Europeans and Africans were close neighbors and allies, until the Europeans got lazy and greedy and jumped to the conclusion that if they to their loyal neighbors into slavery then all of their problems would be solved. In the mid- 15th century the Africans and Europeans broke their alliance as the Africans had been betrayed for money and labor. The Europeans got very greedy and sold their neighbors for a large amount of money, or used them for personal labor. During the middle passage the Africans were beaten and starved to death. The journey through the middle passage and the slave trade experience caused physical,emotional, and social pain among the captured Africans who were separated from family, treated with mounds of disrespect, and forced to make life changing delicious that could lead to brutal punishments.
Both of these writers felt responsible to inform their white readership of the hardships slavery had on not only them but on other slaves. For example, Olaudah Equiano experienced being taken away by white people from his country. He even found himself wishing to be back at his former slavery in preference of his “present situation”. He states, “...I became so sick and low that I was not able to eat, not had I the least desire to taste anything. I now wished for the last friend, death to relieve me..”(130).
This prompts Captain Delano to express that if such an incidence had happened upon his ship, “instant punishment would have followed”, reflecting his very strong belief that the slaves were inferior and it would be improper for them to behave in such a way (50). There are also many instances where Captain Delano notices weird behavior from the crew members towards him but ends up disregarding their actions. For instance, there is a “young Spanish sailor” who tries to get Captain Delano’s attention three separate times to warn him of the conditions of the ship (54). He keeps his “eye[s] fixed” on Captain Delano and moves in secretive ways through “shadows” suggesting he needs to talk to
The deplorable living conditions experienced by the African slaves made matters worse. An even more intense form of resistance than starvation was suicide. Serious and untreated depression led to an increase in suicides: Some slaves employed various items on the ship in the quest to take their own lives. Some found loose lengths of rope or articles of clothing and used them to hang themselves. Others located knives, sharp pieces of metal, wooden stakes, or other instruments and used them to cut their throat or otherwise mortally wound themselves.
I also started jotting down the extremely inhumane punishment inflicted against the free Africans who messed around on the plantations there. I started realizing that free blacks in some ways were worse off than slaves, unfortunately. Since they had no master to look out for them, and no opportunities for work or to make a life. Master King and Captain Thomas Farmer took me as a sailor on several of their voyages, in which I distinguished myself from the rest of the slaves. One day Master King and Captain Farmer accused me once of planning an escape, which I had never planned to do but I had evidence of loyalty which destroyed their fears of me running away.
He uses similes throughout his narrative to compare his struggles with slavery and show how the African American is negatively portrayed with something the reader can easily imagine and relate. When discussing his tiresome days working , Douglass compares himself to being held down by a weight, When I could stand no longer, I fell, and felt as if held down by an immense weight.” (55) The simile between him and the weight shows how slavery is weighing him down and it is something the reader can easily imagine and relate too. Later in the narrative Douglass compares slaves to wild beasts, “In the midst of houses, yet having no home,--among fellow-men, yet feeling as if in the midst of wild beasts,” (90).
The author characterizes Amir as self-centered to embody that Pashtuns, the majority ethnic group, treat Hazara as slaves even now. Amir starts to feel guilt and remorse towards Hassan, so he chose redemption as the gateway to the freedom of his guilt. The Kite Runner illustrates a relationship of guilt and betrayal through the relationship of Amir and Hassan. The series of betrayal, guilt, and remorse keeps on being cyclical in The Kite Runner throughout characters of different era and will connect to next generations until Amir chooses redemption, the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil, and decides to break the cycle of contrition and guilt.
It conveys in a superb way the horrid things that even a touch of deep rooted racism can do. It can wreck a life, but most often wrecks a series of lives. Every single character was effected in a negative way because of how Armand dealt with the realization that he may have married a women of a different ethnicity. The slaves, who had been treated much kinder when Armand was loving Desiree were treated horribly again, the Valmondes lost their baby and grandchild, and Armand suffered the biggest loss of all. He lost his innocence.
During the Haitian Revolution through August 21, 1791, to January 1, 1804, slaves were imported from Africa and oppressed by the white, French population. The slaves were outraged at the mistreatment and decided to revolt against their masters. There were many causes that started the revolution, such as social, economic, and political inequality between the white French and everyone else. The revolution itself also had an important legacy that inspired hope for the future of those oppressed as well as more negatively, death and tragedy. The Haitian Revolution was caused by oppressive slavery and discrimination against all but the French elite and led to the death of French and Haitians alike, the French’s expulsion from the island, and the spread of hope and freedom to other oppressed people all over the world.
Ferdinand Magellan was a portuguese explorer born in Portugal, in the year 1480. I don’t think Ferdinand Magellan was worth defending. I wouldn’t defend him for three reasons, he was cruel to his crew members and others, he put his crew in danger, and he lost sight of the mission. Magellan wasn’t worth defending because of his cruelty towards his crew and others. In Document B, it talks about how when his crew rebelled against him, he responded harshly so that his crew would be scared and wouldn’t try it again.
Through the journey Slaves were barely fed. The slave capturers would capture fish along the sea and eat them. Then they would give the slaves the straps, the little food and water they did provide was not enough to survive a few slave didn’t make it. Due to the fact of the horrible conditions slave were in some slaves would die and the slave capturers would just throw them over ship.
Slaveholders feared slaves’ rebellions and attempts of escape. After the master’s “lecture,” Douglass lost his teacher who became coldness like his husband. Douglass was so sad and wrote in his book that “That cheer eye, under the influence of slavery, soon became red with rage; that voice, made all of sweet accord, changed to one of harsh and horrid discord; and that angelic face gave place to that of demon”(Douglass, page 19). Thus, slavery, as the poison, blinded human being’s eyes and made people discard their good qualities which they had initially.
A slave said, “In such a place the sense of misery and suffocation is so great, that the blacks are driven to frenzy.” Even though whites and blacks were slaves, they were treated unequally and unfairly. Eventually, racism developed in society and white people was considered superior over the blacks. The blacks and whites were separated due to their skin color.
In this passage, Douglass uses contrary words to express the mixed emotions a slave experiences while under the powerful control of the slave owners. Douglass uses the word “drown” to emphasize the power of music during the time of being a slave. Music and melodies are solely used to express their sadness and powerlessness, and in rare cases, happiness. When Douglass uses the word “jaws”, it provokes the image of slavery being a monster indulging on one 's well being and integrity, striping the feelings and emotions away from the slaves. Slavery has made Douglass numb from the emotion of joy and bliss, and has had a negative impact on him in all aspects.
At times some whites were involved in slave resistance and rebellions. The fear was that unhappy whites who were poor would join together with the black slaves to overthrow and destroy the existing order and system. Before all of this white and black indentured servants were treated equally bad and there was a cooperation among them. The rich plantation owners knew this was remembered though it was attempted to ingrain racism into everyone’s thinking. They feared the poor whites would turn against them so they subtly started to treat them better trying to persuade the poor whites that they were both working towards a common