The play, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, is based on the lives of two transcendental men, Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson who lived during the mid-19th century and was written as a protest against the Mexican-American War. Emerson is known for his many maxims, which are short statements that express a general truth or rule of conduct. In one of his maxims, “Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind,” Emerson argues that nothing is more important than following what one personally believes in. The word sacred is used as a means of something highly regarded or holy and the word integrity is doing what one perceives is morally right. Therefore, Emerson suggests the theme that nothing is more highly regarded than following one’s own belief on what is morally the right thing to do.
Frederick Douglass wrote his narrative as a freeman, therefore, he is able to reflect on his life as a slave and decode the cryptic artifice of his former slave owners. Douglass lived a harsh life in the south before he made his valiant escape to the north, in order to evade further physical and mental torture. Therefore, Douglass is able to understand what it is like to be an invisible entity with a lack of identity, on physical earth. Metaphors are like string that Douglass uses to weave together a cohesive argument to support the eradication of slavery. As Douglass reminisces on his life he states that he “was made to drink the bitterest dregs of slavery...” (Douglass) Slavery, in this instance, is taken out of its literal context and liquefied
Harriet Tubman was extremely dedicated to freeing slaves. Tubman decided to travel to different plantations taking groups of slaves in the middle of the night and leading the slaves to Canada, knowing that the punishment could have been extremely brutal. The story, “Harriet Tubman: Conductor of the Underground Railroad” demonstrates how dedicated Tubman was to freeing slaves; Tubman pulled a gun on a runaway slave who threatened to go back to the plantation. “She tried to explain to them why none of them could go back to the plantation. If
The autobiography, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, written in 1845 in Massachusetts, narrates the evils of slavery through the point of view of Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass is a slave who focuses his attention into escaping the horrors of slavery. He articulates his mournful story to anyone and everyone, in hopes of disclosing the crimes that come with slavery. In doing so, Douglass uses many rhetorical strategies to make effective arguments against slavery. Frederick Douglass makes a point to demonstrate the deterioration slavery yields from moral, benevolent people into ruthless, cold-hearted people.
Irony in Huck Finn Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain takes place in the mid 1830’s to the mid 1840’s when slavery was still prevalent in the south. Although the book was set in the 1830’s to the 1840’s, it was not published until 1884, after slavery had been abolished in 1865. Slavery is an important topic of the book to focus on because it shaped the way people thought. A way that Twain shows the truths of slavery in the book is through irony. A specific scene that he used irony in was when Huck was helping Jim escape from slavery, yet Huck judged Jim for wanting to free the rest of his family which is ironic.
He doesn 't care if he’s protecting someone of color or anyone else’s opinions because in the story he was protecting Tom Robinson an African American man. “ ‘The main one is, if I didn 't I couldn 't hold up my head in town, I couldn 't represent this county in the legislature, I couldn 't even tell you or Jem not to do something again. […] “ (9.16-21). Mayella Ewell said that Tom had raped her, even though Atticus knew he had little chance of winning the trial he still continued with it. Mayella’s dad was mad at some of the events that happened during the trial because Atticus had chosen to represent Tom and certain questions that he had asked Mayella.
The devices Britain used had an affect on life. Andy Warhol was an American Draftsman, Filmmaker, Painter, and Printmaker. He was the third born child to Czechoslovakian immigrants parents named Ondrej and Ulja on August 6, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When Andy was only 14 years old his father passed away, but he did leave money for one purpose and that was to be used for higher learning, and the family decided that Andy would benefit the most from having a college education. Warhol moved to New York City shortly after graduating Carnegie Institute to work as a commercial illustrator, where he worked for several well-known magazines.
The Third Dumpster by Gish Jen Every culture and society have a different way to deal with their parents when they grow old. In this story we deal with two brothers who have lived in America all their lives, while their parents have lived there for fifty years, it’s about how to nurse your parents when they grow old, do they leave them behind? Or nurse them? Or build them a house? It’s about the struggle the two brothers meets while trying to build the perfect house for their grown parents in America.
Mark Twain expressed through his characters how slaves were thought of as property and not human beings. This is evident at the slave auction and throughout the story as Jim fights to buy his family's freedom. Aunt Sally also drives home the message that blacks are not men when after the steamboat explosion she is told a "nigger" was killed and she replies, "Well, it's lucky; because sometimes people do get hurt!" (Twain 228). Earlier, Twain shows just how racist people are when Pap Finn actually gives up his right to vote because a black man has the right to vote.
The American Slave Trade: Uncle Tom’s Cabin “Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves” ― Abraham Lincoln, Complete Works - Volume XII. In other words, no one deserves freedom, if one person does not let someone else have it. Uncle Tom’s Cabin is an anti-slavery novel written by an American author named Harriet Beecher Stowe. The book is based on a true story which talks about Tom, who suffered from slavery, considering himself as black skinned colored. Stowe, wrote this book to describe the condition of slavery in the South, aiming to inform the people of the North about what was happing to those victims.