Character Analysis on Solomon Northup from Twelve Years a Slave

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Twelve Years a Slave is based on a true story. This book is a narrative of Solomon Northup. Who is he, and what is his identity is all described in this book. The title of this book, Twelve Years a Slave, explains those twelve years, Northup spent in slavery. He was a citizen of New York. Solomon Northup, the protagonist of the story, is born-free African American on July 1808. He is married to Anne Hampton and had three children: Elizabeth, ten years old; Margaret, eight years old; Alonzo, five years old. Solomon Northup was a free man kidnapped into slavery for twelve years in Washington, D.C at the age of 32. Two men named Brown and Hamilton kidnapped him in 1841, offered him a job in circus and drugged him. Shortly after his escape, he published his memoir to great acclaim and brought legal action against his abductors, though they were never prosecuted. Solomon Northup in Twelve Years a Slave is an interesting character because the author displays him as very intelligent & creative, caring& kind and persistent and hopeful person. Throughout the book, Northup is portrayed as an intelligent and creative person. Before he is sold into slavery, he worked as a carpenter and a violinist. He was not only multitalented; he was a keen observer of human nature. When he was sold into slavery, he saw how the slaves were hopeless and treated like machines that have no emotions. Unlike the other slaves, he was born free, so he had the privilege to get an education. Therefore, he was smart and more creative than the other slaves. He had to learn to adapt to getting his own food, when food was less, which he did. Under Northup’s first master William Ford, through Solomon creativity, he built a raft that allowed woods to be transported quic... ... middle of paper ... ...e he missed in hardship. Throughout the book, the author Solomon Northup created Solomon Northup, the main character as a very friendly person. The way he described Northup’s journey, the reader can feel sympathy for him. Solomon Northup race, being black, an important role. He is mistreated because he was black. His narrative served as an important cultural symbol of slave life on southern plantations during antebellum America. There is not much described about his physical appearance, but readers can definitely say that he has a beautiful heart. If you ask me, I think Solomon Northup is not less a hero. Works Cited Northup, Solomon. Twelve Years a Slave. Narrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New-York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853, from a Cotton Plantation near the Red River, in Louisiana. Auburn: Derby and Miller, 1853. Print.

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