The documentary on Big Sugar by Brian McKenna supports Mintz’s ideas by revealing the dark side of working on the plantations, and the terrible working conditions that the labors (or slaves) back then had to suffer. They went hungry while working a 12-hour day to in order to earn just $2. Mary Prince, a West Indian slave said that: I have often wondered how English people can go out into the West Indies and act in such a beastly manner. But when they go to the West Indies they forget God and all feelings of shame, I think, since they can see and do such things. They tie up people like hogs – moor them up like cattle, and they lick them, so as hogs, or cattle, or horses never were
In the excerpt of the “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave,” Douglass discusses the horrors of being enslaved and a fugitive slave. Through Douglass’s use of figurative language, diction and repetition he emphasizes the cruelty he experiences thus allowing readers to under-stand his feelings of happiness, fear and isolation upon escaping slavery. Figurative language allocates emotions such as excitement, dread and seclusion. As a slave you have no rights, identity or home. Escaping slavery is the only hope of establishing a sense of self and humanity.
As a child, he is taught to treat all other races as though they are beneath him, resulting in his expectation of being called master or mister by those around him on the slave farm. When he grows up, Rufus takes on the role of a slave owner and becomes unusually cruel to the one he claims to love. As a slave owner, he abuses the power to keep Alice in place and establishes a master-and-slave relationship, and destroys the childhood he had with her. When Rufus realizes that this is not enough to set her as a slave, he turns into his old man and resorts to threatening and manipulating her to control her. Their relationship goes from innocent childhood friends to master and slave just because of Rufus and his selfish
He writes to people who are educated about what happened when slavery was accepted, and to those who are afraid to fight back within their own problems. Frederick Douglass narrates in his autobiography, The Heroic Slave, a time when he was sent to labor on an Eastern Shore plantation. There, he gives an example of a time when he fought against a harsh overseer named Covey, who decided that by breaking the boy’s body would correlate to also breaking his spirit. Covey may have wanted to crush Frederick’s spirit by mercilessly beating him, but Douglass wanted to stand his ground. To vividly grasp us into his story of perseverance and courage, he effectively uses three strategies: pathos, imagery, and anecdotes.
Beginning in the 15th century, the slave trade was a dehumanizing and absolutely immoral system that was founded on racism and greed. Human beings were traded, shipped, and sold like inanimate objects with the sole intention of gleaning the highest profits for traders. Because of their race, the africans that were captured and traded were looked at as less than human, and the slave trade allowed racism to continue for years after it was first started. The transatlantic slave trade was the introduction of institutionalized racism towards African Americans in the western hemisphere, and through every stage of the process, Africans were mentally and physically abused. The slave trade first began in 1442 when the captains of a portuguese ship
To be more precise, during the scene at the slave market (part 3), slaves could almost be described as mechanized; in other words, they are completely dehumanized. The first seen describes Freeman exhibiting his slaves for buyers as if they were simple objects in an antique shop. He does not respect them as human beings: “Freeman damned her, calling her a blubbering, bawling wench, and ordered her to get to her place, and behave herself.” This quote is one of the many examples throughout the whole book of how slave are treated and beaten up of they do not “behave.” Violence is a repeated theme used to describe the different personalities of the traders. Traders use severe violence, both verbally and physically, to make the slaves “obey” (like animals): “He caught her by the arm and pulled her rudely” or “then, with a volley of great oaths, he struck a heartless blow, that she staggered backward, and was like to fall.” Slaves are treated as poorly as animals, sometimes worse so that traders would obtain higher prices on their ‘prizes’: “The little fellow was made to jump, and run across the floor, and perform many other feats, exhibiting his activity and condition.” That is the reason why Freeman would not sell Emily because he will be able to sell her at a higher price when she becomes of age to be sold as a prostitute: “There were heaps and
In Olaudah Equiano’s narrative, he demonstrates an oppressive tone in order to create sympathy for the slaves. For example, when the slaves pack onto the ships, the author describes, “[that] the stench…was so intolerably loathsome…it was dangerous to remain there” (Equiano 45). The diction Equiano uses such as, “stench” and “intolerably loathsome” leads to an increased amount of sympathy for the slaves suffering in the horrendous conditions. Equiano illuminates the dehumanization of the black slaves by describing the atrocities of where they survive. Furthermore, after days without food, instead of providing the slaves with much needed food, the whites simply, “tossed the remaining fish in the sea...although [the slaves] begged and pleaded
Even worst, Marlow frequently saw the Africans were being beaten by the European when the carrying packages fall to the ground (Enas Subhi, 2010). Here, the description of Marlow towards the Europe attitudes when they enslaved the natives brutally displays that the situation was totally terrible. Marlow also illustrated the African situation at that time was a hard life and it indicates that Marlow was sympathy towards
Sophia Pruett Waples January 20th, 2017 The Liberation ‘Vacation’ During the time of slavery, African-Americans lived their day to day lives being treated as animals as they worked long hours. Their white masters felt a sense of power over them, and made the slaves feel as if they were lesser and inferior whites. Harriet Jacobs being a slave herself writes of her experiences being owned by a master and her personal anecdotes of slave masters trying to make slavery sound like the best option compared to living in poverty as a free slave. In chapter eight of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs uses Sentimentalism and simple language to prove that having freedom is better than being held as a slave, regardless of the conditions. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is a Sentimentalist story, and Jacobs uses this form of literature in order to get her point across.
While on a plantation, Olaudah Equiano was sent inside the estate to fan his ill master and when he walked in he saw a black woman which had on an iron muzzle that “locked her mouth so fast that she could scarcely speak; and could not eat or drink” (Equiano 21). Further along in Equiano’s narrative he wrote about another instance of physical abuse in chapter five, he said he saw a black man who was “beaten til some of his bones were broken” (Equiano 46) just for letting a pot boil over. Today treatment like this would be deemed completely illegal, unethical, and unacceptable and yet this is only a handful of examples from his text that prove this to be an anti-slavery
Captured slaves were usually auctioned off to the highest bidder.After being sold,slaves worked in mines,fields or even as domestic servants.They lived a grueling existence.Many lived on little food in small huts.They worked long days and suffered beatings.Slavery was a lifelong condition.African slaves contributed greatly to the economic and cultural development of the americas.Their greatest contribution was their labor.without their backbreaking work colonies may not have