Through this, she conveys the pain and hopelessness that so many felt as they had no choice but to obey a white man’s demands and needs. They were all treated as objects rather than human beings. Gyasi further emphasizes this through the story of Ness. On a plantation in America, Ness experiences the brutality and savagery many slave owners imposed on their slaves: “The Devil shows no mercy… She is beaten until the whip snaps off her back like pulled taffy, and then she is kicked to the ground” (81). Gyasi clearly depicts the ruthless nature that Ness’s owner has.
These conditions led to disease, illness and often death; horrendous conditions like these are cruel and inhumane. Equiano includes the flogging of a white crew member to highlight the fact that the white men are savages; the slaves witnessed the whites cruelly
He was a Christian, but broke many laws of the Christian way. He lied to the king and queen so he could get more help and time. He was ruthless and cruel, all which Christianity frowns upon. Columbus ran his sword through Indians who wouldn’t trade gold with him and took many natives prisoners to find gold. In 1495, he created a slave raid and rounded up fifteen hundred Arawak men, women, and children to force them to work or to sell them.
Nat Turner's Rebellion Nathaniel Turner started a rebellion that made the plantation owners very upset and scared to go to sleep because they could've possibly been murdered. Nat Turner's Rebellion was bad because it made the slaves join him in his movement. Most believed that Nat Turner was a madman. He was a madman because he killed many innocent families and children during his rebellion (film). Nat Turner was a mad man because of the things he did during his short rebellion.
Wendell Berry’s poem, "My Great-Grandfather’s Slaves”, details his emotional enslavement to and relentless guilt about his great-grandfather’s slaves. He is extremely remorseful because his own family owned and mistreated other people. Berry feels personally connected to and responsible for the slaves. His shame is evident through his usage of literary devices like metaphors, irony, repetition, and juxtaposition. Berry’s powerful poem captures his true shame and emotional turmoil.
He is conditioned to use violence when he does not get what he wants, like most slave owners in the Antebellum south. Kevin and Dana discuss what needs to be done with Rufus and Dana explains the forms of punishments she and other slaves receive: “Sent me to the field, had me beaten, made me spend nearly eight months sleeping on the floor of his mother’s room, sold people … He’s done plenty, but the worst of it was to other people” (245). Butler uses diction and characterization of Rufus to exploit how men are immature when power hungry. He contains a lot of power over many human lives, slaves. He abuses his power when he simply wants.
Even though they were under the exact same circumstances as their fellow prisoners, being given power corrupted them. These men were devoid of all sympathy, and would beat prisoners for the smallest provocation, treating them like slaves and never faltering in their cruelty. Elie Wiesel’s Kapo, Idek, was one such person. Elie describes one example of Idek’s brutality on page 50, when a livid Idek beat Elie for no reason. He writes,” He leapt on me, like a wild animal, hitting me in the chest, on the head, throwing me down and pulling me up again, his blows growing more and more violent, until I was covered in blood.” When the prisoners were performing monotonous forced labor, the Kapos would work prisoners until they could barely stand, yet didn’t give the prisoners a single second of reprieve.
He even kidnapped hundreds of people, put them in the boats that were stolen, then incinerated the ships with people still in them. Was what he found really worth honoring him for? Was it really worth slaughtering all of the people he did just to reclaim lost ships and to find a new route? Vasco da Gama is guilty of committing 2nd degree murder.
Devour their curdled blood, gobble up their molten flesh, and ravish their females’ ebony bodies; what else have masters to do when the slaves’ toil brings them all that they need and more. Bundled up under the decks, inhaling a loathsome stench, Equiano feels “so sick and low” that he becomes unable to eat and wishes for death, his last friend, but only to get tortured further (Equiano 65). This represents an average slave’s life when being transported from his native land to the colonizers’ country to work in fields, mills, and factories. Slave trade, the cruelest evil of colonization, has resulted in the deprivation of African people of their kith and kin, their freedom and dignity, and their right to a decent life. On the other hand, their
Discuss why and how the Nat Turner Revolt changed American history? Nat Turner, a slave that changed American History though his beliefs and vision of whites and African Americans fighting. Back in history the thought of white and African Americans battling were uncalled of because African Americans were slaves and suppose to be scared of the white folks. Nat Turners vision drove many slaves including himself to rebel against the white people; they called this the revolt. Many slaves set out on the night of August 20th, 1831, gathering weapons and supplies to kill the people.