American slaveholders dehumanized slaves through both psychological stress and physical forms of brutality. Despite the ambiguity in brutality, as this relative term can be perceived differently by different cultures’ tolerance to pain, slave holders attachment and monitoring of their slaves became an overwhelming obsession. The slaveholders’ continual micromanagement and overbearing obsession always left the slaves at fault. In “Dancing for Eels,” in Raising Cain: Blackface performance from Jim Crow to Hip Hop, by W.T. Lhamon, he informed the readers about the “ Great Negro Plot”.
Some were enslaved through military means, with the European slave traders bribing rival tribes to fight each other and bring them a quota of slaves from the losing tribe. Other means of enslavement were non-military. Slavers could have merely tricked the Africans into coming with them, using money or other goods as a ruse for bringing them onto the ships. Lastly, the Europeans and Africans both participated in kidnappings as a means of enslaving other Africans (New York Public Library). It was a torturous way of turning coun... ... middle of paper ... ...tities, these slaves would be a nobody, in most cases getting new names from their masters or being referred to by number (if they were branded).
The aggressive language is used to characterize to the readers how heartless and monstrous the slaveholders were, as he believed they wanted to rip apart families with selfish intent. It is obvious Douglass feels a burning sensation of hatred towards his past owners due to the harsh mistreatment of him. By using diction, he is able to project his emotions onto the readers, and inform them of the people who are driven by greed, of the people he called
Many people believed they were free from the torturous lives of others, but they slipped into the chains of masters. In the 1800s, free Africans used to be captured and sold to masters. When the victims explained how they were free, they still had their rights of freedom denied and the masters forced them to work. Acts of trickery in the kidnapping of free African Americans and putting them into slavery left families broken and more people beaten and killed. Men kidnapped free African Americans through many loopholes and lies.
It is prudent to speak here to the inhumane way in which the slaves were transported during this first leg of the journey. The trading of slaves was very lucrative for the Europeans. As it goes in business, the higher the demand, the larger the quantities supplied. All the slaves were branded to show to whom they belonged, and the male slaves were shackled together and packed in the hole like sardines, while the women and children were sometimes allowed to stay on deck. Any acts of aggression by the men or women resulted in severe beatings to discourage the behavior.
However, he wanted the power and wished to be called master by his slaves (Douglass, p. 76~77). He became a cruel man from possessing all of his wife’s slaves and becoming a slaveholder. He had to be cruel to be looked like a powerful slavehol... ... middle of paper ... ...out his master and mistress who were brutalized. He just wrote about his lifetime stories, so it’s not easy to find out actually how and why slaveholders were changed by slavery. I thought it was because of the power or the fear they got from becoming slaveholders or maybe both the power and the fear were the reasons, because we can say that the fear made slaveholders want the power.
The books use two different styles to convey a similar story of despair in which supposedly loving Christians dehumanized and tortured their own human brothers. Slavery was run by the greed of the large plantation owners of the South. The overwhelming desire to continually gain wealth led slave owners to forger their wholesome Christian values, and take up habits that could only bolster their profits regardless of the harm it brought to slaves. Most of these habits were to break or dehumanize slaves. One common practice was to not allow slaves to know their ages.
Through the depictions of Mrs. Auld, Mr. Covey and Mr. Hopkins, Douglass shows the negative effects slavery possess over the actions of slave owners. The brutal slaveholders not only ruin their own character, but also harms the slaves. The unhappy environment slaves are subjected to live under results in crushed spirits and dreams. Douglass uses his experiences to show that man attains happiness when he becomes his own master.
This meant that these bastard children were slaves despite their paternal heritage because their mother was a slave. The effect of this revelation was to shock and offend the morals of the conservative northern whites. Northern society scorned people in adulterous and interracial relationships. By portraying these Southerners as immoral and adulterous, Douglass wanted to cultivate in his audience a damaging opinion of southern slaveholders (Quarles ix). Continuing with the theme o... ... middle of paper ... ...streated and punished their slaves, and how they used religion as an excuse to legitimize their immoral actions.
In the well-written narrative The Life of Fredrick Douglass, the author, and former slave known as Fredrick Douglass, uses multiple examples of brutal whippings and severe punishments to describe the terrible conditions that African American slaves faced in the south. Douglass’s purpose for writing this narrative was to show the physical and emotional pain that slaves had to endure from their owners. According to Fredrick Douglass, “adopted slaveholders are the worst” and he proves his point with his anecdotes from when he was a slave; moreover, slave owners through marriage weren’t used to the rules of slaveholding so they acted tougher. He also proves that Christian slave owners weren’t always holier, they too showed no mercy towards their slaves and Douglass considered them religious hypocrites. Like most southern slave owners Thomas Auld was a cruel master who always disciplined his slaves for their wrong doings.