Even a minor character like Ella who gives an account of what happened to her while being enslaved; she--or rather the narrator-- talks about being raped by her owners, and at one point has a child from them and lets it die by itself. One of the only memories Sethe has of her mom is standing below her mom while she’s being hung. The accounts of each character is a testament to the depth of hurt that was caused by slavery, although these characters weren’t real, the occurances in the novel were not out of the ordinary at the time set in the book. Sethe kills her own child in fear of the pain that white people would take them, and put them through the physical and emotional agony that she had to go through. This means that death, in Sethe’s mind, is better than what they would go through at the hands of a slave
The book I read was Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen. In Nightjohn, a slave girl named Sarny is taught how to read and write by another slave named Nightjohn. Sarny slips up and writes a word in front of the slave master, Waller, can see. Waller blames Sarny, then Mammy until finally, Nightjohn says he taught Sarny. After Nightjohn’s injuries from his punishment, he escapes.
Though she feels guilty about beating her children, she cannot help beating them again. So she tries to justify herself: “perhaps it was having no money or may be it was Cholly,” but they “sure worried the life out of me” (124). Her children’s daily needs become lighted matches to the fuse of her disappointment as a black woman denied beauty and romantic love. Wade- Gayles says, “the notion of motherhood as a sacred calling lived out in Sistine tranquility is a rhetorical lie in Pauline’s culture” (72).
It was used as an allusion to her dehumanizing years as a slave, as if her pain has gotten and established its roots, grows, and lives forever within her—a thing that no man could understand, and might even find abhorrent: “But maybe a man was nothing but a man… They encouraged you to put some weight in their hands and soon as you felt how light and lovely it was, they studied your scars and tribulations, after which they did what he has always done: ran her children out and tore up the
The way African American female slaves were treated the way Harriet Jacobs describes in her novel is they were property. Her master would whisper foul words into her ears. (Gates, 231) Harriet Jacobs and other female slaves were looked upon as sexual objects that existed for their masters. Her master stalked her and her master made her a little home for to live in. Harriet Jacobs discusses how women at this time were subjected to rape and were forced to bare children with their masters.
Harriet Tubman once said, “I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” During slavery, both whites and blacks were being subconsciously dehumanized. By treating blacks as beasts, slave owners became beasts because their actions were not guided by any consciousness or morality but by pure bestiality. This leads to psychological effects on both ends, on slave owners and on slaves. Beloved, by Toni Morrison, illustrates the life of Sethe and her constant battle with her enslaved past and supernatural presence, which makes her act upon her predestined future.
Shakespeare’s The Tempest, discloses on various acts of slavery and servitude that is still brought out in our current generation. Peter Walker issues an article about, "Briton Who Made Wife Live like Slave Is First to Be Jailed for Domestic Servitude". The topic of slavery and servitude occurs in all prospects of humanity, with no one to prevent it from happening, nor have there been any signs of change. The play and real-life situation both reveal acts of slavery, the greed for freedom and honor. Many people issue slavery as a minor worry, but they are not aware of the reality that people suffer from being controlled as one.
After escaping slavery and seeking freedom in the North, former slaves would often write their testimonies of the cruel life on the southern plantations. One of the best and most recognizable examples of this genre is “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave” whose author, Frederick Douglas, became an important figure not only in literature but also in history of fighting for civil rights. He was born into slavery and raised by the grandparents because his mother was assigned to work in a field far away and was not allowed to stay with her son. Life at the plantation was full of abuse and cruelty, which he could witness from a young age by seeing his aunt being whipped. He described slaves’ fear of their masters that often took pleasure in punishing and whipping their property; the hardships of fieldwork where blacks would work all day with only few breaks for meals or how the owners were impregnating black women in order for them to produce more, free laborers.
In her novel “Beloved” author Toni Morrison explores femininity, breaking it down into motherhood and sexuality, and examines how trauma effects these concepts. Through her use of flashbacks and analysis of the woman Sethe becomes because of trauma, the reader understands the difficulty of her “Rough Choice.” Slavery was an equally devastating experience for both men and women, who were torn from their homeland, family and tradition, then forced to work. They performed grueling labor and were denied their most basic rights; all while being subjected to mental and physical degradation. Enslaved people were beaten without mercy, separated from loved ones, and, regardless of sex, treated as property in the eyes of the law.
Between the years of 1939 to 1945 six million Jews would die in the Holocaust including Elie Wiesel's family. Night written by Elie Wiesel, is a memoir written about Elie’s experience with his father in the Nazi German concentration camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944 to 1945, during the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel is a Jew and had lost faith in his religion when going through the Nazi German concentration camps. Elie Wiesel’s culture is similar to my culture as Elie is Jewish and I am Jewish. Elie Wiesel’s culture is Jewish and Elie’s culture is comparable to my culture
In the novel, Night, by Elie Wiesel, there are many parallels to other parts of the novel. In two passages provided, both of the situations involve terrible conditions and the detachment of the characters former lives. In the first excerpt provided, the people were so close together that they couldn't “...all sit down” (Wiesel). This is also true in the second excerpt, where the passengers on the train were excited to throughout the corpses because “they would have more room” (Wiesel). These two passages show how the people had such cramped living conditions on the train and they had to live with it, as well as a lack of food and proper nourishment.
The scene Night tells the story about Faust is a scholarly man who is alone in his room at night before Easter Eve. He sits at his desk with surround of many things as clutter of books, and scientific instruments, but he feels nothing. He is too depressed and frustrated when he faces with himself, although he has been achieved and mastered many things like philosophy, medicine, law and theology. What a pity, Faust feels only darkness around him. He is unsatisfied and unbelieved in himself because of thinking his knowledge and understanding of human and universal too limited.