12 Years A Slave Narrative Analysis

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In their fight against the inhumanity of slavery, the most significant device the abolitionists used were Anti- slavery writings. Through the use of newspapers, pamphlets, poetry, and published sermons, they were able to spread their messages of freedom for all. Examples of famous abolitionist text include, David Walker's Appeal, Frederick Douglass' The North Star and The Liberator, by William Lloyd Garrison. Then you have the slave narratives, which were deemed as personal accounts of what it was like to live in slavery. These slave narratives gave the most powerful accounts that contradicted the flattery statements and claims given by slave owners in concern to slavery. These narratives gave accounts of the abuse done to slaves both physically, sexually and emotionally, the fear and brutality of floggings, the horrid conditions they were kept in, the fear of separation from their families. Twelve Years A Slave, written by Solomon Northup is a…show more content…
The most notable account of this separated was faced by a female slave that Northup encounters by the name of Eliza. Northup writes about the disregarding of the white slave traders towards the suffering of the mother and intense emotion of grief that Eliza displayed at the auction block when she realized that she was being separated from her children. As Northup noted,
All the time the trade was going on, Eliza was crying aloud, and wringing her hands. She besought the man not to buy her child, unless he also bought herself and her other small child. She promised, in that case, to be the most faithful slave that ever lived. The man answered that he could not afford it, and then Eliza burst into a paroxysm of grief, weeping plaintively. (Northup, pg. 81).
By displaying this scene, intense with grief, Northup’s narrative was trying to invoke sympathy on behalf of all slaves who were forced to be separated from their loved ones because of
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