Female Slaves and Their Experiences For both African men and women, slavery was a devastating event. Many were taken away their families and were forced into labor. Both sexes were subjected to degradation; both physical and psychological, and were denied basic rights. Slaves were beaten and whipped, separated from their families and were viewed as property in the eyes of the law. However despite the similarities between the two sexes, there were many differences.
Slaves were pushed and chastised simply because of the color of their skin, something they had no control over. This book gave no limitations to the image of how slaves were treated. It showed in great detail how they were beaten and tortured by their masters and the white men around them. The details depicted in this story will teach you just how hard it was to have darker skin in the 1800’s. In Douglass’ life as a slave, he endured a lot of suffering from slaveholders, overseers, and slave mistresses.
Butler uses a serious tone while describing the physical abuse that enables the readers to “feel” the pain that was present in the text. Physical abuse is seen most often with the slaves, it was a form of punishment and a source of joy for their owners. During the story, when Dana was sent back in time, she was taken outside to be beaten: “I began to realize that I should have resisted, should have refused to let Fowler bring me out here where only other slaves could see what happened to me” (5.5.20). Dana was ashamed, she notes that she should “have resisted.” At this point, Dana is aware that this brutality is not tolerable and she did not want other to see her experience pain. She notes that she “began” to realize that she was making a mistake, which is when her tone switches from hesitation to pure
From document 1, Douglass said that “…the mere hearing of those songs would do more to impress some minds with the horrible character of slavery…” If even the song would tell how horrible the slaves’ lives are, we definitely can say that the slaves are in a miserable condition and they only can express their feelings with their songs. Document 2 is the perspective of a son who saw his father punished by the plantation overseer. “His cries grew fainter and fainter, till a feeble groan was the only response to the final blows.” “But from this hour he became utterly changed. Sullen, morose, and dogged, nothing could be done with him.” Through these descriptions, atrocity of plantation overseer and impact of harsh punishment on slaves are obvious. In document 3, the picture shows that in this bloody trade, slaves are just like materials and goods, they are not treated as people, they are more likely treated like machines and jetton.
One of the main issues that Kate Chopin made evident through the plot of “Desiree’s Baby,” was that Armand treated his slaves poorly because of their race. During the story, Chopin says, “And the very spirit of Satan seemed suddenly to take hold of him in his dealings with the slaves.” This evidence shows that not only did Armand show racism towards his child when he realized that he had mixed blood but also towards his slaves. Armand treated his slaves the same way that his dad treated them on his plantation. Another idea that makes racism evident during the first of the short story Armand spoke highly of his son and showed acts of love towards the baby and Desiree but he then slowly began to change the way that he treated his family due to the fact of him blaming Desiree for being black and giving him a mixed baby. When Desiree made it clear that she definitely did not have mixed blood, Armand basically disowns his family and makes them leave their
Through this, she conveys the pain and hopelessness that so many felt as they had no choice but to obey a white man’s demands and needs. They were all treated as objects rather than human beings. Gyasi further emphasizes this through the story of Ness. On a plantation in America, Ness experiences the brutality and savagery many slave owners imposed on their slaves: “The Devil shows no mercy… She is beaten until the whip snaps off her back like pulled taffy, and then she is kicked to the ground” (81). Gyasi clearly depicts the ruthless nature that Ness’s owner has.
These women did not conform to the traditional role of the wife and mother. Femme fatales are usually destroyed in the end, either by being killed or being domesticated, as though they are being punished thinking they can compete with men. Male dominance is always restored by the end of the film. In established film noir, the new economic, social, and sexual freedom that women experienced during the war years as they joined the workplace was quite unsettling to many American men. This fear of strong, independent women and the need to show the danger of this independence was shown, whether consciously or not, in most film noir.
The portrayal of the hardship of motherhood allows Sethe’s experience as a slave to transcend beyond the time period and become a universal suffering that people can relate to, therefore achieving mimesis. Meanwhile, Paul himself is another character whom Morrison uses to achieve mimesis. He keeps his emasculating torments as a slave in a “tin can” where his heart used to be, which he is unwilling to open because he feared if Sethe “got a whiff of the contents it would really shame him” (Morrison 85). His time as a slave made him see himself as a property rather than a man, which results in his loss of identity and repression of emotions, as well as prevents him from connecting with Sethe. His inability to convey his love prevents him from accepting and moving on from his trauma, and therefore creates pity.
113-115, 117) In the case of Sula, this ironically replicates the sexual shaming of African American women in slavery. Because in slavery African American woman did not have rights and white men would take advantage of these females and copulate with them, more often than not against their will. When Sula sleeps with the white men she shows she has no respect for her heritage and history and thus she becomes a traitor to her people in the “bottom”. While the community hangs on to its past and is ashamed and disgusted by Sula for sleeping with the white
However, she mostly focused on explaining the mental problems of slaves caused by physical abuses. She and many other slaves suffered greatly from being denied their basic human rights, such as men and women were not allowed to marry, women were often required to sleep with their masters, and their children were sold to other owners, so families had to be separated. Therefore, the author emphasized that the mental cruelty of slavery was as devastating as its physical