An account of this is when a slaveholder by the name of Mr. Gore whipped his slave, Demby, to the point where he could not bear it. Demby then stood in a creek to escape the scourging and refused to get out. In return, Mr.Gore shot him in the face with his musket (Douglass 39). Mr. Gore’s defense to his unspeakable act was that “Demby became unmanageable and that if one slave could escape with his life, then other slaves would try to do it as well” (Douglass 39). This is a perfect example of the mindset these cruel slaveholders embodied.
In addition, punishment for killing a slave was often times not enforced, due to the supposed lack of severity of the act. As for people’s sense of morality, he recounts how he has watched good people be turned into demons by the effects of slave ownership. An example of this is Sophia Auld, his owner’s wife, who transformed from a kind woman who was teaching him how to read to a cruel and cold monster. A similar case is the one of Thomas Auld, who once he becomes more religious feels justified in his cruelty towards his slaves, interpreting the teachings of Christianity to put his mind at ease. While telling his story, he concludes that ignorance is slaveholders’ means of making slaves remain slaves.
The fear instilled in them was procured by savage beatings that permeated the very soul of the slave and this was something that was commonplace on the plantation. With the cruel beating of Aunt Hester, he became very conscious of the dehumanizing actions that characterized the evils of slaveholders. He would also experience some of the same savage beatings like those by Covey, "I was broken in body, soul, and spirit. My natural elasticity was crushed,
They had to attend poorly equipped schools. It is from this persecution that Mr. Dunbar writes his poem “We Wear the Mask.” It was dangerous for Mr. Dunbar and other blacks to show their dissatisfaction and pain from their abuses. Hence they wore a mask of joy. “This debt we pay to human guile; / with torn and bleeding hearts we smile, / and mouth with myriad subtleties” (3-5). The debt is putting on the mask of happiness in front of their repressors.
Nunu son was with the system because he was the head of all the slaves and was the one who had to punish the slaves if they got in trouble. Towards the end of the movie they plan a way to get out and Nunu’s son was not involved because he was a head slave and followed God. When they first started to pan out the attack and plan to get out shola did not want to help out but soon she did because she was getting abused by her master and at night she was raped. Shola’s love shango knew that Nunu’s son was going to be a problem and would get in there way so he made up a poison that would make him sick and hallucinate. In the end that turned out to be a problem when they were exacuting there attack, before they could attack and leave he started to attack his mother and killed her at the river.
In Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs showcases some of antebellum slavery’s dangers that were common to both white and black women. They could become filled with hatred to the point where they become emotionally deprived, though for different reasons: rape for blacks, infidelity for whites. This is best seen in chapter six when she describes the advancements of her master, and the jealous rages of her mistress. Community disapproval of interracial relationships, forced or consensual, might also happen. In chapter 5, Linda states that she “felt shamefaced about telling [her grandmother] such things…” (Page 27) and that she had seen a shamed master, whose daughter had selected one of his slaves to be the father of his grandchild.
In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain uses irony to portrays the flaws of “sivilization.” By spelling “sivilization” with an “s,” Twain shows how a society tries to be civilized, but isn’t and how civilization is wrong in the 19th century. He shows readers of how a “sivilized” person is a slave physically, mentally, or morally. The first form of slavery in a “sivilization” is physical slavery. Jim, a slave to Miss. Watson, tells Huck his plan of escaping slavery because he overheard Miss.
These words are negative words, and it makes the reader feel very emotional about the fact of being on a plantation. Most of the section is about Logos, because most of it talks about certain points about the plantation that makes it bad, like the clothes and living quarters that slaves had. Douglas slowly progresses the harshness of the passage, and this plays a great effect in the reader’s emotions. While the reader is thinking that nothing bad could ever happen, he names even worse things, and the cycle keeps going. Not only does he express his encounters, but he vividly describes them in a way that the
Plummer was a miserable drunkard, a profane swearer, and a savage monster. He always went armed with a cowskin and a heavy cudgel. I have known him to cut and slash the women’s heads so horribly, that even master would be enraged at his cruelty, and would threaten to whip him if he did not mind himself” (Douglass, 12-13). The slaves living conditions were extremely poor. “I shall never forget the ecstasy with which I received the intelligence that my old master (Anthony) had determined to let me go to Baltimore, to live with Mr. Hugh Auld, brother to my old master’s son-in-law, Captain Thomas Auld”(Douglass, 30-31).
The corrupt and inappropriate power that slave owners have over their slaves is unhealthy in every way. Douglas states that “slavery is unnatural for all involved.” Some slave owners even enjoyed whipping, rapping, beating and mistreating their slave women. “I have seen him tie up a lame young woman, and whip her with a heavy cowskin upon her naked shoulders, causing the warm red blood to drip….” (Douglass 33). Like Douglas, many slaves had to watch their loved ones and friends get mistreated countless times. In todays society slave holding is illegal and unconstitutional, as it has been outlawed for many years, but also whipping, rapping and beating a human being is not Christian in any way.