Hope Leslie: Characters
Hope Leslie: Symbols
Hope Leslie: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Catharine Sedgwick
Historical Context of Hope Leslie
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- Full Title: Hope Leslie or, Early Times in the Massachusetts
- When Written: 1820s
- Where Written: United States
- When Published: 1827
- Literary Period: American Romanticism
- Genre: Historical Novel
- Setting: Boston and Springfield, Massachusetts, in the 1630s and 1640s
- Climax: Magawisca escapes from jail.
- Antagonist: Sir Philip Gardiner
- Point of View: Third-Person Omniscient
Extra Credit for Hope Leslie
Influence for Activism. Testifying to the popularity and influence of Sedgwick’s novel in its day, activist poet Sarah Louisa Forten signed her name “Magawisca” when writing in the abolitionist newspaper The Liberator in 1831, citing that character’s faith in the “Great Spirit” who makes all people free and equal.
Ancestral Inspiration. Sedgwick may have been inspired to write Hope Leslie by the story of her ancestor, Eunice Williams, who had been captured by Mohawks about a century earlier and then chose to marry into that culture and convert to Roman Catholicism—similar to the story of Hope’s sister, Faith, in the novel.