Swell, bosom, with thy fraught, for ‘tis of aspics’ tongues!” (3.3.445-453) This shows Othello’s emotions transition from heartbroken to furious once he heard that the handkerchief was in Cassio’s possession. Othello immediately jumped to the conclusion that Desdemona was cheating on him without confronting her about it. While the truth was that Desdemona was being faithful to Othello and loved him implicitly. When Othello started calling her a “Strumpet” and later hit her in front of Emilia and her cousin Lodovico she started to fear Othello but still loved him. This created a much stronger sense of dread within the crowd who is bearing witness to the play.
In the opening sentence, “I was made to drink the bitterest dregs of slavery,” we see a metaphor being implemented to indicate how Douglass was having the most mental despair that he has had in his life (37). He was having to withstand the most complex experiences a slave could possibly endure. Douglass then goes on expounding on his hardships faced with this crude man, Mr. Covey. Two examples of repetition is then used when Douglass depicts his work as “never too hot or too cold; it could never rain, blow, hail, or snow too hard for us to work in the field.
Douglass, with realization of his wretched state, does become miserable, and it is true that a slave who acknowledges the unfairness of slavery is undesirable to masters. In fact, this statement conveys a sense of fear regarding the slave’s literacy; this man seems to know that a literate slave would cause the rebellion against the whites. Douglass’s literacy would enable him to have “an increasing awareness of and control over the social means by which people sustain discourse, knowledge, and reality” (Royer) and inspire him to work against such society. Indeed, Douglass has escaped slavery through his personal realization. His Narrative uses the literacy acquired during his slavery to recollect the brutal treatment that he has received, and even takes a step further to inspire others, even the whites, to acknowledge the injustice of slavery, so that they may work towards abolition together.
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
Beloved Beloved represents the awful history behind slavery, and exposes the damaging effects it had on the individuals that witnessed it. The novel, set in the Post-Civil War in Ohio is that of a sad victory story. “124” the powerful place in which the ex-slaves express extreme emotions of what happened in the past. Kristin Boudreau states that “when Toni Morrison’s Beloved opens with a house “full of baby’s venom, it announces the prominent pain in the lives of these ex-slaves” (Boudreau, 447). African Americans had to regroup and put their slavery demons at bay, experiencing their own personal traumas.
Douglass empathizes with other slaves, and their morbid conditions and lack of affection has made the community family, because of this Douglass is determined to devote his life to promote the abolitionist movement. When expressing gratitude towards being translated to the plantations in Baltimore, Douglas projects he is very true to himself when he recites, “I prefer to be true to myself, even at incurring the ridicule of others than to be false and incur my own abhorrence.” Pg.45 This justifies Douglas’ determination and desire to remove slavery which consumed him. It became an obsession, something he was going to put everything in his power to achieve. Through the use of diction and language he is expressing that he will never forgive himself if he doesn 't achieve his goal of promoting the abolitionist movement and setting all slaves free.By doing so Douglas emphasizes that freedom was a sacred thing for slaves. When speaking about his daily routine at Mr. Coveys, Douglass accepts, “At times I would rise up, a flash of energetic freedom would dart through my soul, accompanied with a faint beam of hope, that flickered for a moment, and then vanished.” Pg.73 Douglas uses language to emphasize what he felt towards freedom and how he felt about his life condition, which he questions on a daily basis with anger and remorse.
Born around 1745, Equiano lived a relatively noble childhood in his village of Essaka until local raiders captured him and sold him, beginning his lifelong struggle against slavery. (Edwards 44) As his expeditions and experiences with his masters began to amass, his anti-slavery rhetoric developed as well. By the 1780’s, Equiano “had become deeply involved in the politics of the black people, championing their cause” by forging relationships with white abolitionists such as Granville Sharp and by advocating for the publicizing of atrocities inflicted on slaves (Mtubani 90). Equiano, because of his unfortunate upheaval into the throes of slavery as a child, quickly became much more than a historical individual; he became a pivotal champion for the rights of his people as freemen and as
The Use of Satire in Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain Mark Twain establishes a plot that intrigues readers as well as teaches them through messages that are necessary to advance their learning. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain tells the story of an adolescent and developing boy who travels with a runaway slave down the Mississippi in hopes of finding freedom. The author uses satire in addition to the flaws of society to adequately narrate this adventure. Twain’s satire of human religious hypocrisy and racism is evident through the satirical techniques of irony and parody. Throughout the novel, Mark Twain satirizes the societal flaw of religious hypocrisy through irony by showing that characters in the story own slaves and claim to be religious at the same time.
In Frederick Douglass’s The Meaning of Fourth of July for the Negro, he exposes the hypocrisy and iniquity that is infused into considerably one of the most prolific American moments in history known as The Fourth of July. Douglass, who was a former slave that eventually reached freedom, was invited to speak about what Fourth of July meant for the black population within America. Although Douglass provided much gratitude to the Founding Fathers for their courage and ability to oppose oppressive systems, he criticizes the American country for its involvement within slavery. Slavery served as the foundation that constructed America, allowing for it fuel the economy and develop into a cultural and political norm within society. I agree with much
I looked upon them as superior beings who would be the arbiters of my future destiny. I formed in my imagination a thousand pictures of presenting myself to them, and their reception of me. I imagined that they would be disgusted, until, by my gentle demeanour and conciliating words, I should first win their favour and afterwards their love” (chapter 12). The monster’s desire for familial affection and love makes him a sympathetic character and deeply human. Yet it also drives him to commit his immoral acts.