It conveys in a superb way the horrid things that even a touch of deep rooted racism can do. It can wreck a life, but most often wrecks a series of lives. Every single character was effected in a negative way because of how Armand dealt with the realization that he may have married a women of a different ethnicity. The slaves, who had been treated much kinder when Armand was loving Desiree were treated horribly again, the Valmondes lost their baby and grandchild, and Armand suffered the biggest loss of all. He lost his innocence.
Around the turn of the 20th century, the Lost Generation was born. They came of age during World War I and as a whole became disillusioned and lost their naivety due to the senseless slaughter they saw in the war. In Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Morrison explores the harmful effects of slavery on not only the escaped slaves, but on there children, who are often overlooked. Denver is the protagonist of the story, she is the daughter of Sethe, an escaped slave who is terrified of her past demons returning. Because of her fears, Sethe shelters Denver to an extreme degree.
Frederick Douglass’ Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself and Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl discusses how slavery dehumanizes and breaks down an individual to no worth. Douglass’ and Jacobs’ accounts are similar because they lecture against slavery with the work and obstacles they went through. Jacobs says, “For years, my master had done his utmost to pollute my mind with foul images, and to destroy the pure principles inculcated by my grandmother, and the good mistress of my childhood. The influences of slavery had the same effect on me that they had on other young girls; they had made me prematurely knowing, concerning the evil ways of the world.” (827) Jacobs explains that slavery has attempted to take a toll on her life with its physical, emotional, and mental abuse. Women in slavery were mistreated sexually as well, and in this case, Jacobs faced sexual oppression at a young age.
In a way, Beloved starts feeding on Sethe, on her guilt, eventually draining out everything from her. Beloved is not just a repressed memory. She is a representation for the entire community. Not only Sethe’s remorse are symbolized by her actions, but the collective suffering of slaves during that time. Morrison basically targets, attempts of rape and sexual assault on slaves as the most terrifying form of abuse.
After she recovered she moved to the Lake District where she built her own house and had a close relationship with her maids. She was a motherly figure to them. This is where Martineau discovered how she could be feminine and masculine at the same time. In her book Society in America she states that “the choice is to be either ill-educated, passive, and subservient, or well-educated, vigorous, and free only upon sufferance” (Martineau, 1837). At the Lake District house she discovers the balance between these two.
Likewise, the protagonist of the novel Sethe kills her child and this murder does not become distant, each time it comes closer. In “Beloved” one can comprehend how difficult it is to be a slave woman at the hands of a slave-holder. This cannot be denied that the reasons behind Sethe’s murder of her own baby girl emerge due to the brutal sides of slavery. The violent act of Sethe has “…relation to slavery” (Kubitschek, 115). When “a cruel man called school-teacher becomes the master, the slaves attempt a group escapes” (Kubitschek, 116).
She goes through with the act of killing Jason's new bride - Medea's children bring her a poisoned gown, which also ends up killing the King of Corinth. - And then faces the tough act of murdering her own children who she loves dearly. She does the awful deed and refuses to allow Jason access to their bodies to bury them or the ability to say goodbye to them, “For I'll send the children to her with
With her servant, Judith headed back to her town to show them what she did. The Hebrews attacked the camp the following morning and the Assyrians fled after Holofernes was found dead. She is heroic in risking her life for a plan that could have gone horribly wrong at any moment trying to save her people. The Assyrian army could have easily decided to kill her when she came to their camp or discovered her crime before she made her escape. She also could have been put in chains or raped, etc.
The presence of a persona as a parent is clearly seen from the get-go, voicing her thoughts to her son. He is given identity as being ‘black skinned' which alludes to the portrayal of an indigenous Australian. Some may also interpret the ‘son' as being symbolism of all the future generations to come. Powerful descriptions and imagery are used throughout this poem to show the social and cultural destruction experienced by the indigenous Australians. ‘Heartbreak, hatred blind’, ‘crimes that shame mankind’, ‘brutal wrongs and deeds malign’, ‘rape and murder’ are terms that show the loss of ancestral lands, massacre of a tribe, annihilation of individuals and the removal of children from their families and makes you sympathise with the way they were treated.
In describing the living conditions of the slave ship, Equiano states, “The shrieks of the women, and the groans of the dying, rendered the whole a scene of horror almost inconceivable” (Equiano 1279). Mary Rowlandson’s encounter began with death and destruction in her village,