Throughout the story, Grandison seems like a devoted slave who loves his master and the security and protection he provides. He tells Colonel Owens, “You is de bes’ marster any nigger ever had in dis worl” (Chesnutt, 617). Additionally, Grandison shows no outward interest in escaping despite the numerous opportunities Dick gives him. He tells Dick that the free blacks in the North, “’lows dey’re free, but dey ain’ got sense ‘nuff ter know dey ain’ half as well off as dey would be down Souf, whar dey’d be ‘preciated” (C...
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...e story. He shows that slaves are smart and rational people too. Chesnutt pokes fun at the long-held attitudes of slaveholders and plantation life. He uses Grandison as over-the-top sarcasm how slave masters treat their slaves. Finally, Chesnutt comments on social issues in a comical way – making the topics easier to handle, yet still pertinent.
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