Slavery In Toni Morrison's The Heroic Slave, And Fredrick Douglass
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Creative non-fiction has ever-growing popularity with a style that recounts a historical event through narrative. It captivates readers with a purpose to entertain the audience through prose as opposed to other forms of non-fiction. Sometimes creative non-fiction pieces enlighten readers about topics that they would otherwise avoid such as seen in numerous written works about slavery. Slavery is a controversial topic as it is associated with a darker part of American memory. However, some authors during their time wanted their audience to bear witness to the atrocity with tales based on true stories. They would range from the action pact pieces such as from Fredrick Douglass’s “The Heroic Slave” and Herman Melville’s “Benito Cereno” to the more thought-provoking works such as Toni Morrison’s Beloved. These three authors published their stories to humanize the African slave in the eyes of the white brugoise and justify the characters actions by means that would revoke their current statuses as savages. Creative non-fiction preserves the memory of slavery in Douglass’s tale of Washington who commits mutiny in the name of freedom, Melville’s story of Babo in a darker variation of mutiny, and Morrison’s work about the mental scars that are left from enslavement on Sethe.
Douglass gives life to Madison Washington 's character in a retelling of the mutiny of the Creole by reimagining the social norm of African 'savages '. Washington 's character is seen to have exercised