Personhood In The Slave Narratives

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1.0. Introduction
What does one understand by the word ‘person’ or the concept ‘personhood’? Socrates questioned it and so did Plato and also the later generations of philosophers and thinkers; all have encountered the concept of ‘personhood’ as an existential crisis in the intellectual journey of the human race. The socio-political-philosophical reflection upon the issues such as ‘injustice’, ‘dignity’ and ‘human rights’ in the Slave Narratives makes the question of ‘personhood’ a very prominent existential and intellectual crisis which is still being pondered about in various forms and colours. The struggles of the life of a slave enumerated in such narratives is a reflection of the incoherence regarding the concept of human life, dignity and personhood among the so-called superior and intellectual class of people who subjugated and plundered fellow beings on racial grounds. This paper is contemplation on the concept of ‘personhood’ through the eyes of the epistolary slave narratives.
Plato in his work, “Republic” said that the most essential element that separates human beings from things is their rational nature. Yet it is this
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Just ten years ago, this beautiful morning, yon bright sun beheld me a slave – a poor degraded shuttle – trembling at the sound of your voice, lamenting that I was a man, and wishing myself a brute. The hopes which I has treasured up for weeks of a safe and successful escape from your grasp, were powerfully confronted at this last hour by dark clouds of doubt and fear, making my person shake and my bosom to leave with the heavy contest between hope and fear. I have no words to describe to you the deep agony of soul which I experienced on that never to be forgotten morning – (for I left by daylight). I was making a leap in the
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