In the play, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, there were two sides of slavery, while there was a happy scene with laughter and prayer in Uncle Tom’s cabin, Mr. Shelby was making a deal to sell two of his slaves which would in turn split families apart. This shows how easy a slave can go from having a “good” master and life into an abusive life with a “bad” master. Stowe considers situations to defend slavery and find an excuse for it. For an example, Mr. Shelby respected his slaves and saw the good in them, then goes and signs them off to be sold, which can be seen by the audience of betraying them in
Herman Melville’s story Benito Cereno creates controversial arguments and moral questions. First published in 1855, the story tells of an American captain, Amasa Delano, attempting to assist an apparently broken-down ship called the San Dominick. Initially, the ship’s leader, the namesake of the story, appears as this weak leader that cannot control the conflict among the slaves and sailors. As Delano further discovers the ship and doubts Cereno’s motives, the readers are almost brought to believe that Cereno tricked Delano into a piracy stunt. However, the story takes quite a twist when Delano attempts to return to his own ship and Cereno launches himself overboard while his “loyal slave” Babo foes after him.
When examing the story about Hendrik Albertus and Mey, the relationship between master and slaves is evidently unique. In the beginning of the story, one can find an expected relationship where the slave does something that the master does not like causing the master to therefore punish the slave. This was seen in the story when Mey and some other slaves “dawdled and resturned to their jobs a half-hour late.” Hendrik is upset by the disrespect from his slaves and has his son punish them to the extreme. Because the slaves disobeyed his master, this form of punihsment was not unconventional. Five days later, Mey was whipped again.
While Equiano's narrative shows the terrible conditions that he and his fellow Africans had to endure on the ship, Columbus’s journal has a very different cover. As opposed to Equiano's picture, Columbus’s journal shows he and his crew landing on an island in the Caribbean claiming land for spain triumphantly. This obviously shows two very different objectives in the stories. Emotion can be effected with the words we use as well, in Equiano's narrative there is an
This change of name was very usual in slavery, used to erase a slave’s past and identity, generally when slaves were free in the past and kidnapped to be slaves afterwards (Fitzpatrick, 2012), as it is the case of Solomon, deleting any connection with his previous life as a free black man, and dehumanizing him in every way. Besides, at the purchase of slaves by traders, the black people are even more treated as
I think equiano was successful and made it very clear that slavery is injustice. One example from the text was "refusing to eat, one of them held me fast by the hands and laid me across i think the windlass and tied my feet while the other flogged me severely." Clearly the white men were unfair with him for not accepting to eat what they had offered him. Some of the slaves had even considered dying rather than staying alive with them. The slaves would try to drown themselves onto the sea ,some were successful and passed away but those who got caught would get brought back to the ship and get punished and flogged severely.
Legree. At the very beginning of the meeting between Mr. Legree and Uncle Tom in the slave trading market, the author wrote that: “Legree assisted him with no gentle hand, from his neck, and putting it in his pocket (Stowe p312).” Without describing his appearance, a horrible and cruel character had been shown to the readers. Once a character like Mr. Legree appeared, as a strong contrast to the other two masters, we can reasonably infer that the tragic ending would finally fall upon Uncle Tom. Even when Tom was badly injured by Mr. Legree, Mr. Legree still insisted that Tom could work (Stowe
Harming not only slaves but free blacks as well in the novel, when Dana is transported back to the moment right after Rufus rapes Alice: Dana attempts to express how she felt about Alice’s right to refuse Rufus sexual advances and he replied, sarcastically saying “‘She must have thought she was a free woman or something”. In the novel, shows the oppression of black women. Dana asks Rufus: “‘...your father whips black people?’” and he replies “‘when they need it’” (Butler 26). Rufus does not see any wrong in his father’s violence toward black people, instead he accepts this as normal gesture because he has accepted the racist idea that blacks are inferior to whites and that it is acceptable for whites to abuse them, even saying that they sometimes “need” to be whipped.
Twain uses emotions and pathos in order to emphasize the morals within the novel. Such as creating a sympathetic sentiment towards the slave family while simultaneously creating disdain towards slavery. Another example is Jim, a captivating character, being sold into slavery for little money to once again create a negative connotation towards slavery. Twain also creates a pro-equality message by having Huck, an endearing character, recognize that he and Jim are equals, and using Pap as satire to portray racists as contemptible people. However, critics argue that actions such as the king being paid for his lies encourage deceiving others, despite the fact that in the long run they end up tarred and feathered and actively punished for their fabrications.
He learns that the master isn’t just going to let you off the hook, you have to stick up for yourself. The slave claims he was taken from his homeland and friends only to work all day in the hot sun, a valid point that the master considers. The slave pretty much calls the master a robber and compares him to one. Douglass may learn where he came from, well “my own country” isn’t exactly where he came from, but it’s better to know that than nothing at all. Slave owners in the South may teach this to their children so that their slaves do not try to escape and make arguments like this.