Frances Ellen Watkins's Use Of Slavery In The Civil War

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Since the 20th century , the slavery has been broadly understood as forced labor. Slavery an based on a relationship of submission where one person sees another person and can exact from that person labor. African American got very hard time because they were seen as less than other people through their skin color and culture or low material. As they did not took their civil rights like other civil. From the 1600s, African Americans were treated as slaves for white people. They had a very difficult life in their way of living. In 1861 the north were against having slaves, but the south wanted to allow slavery. Then the Civil War between the North and South began. Finally, the North won, and the slaves became free. Frances Ellen Watkins…show more content…
Her poem is easy and hard o undertstand,. She didnt used archaic or elevated dition of language but still its not easy to get the point of her poem. We can give the exmple the words from the poem" coffle gang" in the secon line of third stanza and in fifth stanza the last word " bound afresh".These words are still unclear to understand. As she didnt use any archaic wording or elevated diction in her peom it is far from stright annd simple lanngiae too . Such lines as "coffle gang' and bound afresh are difficult phrase to understand in my opinion.It got my attention the fisrt line of the nineth stanza when she wrote the word "bloated" its very strang. : “I would sleep, dear friends, where bloated might.” I was curious why she used the word “bloated” in this sentence; until this point, I do not have an answer for my inquisitiveness, yet I think it is interesting. Another example that she did not write in literally is the word “arrest” from the second line of the last stanza. These are the two has effected on my reading most. A great point of confusion she wrote in her poem word “bloated”. She wrote “ I would sleep, dear friends, where bloated might.” Itsunique use of this word in this sense arouses interest but allows for no clear-cut explanation as to the use. The second greatest point of confusion is Harper’s use of the word “arrest” in the…show more content…
In this poem, Harper is taking on herself as the key speaker because she expresses her hatred against the institution of slavery and protests inequality among people. She not only wants to be buried in a land without slaves but also wants slavery to never return again. By reading the title, Bury me in a free land, most of us know she is telling us right away that slavery is a very bad thing. She wants to be buried in a land where there was no slavery. In the first stanza, Harper wants to tell us that slavery is wrong and that there is nothing worse than slavery. She says that she would rather be buried in the “humblest of earth’s graves” than be buried in a land where slavery reigned. She is speaking of equality for all and slavery gone and never returning. In the second, third and four stanzas, she repeats, “I could not” three times in a roll to make very strong and significant point of view that she is speaking against prejudice and discrimination. However, she also used the allusion to make us think about the tragedies happening to the slaves more than bringing up her point in these three
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