(Document 3) This must have been terrifying to think that you had to step foot in foot with those around you or you would be killed without hesitation. Both of these examples result in visible marks or deathly punishments. In conclusion Africans dealt with many different forms of pain when they were acting on impulse. They suffered socially with humiliation as they were viewed as animals and objects. They suffered emotionally with pained thoughts about loved ones and worried images of their lives.
Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and the film Apocalypse Now uses light and dark as metaphors for mental awareness and for representations of death, evil and emptiness. Edward Said’s book Culture and Imperialism, Chapter one “Overlapping Territories, Intertwined Histories” section 3 “Two Visions in Heart of Darkness” supports the idea of light and dark being used as metaphors. The title, Heart of Darkness, is a reference to the image of the deepest, darkest parts of Africa in terms of the literal darkness in the jungles and to the belief that Africa lacks culture and worth. It also references the metaphorical “darkness” that is found inside of man and in the European colonialists that enslaved millions while benefiting from their resources. The darkness that is always present in the film emphasizes the absence of civilization in Congo.
For example, Douglass states, “Just as I did that, one of their number gave me, with his heavy boot, a powerful kick in the left eye. My eyeball seemed to have burst. When they saw my eye closed, and badly swollen, they left me” (Douglass 85). Here, you can clearly see and get an image of how bad they treated him and got abused. This was very unfair and cruel for the carpenters to do.
Triangular Trade was a route between America to European Countries. America sent sugar, tobacco, and cotton to Europe. Europe sent clothes and manufactured goods between west africa, as it goes America takes The Africans and make them slaves in their country. Slavery made a huge thing back then it was humiliated and scary. For Africans who were forced to leave their countries and be used in all different ways it was horrifying for them.
Furthermore. slavery in the U.S was also a huge thing in human history, treating black people inhumanely, with no respect and with cruelty. During the 1800 's, black people were treated like tools, with no freedom nor voice. In that time, slaves were sold, they would work for long hours, given little food and water, and if they wouldn 't work, they had to be killed or punished. These inhumane acts from that time, left a huge mark on U.S history due to such cruelty to the black people.
The Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass presents an insight into the power differences between a slave and his master. In this account , Douglass proves that slavery destroys not only the slave but also the owner. The “poison of irresponsible power” that masters hold has a damaging effect on their morals and beliefs (Douglas 39). This immense control in the hands of a person will break their kind heart and finest feelings turning them into those of a demon. Douglass uses flashbacks , deep characterization, and appeals to the emotions to address the negative effects of slavery.
Huck himself is dirty and frequently homeless. This creates a sense of pity from the readers about the character. The story tried to focus on the moral compass and how broken it was back then by exposing the hypocrisy of slavery, demonstrates how racism distorts the oppressors as much as it does those
Achebe labels Conrad as “a thoroughgoing racist” (Achebe, 1977) because of his insulting descriptions of native Africans. Perhaps Achebe focused too much on Conrad’s description of native Africans that he failed to see the bigger picture – Conrad’s message about imperialism. Through Marlow, the readers get to vicariously experience witnessing the harsh conditions of the native Africans under the control of Europeans. Marlow saw “black shapes crouched, lay, sat between the trees leaning against the trunks, clinging to the earth” (Conrad & Walker, 1981, p. 25) as the Europeans in that area fire on a camp of natives. This appalled Marlow; he does not approve of European presence in Africa.
The darkness is said to be full of savages and cannibals it is further emphasized as being the uncivilized part of the world where people eat people and the savages wait in the trees and in the darkness. Africa in this novella is portrayed as “the Heart of Darkness” the place where the men’s inner evil is exposed, this is done through their thoughts and actions. The contrast between the Thames River and the Congo River is also made evident in the novella. The Thames River is described as calm and peaceful. It is viewed as a city of light that is not mysterious.
Then, what themes does the whole book talk about? Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness considers both the themes of the social injustice produced by imperialism and effects of living conditions on a man in a religious way, in which James 1:13-15 in the Bible supports. In the 1890s, Belgian imperialism has caused a serious social injustice problem in the Congo Free State. During the time period, the Congo has been merely a private possession of King Leopold II of Belgium. There has been an extreme contrast between the state of Congo natives and that of European colonists; colonizers have enjoyed wealth from the labor of natives, whom they have forced to work for the sovereign Leopold and left when suffering from malnutrition and health problems.
Wall3 Some of the reasons slavery is absolutely hated are as follows, it was harsh, unjust, and inhumane. This was probably the worst, or one of the worst possible things to go through. Yet there were thousands upon thousands who had to go through this unfair state of living. One of the reasons slavery was hated is because it was very harsh. If you were a slave back then usually you would be beaten every week.
As I read Fredrick’s story I was reminded of the cruelty, and injustice of the slavery era. The more I discover about what African Americans went through, the more I become disappointed not only in my country, but in humanity as whole. America, “The Land of the Free”, is all we know in my generation. We cannot truly fathom what it is like or feels like to have our freedom stripped away from us, and treated as animals. Reading a brief part of Fredrick Douglass life put into perspective for me what these people felt during this horrific time period in our history.
Overall, the black slaves were treated poorly and bundled aboard the slave ships. A slave said, “In such a place the sense of misery and suffocation is so great, that the blacks are driven to frenzy.” Even though whites and blacks were slaves, they were treated unequally and unfairly. Eventually, racism developed in society and white people was considered superior over the blacks. The blacks and whites were separated due to their skin color. The black slaves endeavored to escape from their owners to search for their family.
Let us begin with George, Celia’s understandably treacherous slave lover, and his unreasonable demands that set Celia’s case into motion. George’s actions are an example of the common frustration and desperation of slave men who had no control over the sexual abuse of their loved ones by white masters (McLaurin 139-140). His was a reaction to a smoldering attack upon his masculinity, an attack that was a direct result of the dehumanization upon which slavery rested. Because the South was a slave society, this master-slave relationship structure echoed throughout every other aspect of southern life (Faragher, 204 & 215). In Celia’s case, we see this truth through Virginia and Mary Newsom’s position of powerlessness.
The times of slavery had only brought sadness and despair for all African-Americans in the United States during the times of the Civil War. People were treated as property, denied a proper education, and overall treated as expendable and inconsequential pieces of trash. The one thing that was done so that we could understand the pain that these slaves had gone through was the slaves explaining their experiences through writing to be studied throughout history. However, there are very distinct differences between the writings in how they are made and written. Two examples of slave narratives that I had found strikingly similar was an interview with a Mr. James Monroe Abbot who was a documented slave born in 1854 and an excerpt from the narrative of Solomon Northup called “12 Years A Slave”.