One of the Weylin’s Slaves begins to reflect on one instance of abuse, she states that the owners: “Sent me to the field, had me beaten, made me spend nearly eight months sleeping on the floor of his mother's room, sold people… He's done plenty, but the worst of it was to other people. “(6.2.40). The slaves are unbelievably selfless, she states that she was abused but she thinks the worst part is what has been done to “other people.” The fact that she believes that she deserves the brutality and feels that others don't reflects her selflessness. Then, there was a huge shift in this novel. A shift of power, which was very unexpected.
By comparing a slave to an animal, white Northerners who had little exposure to slavery could now see how the institution of slavery degraded slaves from the status of a human to that of a piece of expendable property. Later on, Douglass uses a parallel structure to describe the sadness and pain that he feels for his lonely grandmother who, after her master died, was not granted freedom, but instead was sent to live alone in a hut. He says, “ If my poor old grandmother now lives, she lives to suffer in utter loneliness; she lives to remember and mourn over the loss of children, the loss of grandchildren, and the loss of great-grandchildren (pg. 48).” The parallel structure that this quote is written in
Writers like Olaudah Equiano and Frederick Douglass were different from other slaves in the sense that they were educated and used it as a tool to talk about the horrors of slavery. These writers approached their predominantly white readership by narrating their experiences as slaves and how they were negatively impacted by it. For example, Frederick Douglass never knew his mother nor his presumably white father. And because children had to follow the condition of the mother, he was meant to be a slave for life. In his writing, he also described how initially his mistress was teaching him how to read and write, however she stopped after his master told her not to.
In Douglass’ life as a slave, he endured a lot of suffering from slaveholders, overseers, and slave mistresses. Slaveholders were the owners of the slaves. They were classified into two different categories, the poor and the wealthy. Wealthy slaveholders owned many slaves and would sell and trade them with other slave holders for profit. Poor slaveholders were looked down on and did things such as getting female slaves just to breed them.
Some slaves that try to escape even end up getting punished or killed. Fredrick Douglass does not actually tell us exactly how he escaped in detail to the North from slavery because he does not want to give any slave masters information. Which makes sense because, he would not like to be giving slave owners an upper hand on slaves that do try to escape. One of the most important factors to Fredrick Douglass gaining his freedom is when he moved to Baltimore. I believe that is where his quest for freedom began.
Although they lived together, they get sold when their owner don’t want them or slaves disobey. For example in Kindred, Nigel’s father was sold because sometime his father disobey to Tom Weylin. If slaves wanted to keep their family together, they had to worked hard or respect to their owner. The slave and prisoner punishment are harsh when they disobey. For slaves, punishment is different for women and men.
In the excerpt of the “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave,” Douglass discusses the horrors of being enslaved and a fugitive slave. Through Douglass’s use of figurative language, diction and repetition he emphasizes the cruelty he experiences thus allowing readers to under-stand his feelings of happiness, fear and isolation upon escaping slavery. Figurative language allocates emotions such as excitement, dread and seclusion. As a slave you have no rights, identity or home. Escaping slavery is the only hope of establishing a sense of self and humanity.
It did not make Douglass a weak person or dependent it was simply out of his comfort zone. Also, Douglass did talk about his life as a slave. Where he witnessed first hand of cruelty. Where he saw his aunt get whipped for crying, for being a women, and simply for being black. “He would whip her to make
Today, slavery takes many forms, but the slaves are treated poorly, yearn for awareness, and seek help. Naturally the slaves were treated like they were below everyone else. Malala was shot in the head because she wanted the gift of an education. (Fox 1)Additionally, freed slaves are asking for awareness. After being shot, Malala has many people who are supporting her, and her blog about her time in slavery.
In history both man and woman have their fare share in trying to create the American Dream, though they get lost in the way. Lost in the sense that they lost the initial idea of their own dream through a mental change. A horrible thing that this country’s dream had ever created was slavery. Over time, people did begin to be less strict then less violence finally abolished the idea of slavery. A great individual who was against the idea of slavery when he grew up with slaves from his own family and still