In Douglass’ life as a slave, he endured a lot of suffering from slaveholders, overseers, and slave mistresses. Slaveholders were the owners of the slaves. They were classified into two different categories, the poor and the wealthy. Wealthy slaveholders owned many slaves and would sell and trade them with other slave holders for profit. Poor slaveholders were looked down on and did things such as getting female slaves just to breed them.
Introduction Imagine seeing dogs on the road and picking them up. You bring them home and sell them. You are now a hero to that dog. You are now a lifesaver and you have just helped a dog that is in need. That dog was abused and hated by its owner.
In Sharon Draper novel ,Copper Sun, she explains the struggle of slavery through a slave's point of view. Amari ,the main character, is captured from Ziavi, forced to become a slave, and then later escapes. Amiari is captured by “Men with skin like sheep” and sold into slavery where she meets Pollie who is a indictured girl that later became friends with Amari. Amari and Polly decides to escapes after a horrible event takes place. In Draper’s historical fiction novel Amari will learn the hardships of being a slave.
Numerous things have occurred in history that most people either believes is false, or denies that it has happened, one of which being slavery. In the realistic fiction novel NightJohn by Gary Paulsen, Paulsen describes the life of Sarny as she goes through the struggle of being slave. Information such as brutality, family seperation, and acts of kindness can be corroborated with Nightjohn through Fredrick Douglass, Mingo White, and Solomon Northup. Multiple examples of brutality can be seen in Nightjohn, the most prominent being whipping and the use of dogs to hunt down slaves. The first act of brutality to be read is whipping, where Sarny reports that slaves would be whipped for going too slow.
During the Holocaust, the Germans deprived minority groups, especially the Jews, of human qualities, personalities, and spirits. The German Nazis treated the Jews like animals and forced them to endure abominable physical tortures. In the novel, Night, Elie Wiesel narrates his life during World War II as a Jew; he is compelled to be relocated to a concentration camp with his father, but unfortunately, he and his father are separated from his mother and sisters. Wiesel and his father face many situations where they are dehumanized along with the other fellow Jews. Through his perspective, the readers discover the cruel and disgusting practices taken against the Jews.
They Cage the Animals at Night is a book written by Jennings Michael Burch in 1985.The book was based on true events that occurred in his life during the late 1940’s and early1950’s. Burch described the hardship of his life from staying at foster institutions and foster homes. They Cage the Animals at Night was not only a depiction of Jennings Burch’s life, but it also showed the way children had to face physical and emotional abuse in the foster care system. A large portion of the book revealed and described the rigorousness that Jennings faced alone. His experience of emotional and physical abuse exposed how children were treated like prisoners.
Elie Wiesel, author and victim of the Holocaust wrote the novel Night which portrays his experiences in the Holocaust. During the Holocaust the Nazis dehumanized many groups of people, but primarily the Jewish people. Elie writes about his personal journey through the Holocaust, and how he narrowly escaped death. In Elie’s novel he also provides detailed descriptions of what the victims of the Holocaust had to suffer through, and the different ways the Nazis made them feel like nothing more than animals that are meant to be used for work and slaughtered. One of the first things that Elie and the other Jewish people from his village have to suffer through is riding in a cramped cattle car, as if they were animals.
Throughout Heart of a Dog and Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad and Mikhail Bulgakov depict the dehumanizing effects of oppression––specifically slavery and discrimination––on both the oppressed and their oppressors. Dehumanization, as portrayed by these texts, is the unjust stripping (of oneself or others) of human dignity and respect; it is also a subjugation to needless attack, physical or verbal. In Heart of a Dog, Philippovich is dehumanized as he descends from a state of prestige to bumbling mental chaos, losing his own dignity as his beloved manners disappear from his own conduct. In Heart of Darkness, Marlow and his fellow ivory hunters suffer in a way uncannily similar to the native Africans, wrought with starvation and deadly violence. The initially well-mannered and respected surgeon Philippovich, whom Sharik reveres for his generosity and Bormenthal adores for his intellect, is degraded into a brusque, rude figure.
In this memoir, Elie Wiesel uses imagery in order to develop the presence of animal-like behavior on people when they are being dehumanized. At this point of the story, Elie and the other prisoners are in a wagon traveling to a different concentration camp, and they are trying to survive in inhuman conditions. To begin, Wiesel describes, “We were given bread… We threw ourselves on it… Someone had the idea of quenching his thirst by eating snow.”( Wiesel 96). This fact emphasizes the alternatives they have to take just to survive because as animals do, that is the only thing they can look forward to. Later, when the wagon goes through German towns, Wiesel describes, “... a worker took a piece of bread out of his bag and threw it into a wagon.
The inhumanity they faced for what? The color of their skin? Before reading the book Kindred, the Slave Diary, and watching the movie Roots I would have told you it must have been pretty tough being a slave but now with the knowledge I have and the brutality I witnessed I would tell you that I have no idea how miserable it must have been but that my heart breaks for all of those who suffered and still are suffering from slavery. I cannot tell anyone that I know exactly what it feels like to be treated in such a disgraceful manner but through Kunta Kinte, Anita Ross, Harriet Jacobs and Dana I get a glimpse of the ongoing pain and suffering they endured as well as all the others slaves. Determination and a willingness to fight against all odds are what lead Kunta Kinte, Anita Ross, Harriet Jacobs and Dana to
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.
A slave once said to himself that he wished he was an animal, “Anything… just to get rid of thinking.” After reading this excerpt, Life of Frederick Douglass, learning more horrid things about slavery, the criminal and unaccepting ways of the enslavers, and the struggles of the slaves, I now know what us “white’s” have done wrong in our history. We treated others of different colors as if they were different, unpleasant to the eyes, or unintelligent — but the one thing we didn 't see in them is that they too, were human. Who is Frederick Douglass? When Douglass was young, he had been sent to Baltimore along with someone named Hugh Auld, a relative of his first master. Auld’s wife began to teach Douglass to read.
The book of negroes written by Lawrence Hill is a fantastic book that tells the story of slavery through the eyes of a girl who later becomes a women name Aminata. Throughout the book, Aminata tells readers about the many downfalls and experiences she has been through when in slave by the white men. Some of the themes that relate to this book are Freedom, Determination, wisdom, love and family teaching, Hardship/brutality, and death. During the crucial years of slavery, colored people were forced to serve white people against their will. There are so many black people wanted to be free.The stories told in the book are examples of the injustice acts against blacks.
Many people know about the existence of puppy mills. However, they do not know the true reasons why many animal cruelty prevention organizations have started attacking the basis of puppy mills. Puppy mills are a commercial breeding business where dogs are mass produced. Which does not sound horrible until you find out about the filthy and unhealthy environment, these vulnerable puppies live in until they get shipped out to a local pet shop. The dogs bred in these puppy mills are typically damaged either physically or emotionally.