Frederick Douglass’ Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself and Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl discusses how slavery dehumanizes and breaks down an individual to no worth. Douglass’ and Jacobs’ accounts are similar because they lecture against slavery with the work and obstacles they went through. Jacobs says, “For years, my master had done his utmost to pollute my mind with foul images, and to destroy the pure principles inculcated by my grandmother, and the good mistress of my childhood. The influences of slavery had the same effect on me that they had on other young girls; they had made me prematurely knowing, concerning the evil ways of the world.” (827) Jacobs explains that slavery has attempted to take a toll on her life with its physical, emotional, and mental abuse. Women in slavery were mistreated sexually as well, and in this case, Jacobs faced sexual oppression at a young age.
From the get-go, Sweet Home is not really “sweet,” rather, it was a dreadful and abominable place whereby the inhabitants were repeadetly striped of their identities along with being physically abused. The slaves of this plantation were often the victim of frequent measuring and experiments by their masters. The memories and experiences Sethe have accumulated throughout the years at Sweet Home have transformed her to become one that is afraid--afraid that the ones she loved the most, her precious children, will in turn, be a victim of slavery. While running away from her master, she ends up in
Sethe, the protagonist suffers the most inhumane treatment at the plantation by the white masters. The literature produced after the Civil War concentrate on the lives of African Americans during and after slavery. Beloved deals exclusively with the distorted love of a mother for her child under the oppression of slavery. Due to the horror of slavery Sethe 's murder of Beloved is renovated into what Morrison controversially considers 'the ultimate gesture of a
One of the Weylin’s Slaves begins to reflect on one instance of abuse, she states that the owners: “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. “(6.2.40). The slaves are unbelievably selfless, she states that she was abused but she thinks the worst part is what has been done to “other people.” The fact that she believes that she deserves the brutality and feels that others don't reflects her selflessness. Then, there was a huge shift in this novel. A shift of power, which was very unexpected.
Though former slaves tell a different story, Charles Ball wrote “I became weary of life, and bitterly execrated the day I was born. It seemed that I was destined by fate to drink the cup of sorrow to the very dregs, and that I should find no respite from misery but in the grave. I longed to die, and escape from the hands of my tormentors” . Africans saw slavery as an evil institution that was inescapable. As more people heard their stories, many started to feel sorry for them.
I grabbed my brothers chair and broke the rear window of the car. This was the only way my aunt and my mom were going to be able to get out of the car. As soon as I broke the window a man came running over to us. He asked us if we were all okay and started helping us get my mom and my aunt out of the car. Meanwhile, cars and trucks had stopped to see what had
Motherhood is the most basic human right, and slaves are being stripped of their ability to have families. No white woman in America would ever ‘wish that she and they [her children] might die before the day dawns,’ so Jacobs includes this notion to appeal to the maternal instincts of the women reading her narrative. It creates a sorrowful tone that veils underlying anger at the unjust nature of this New Year’s practice. Furthermore, she creates more sympathy for the situation of slave mothers by reminding her white audience that slave children are ‘torn’ from their mothers at a young age. The word invokes a different emotional response from her audience; it invokes a feeling of longing for their children and sympathy for the mothers.
Since the Chattel slavery has to do with slaves becoming personal property, the way that people of color were kidnapped and treated, they were bought, sold and traded at their owner’s expense. This is what is known as Chattel Slavery and since the Atlantic Slave Trade was done in such a brutal manner due to the way the black people were taken from their homes and separated from their families forever. Chattel Slavery will always be known as a form of slavery that relates to all the types of brutalities that the black people were condemned to suffer for many years. Even though at the beginning the slavery, this type of system was something that was not correct and legal, many people went ahead and decided to start the Chattel Slavery trade, even if many people did not know about it. Unfortunately for many blacks who became slaves, they were traded as merchandise for goods.
Our phone had been disconnected for non-payment, so she had taken the car to go to a friend’s house to use their phone. She intended to call her parents and ask if she could move back home. She somehow didn’t see Jeremy playing in the driveway as she started the car and began to drive away. But he was there, innocently playing in front of the car, not realizing the danger. Amid the ensuing panic that followed, we somehow managed to pick up his limp body and go racing to the fire station where I knew there was an ambulance service.