Morrison expresses the atrocities of slavery in a language that I personally have never experienced before. Instead of the typical overused adjectives and factual descriptions she employs beautiful metaphor and a disturbing plot line to make her point. She is raw and shocking. This technique sheds a light on slavery and the purposeful dehumanization of the slave that is almost never depicted in the history books. It is important when talking about the effect of slavery to consider what it takes for the slave owner to be able to treat another human being in such a bestial way.
It also shows that they were sentenced to at birth because of the color of their skin. It even examines the stability, and instability of the human mind, for people from all different ethnicities such as white and black. There is also pain that this novel expresses that proves to be unbearable to such crimes are not socially accepted in today's society, but are they? The Heart of Darkness was written during the time of British imperialism and extreme exploitation of Africans in the Congo. It also shows Conrad's feelings toward the treatment of Africans which aren’t easily understood.
William Lyons Professor Theus English 223 18 October 2013 The Passing of Grandison: A Trickster Narrative Conceptually, Charles Chesnutt’s The Passing of Grandison uses an incendiary technique to show the atrocities and horrors of slavery during that time, while also highlighting the intelligent nature of black people, which was unheard of in writing during Chesnutt’s illustrious career. The literary motif of masking plays a tremendous role throughout the text, and it comes to fruition with long yet hard fought victory in the end. Characters within the text faced problems of dehumanization, indignity, psychology domination and manipulation, while inversely emphasizing that in the end slaves weren’t just dumb cattle that couldn’t think for themselves. The Passing also introduces the trickster character, which Chesnutt implemented into most of his bodies of work from the time of 1899-1905, wherein he was arguably the most influential African American writer in the United States. This story can be classified as a trickster narrative simply because the main character entices and makes other characters believe that his words are true simply for the better meant of himself, and his family.
Not only was this a double standard, since he was an indentured worker, but it also was the beginning of racial discrimination. Another thing that caught my attention was the fact that freed slaves ended up in poverty, often having to resort back into slavery. The story of Francis was hard to watch and hear. She was the daughter of a freed indentured
Impacts of Enslavement Explained by Frederick Douglass A slave by the name of Frederick Douglass describes his account of enslavement from his early childhood to his traitorous escape. The reprobate and irresponsible power that slaveholders command over their slaves has a pernicious effect on the master’s intellect. Although both parties suffer psychological trauma, the slaves alone endure extreme physical brutality. Some masters indirectly allow their slaves too many opportunities to idealize freedom, therefore, spoiling them. Frederick Douglass exemplifies the will to be independent through rebellious and spontaneous behavior that drives his quest for literacy.
Chapter Six provides strong examples of part of a slave narrative. Douglass’s incorporation of other slave stories within his own leads to a strong assumption that his work may be a slave narrative. While discussing the conditions of slaves in relation to how much food they receive, Douglass says, “Directly opposite to us, on Philpot street, lived Mr. Thomas Hamilton” (Douglass 49). His inclusion of the smaller story within his own demonstrates a blatant slave narrative characteristic. The smaller story mentioned in the previous paragraph shows violence.
Frederick Douglass’ autobiography, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, is Douglass’ intricate retelling of the cruel and tragic abuse he witness during his time as a slave. Throughout the narrative, Douglass writes about some of the moments in his life that changed his beliefs, views and ambitions forever. Some of these moments include the moment his mistress taught him his ABC’s, the moment his master forbade his mistress from educating Douglass, and the moment he realized the reality of slavery. In Chapter VI of Narrative, Mrs. Sophia Auld, wife to one of Douglass’ masters, Mr. Hugh Auld, is, according to Douglass, “a woman of the kindest heart and finest feelings”. In the chapter, Mrs. Auld teaches Douglass his ABC’s and how to write a few letters.
Even under kind masters, slaves suffer, however, most of them try to find a relief in God. Christian theology is fundamentally incompatible with slavery, but it makes slaveholders more sensitive and provides a safe haven for slaves. In contradiction to circumstances presented above, the Legree plantation is the place, where the evil of slavery appears in its most naked and hideous form. Slaves suffer beatings, sexual abuse, and even murder in this harsh and barbaric setting. If slavery is wrong in the best of cases, in the worst of cases it is a nightmare and very inhuman.
Essay: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, was an autobiographical account of her life as an enslaved woman written to show the United States what life was truly like as an enslaved person in the South. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl detailed the horrors of all slaves in the South and their fates at the hands of their masters. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl also demonstrates the hardships female slaves faced on a day to day basis. Jacobs demonstrates the many burdens of female slaves in her writings. Among the hardships female slaves faced are the constant possibility of rape, psychological harassment in the form of masters threatening to sell the women’s children, and jealous mistresses severely punishing female slaves.
The life of a slave is never an easy one, but the life of Frederick Douglass is an inspiration. We all know who he is, heard about him in history class, but his narrative is an eye opener to the horrors of slavery. Reading the book I could almost imagine myself in his shoes. I could see the plantations he worked on, and his various masters. I could hear the harsh words of Mr. Gore or the kind ones from Mrs. Auld.