In “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass”, Douglass narrates in detail the oppressions he went through as a slave before winning his freedom. In the narrative, Douglass gives a picture about the humiliation, brutality, and pain that slaves go through. We can evidently see that Douglass does not want to describe only his life, but he uses his personal experiences and life story as a tool to rise against slavery. He uses his personal life story to argue against common myths that were used to justify the act of slavery. Douglass invalidated common justification for slavery like religion, economic argument and color with his life story through his experiences torture, separation, and illiteracy, and he urged for the end of slavery.
A specific scene that he used irony in was when Huck was helping Jim escape from slavery, yet Huck judged Jim for wanting to free the rest of his family which is ironic. Twain’s use of irony in this passage connects to the theme of slavery in the book and makes the reader recognize the
These conflicting emotions show that while Douglass is physically free, he is still a slave to fear, insecurity, loneliness, and the looming threat of being forced back into the arms of slavery. Douglass uses figurative language, diction, and repetition to emphasize the conflict between his emotions. Frederick Douglass’s story as told by himself in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is still relevant today. The book challenges readers to see slavery as a complex issue, an issue that impacts the oppressed and the oppressor, rather than a one-dimensional issue. Douglass goes beyond the physical impacts of slavery by choosing to recognize the tortured bodies of slaves along with their tortured souls, leading him to wonder what it takes for the soul to experience freedom.
In her novel, Stowe primarily focuses on how the treatment of slaves reflects the real attitude amongst citizens towards slavery. In Uncle Tom 's Cabin, Stowe uses the philosophies and setting of the slave owners, such as Simon Legree, the Shelby 's and Mr. Harris, along with that of northern sympathizers, including Miss Ophelia and the Birds, to assert her belief that humane treatment requires not only recognition of the dignity of another human being, but also action to preserve it. The thinking and way of life as depicted by Stowe amongst the slave owners in Uncle Tom 's Cabin is largely encompassed by obliviousness to the actual dignity of the slaves as human beings. Their philosophy on humanity is detrimentally flawed, thinking that only those of equal race and status are human, and
In the Narrative of Frederick Douglass, Douglass is tasked with not only making a case for abolitionism, but also making this case to an audience that contributes to and benefits from slavery. As such, he must provide an account that is equal parts believable and moving, all the while treading the line of not alienating his target audience of white women. However, through his depiction of slavery as a corrosive agent on the family structure and ideals, Douglass makes a sentimental appeal to white women. Douglass begins by calling attention to the grave impact slavery has on the family life of the slave, starting with Douglass himself. While Douglass’s Narrative is most immediately an autobiographical text, his status as a slave severely limits his account from adhering to its structure.
Although Huck was surrounded by slaveowners as he grew up, he decided to make his own decisions regarding the way he would treat Jim. The decision to treat Jim this way was an extreme act of moral courage. In conclusion, Mark Twain conveys the idea that morality is dictated by society. The novel displays this concept when Huck struggles with the decision of whether to turn Jim in. Both the Mississippi river and Jim symbolize freedom throughout the story.
Ngugi works are characterized by criticism against European unacceptable law and injustice. Petals of Blood revolve around ruthless capitalist and deals with issues like land, history, education and exploitation. Religion in both novels is used as a tool to enslave the mind and soul of natives. Ngugi in his works like The Trial of Dedan Kimathi, Petals of Blood, Detained and Matigari has focused on the plights of the oppressed because it is the fiction that could rouse the consciousness of the masses. Ngugi works for the change in society that kind of society which promotes unequal social order.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the world famous book about slavery, depicts the tragedy of the main character whose name is Tom. Generally speaking, the book creates an atmosphere to show the darkness of slavery and appeals people to fight against slavery together. Stowe, the author of the book, has strong political objectives that influence the style and formal aspects of the novel a lot. She creates good characters to spread her ideas perfectly instead of making simple ones. From my perspective, I consider the politics of the novel making up for the disadvantages of its literary shortcomings.
Determinations and preservation of the slaves across the country struck fear in the eyes of the Confederacy (Carnahan, 2007). Sometimes the government put its citizens in situations that are not always good. Some masters bought slaves not because they were willing but because it was a rule in the plantation sector since some treat them with more dignity than other owners. The Emancipation Proclamation added force to the union as it strengthens it both politically and militarily. The Proclamation has assumed a place among the famous documents of freedom as a milestone along the final abolishment of their liberty in the United States (Guelzo,
This article studies TabishKhair’s representation of Amir Ali in his novel The Thing about Thugs. Amir Ali or Ameer Ali was a noted Thug immortalized through Philip Meadows Taylor’s nineteenth century novel Confessions of a Thug. Thugs, or the practitioners of Thuggee, were described by the colonizing British as cruel murderers who deceived and befriended people before murdering them. Khair deconstructs this colonial view. His Amir Ali appears as an injured innocent who becomes a ‘Thug’ under the pressure of circumstances.