Django Unchained and 12 Years a Slave Comparison

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“Slavery is theft -- theft of a life, theft of work, theft of any property or produce, theft even of the children a slave might have borne.” This quote was from Kevin Bales. This quote relates to both films because the African Americans are considered slaves and everything is taken from them. The films 12 Years A Slave and Django Unchained are only able to capture a vivid picture of how cruel and disturbing slavery really was. Both films reflect on each other in some way due to slavery before the Civil War. Slave owners considered their slaves as property, and not as human beings. In the film, 12 Years A Slave, a scene occurred where it shows just how much they were treated as property. A female slave, Patsy, goes to the neighbor’s house for a bar of soap, but Master Epps doesn’t believe that’s what she actually did. When Patsy returns onto the plantation, she tells Epps, “I stink so much, I make myself gag!” With Epps still not believing a word she says, he forces her to strip naked and ties her to a tree. Then, he repeatedly whips Patsy until he physically cant do so anymore. After the flogging, Patsy’s back is all bloody and have open wound marks all over. The color of you skin shouldn’t dictate if you’re property or not. All humans should be treated like humans, regardless of your color. In Django Unchained, a similar breath taking scene came across known has Mandingo Fighting. Dr. Shultz and Django set out on a journey to find Django’s wife, Broomhilda. Broomhilda is being held at a different plantation ran by Calvin Candie. When both Dr, Shultz and Django arrive, a Mandingo Fight was in process and they watch as each man fighting in the mandingo fight, fights for nothing less than their lifes. As the slaves get more and more tired, they never give up because they know that if they fail to win, they die. Slaves are required to do this in order to survive

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