Reflection Of 12 Years A Slave

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Viewing 12 Years A Slave for the first time was excruciating. The director of the film depicts a vivid view of the horror that African Americans endure during the slavery era. He illustrates one man 's journey, Solomon Northup, starting out as a free man, being captured, becoming property, to finally being able to see his family in this same lifetime. The writer 's objective for the viewer was to create a timeline of events that could happen to one through this horrific stage. By glimpsing into one person 's life of bondage as a viewer, you can truly empathize with the main character as well as others who endured enslavement. Reflection Free Man Living In Saratoga, New York in 1841, Solomon Northup was a husband, father, exceptionally talented…show more content…
Solomon learned early that being knowledgeable was not praised. He built a way for them to cross the water while a Caucasian man doubted his intelligence and concept. He built a house from the ground and knew how to "flush" the boards, yet he still was antagonized and when asked Solomon replied, "...it is a matter of perspective, use all senses before rendering judgment." As they continued to argue Solomon fought back by beating him with the whip used on slaves, and that same evening Solomon was hung by a noose and remained there for over 48 hours. When his owner arrived, he was released, but for Solomon 's livelihood, he decided it would be best to transfer his debt to another proprietor. Once he was moved this is when he officially was treated as property only and worked day in and day out. Growing up, my mother stressed how vital receiving an education was. Stating that your education is something that you possess. It is for you to uphold knowledge and want to obtain as much as possible. My generation seems to lack drive for education. Society then proceeds to assume that that mindset is ignorant. Ignorance is the lack of knowledge, but not all in my generation do not strive for greatness. It amazes me that African Americans as a race may obtain the same knowledge or higher yet still be discriminated against or treated as if they are incompetent. Parents
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