The institution of American slavery was fraught with many heart wrenching tails of inhuman treatment endured by those of African descent. In his autobiography Frederick Douglass details the daily horrors slaves faced. In Narrative of The Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave he depicts the plight of slavery with such eloquence that only one having suffered through it could do. Douglass writes on many key topics in slave life such as separation of families, punishment, and the truth that would lead him to freedom, and how these things work to keep slavery intact. In the words of Frederick Douglass, “My mother and I were separated when I was only but an infant…It is a common custom, in the part of Maryland from which I ran away, to part children from their mothers at a very early age.” (22) The bond between mother and child was broken before it had chance to form.
Misery of Slavery Exposed in Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beacher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin addresses the issue of slavery in close accordance with the style of Frederick Douglas' narrative. A theme that Stowe impresses strongly upon the reader is the degenerative effects of slavery upon both the slave and the master. Frequently in the novel the issue is raised . Even Mrs. Shelby recognizes the depravity and admits that slavery, "is a bitter, bitter, most accursed thing- a curse to the master and a curse to the slave!"(45). The injustices of slavery are frequently identified in the novel but, of course, the practice is continued.
The characters are used to show that northerners are contributing to the growth of slavery just like the southerners. In Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Uncle Tom is the central figure and he possesses a trait that makes him different from the rest of the characters. Uncle Tom 's faith is his source of strength throughout the novel that helps him through all the suffering, grief, and hardships. Stowe uses Tom to show that if the horrible white slaveholders of the novel were to achieve Tom’s faith of Christianity that slavery would be impossible. Stowe attack the institution of slavery by showing that being a Christian would not allow such cruelty of other human beings despite their color.
Stowe emphasizes that these women had to painf... ... middle of paper ... ...rk is painful, but also enduring a mean master. Lastly Stowe portrays that slavery is wrong by describing the moral qualities in slaves. A good example is Uncle Tom a hardworking, trustworthy, good-hearted man who was sold into slavery (42). Uncle Tom was also a religious man that truly believed in God, and because of his beliefs he obeyed his master, except when it was immoral (507). Though Tom was such a down to earth man, he was still beaten because he didn’t give into his master Legree wrongdoings when he told him to beat a woman (507).
Ever trusting in the Lord, he is assured that he will always be protected. "There'll be the same God there, Chloe, that there is here." (Stowe, 95) His reluctance to renounce his religion ultimately leads to his persecution and death, however his piety remains an inspiration for other slaves. In contrast, for the Caucasian Americans, their religion and Christian values are the source of their struggle to overcome the social norms that oppose their beliefs. Miss Ophelia's character is one that develops greatly throughout her role in the story, ultimately deciding to adopt a Negro child and raise her Christian.
Her narrative focuses on the domestic issues that faced African-American women, she even states, “Slavery is bad for men, but it is far more terrible for women”. Therefore, gender separated the two narratives, and gave each a distinct view toward slavery. Douglass showed “how a slave became a man” in a physical fight with an overseer and the travel to freedom. Jacobs’s gender determined a different course, and how women were affected. Douglass and Jacob’s lives might seem to have moved in different directions, but it is important not to miss the common will that their narratives proclaim of achieving freedom.
Abolitionist Frederick Douglass was the most distinguished and influential black leaders of the nineteenth century. Douglass focused his writings on the harshness and brutality of slavery. He describes in many of his books accounts of his own experiences as a slave. A reader is able to perceive a clear image of slavery through Douglass' words. His writings explain the effects of slavery and the struggle to overthrow it, as well as the condition of free blacks both before and after the Emancipation, the politics of the Civil War, and the failed promise of Reconstruction the followed.
Many economic and political factors lie behind the cause of the American Civil War. Among such causes, the issue of slavery is raised repeatedly. Many men and women sacrificed all that they had in opposition to the evils of slavery. Through these hardships comes the inspiration for such an epic of American literature as Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Her novel, a stirring indictment of slavery, truly captures the scathing realities of life in the south for a black slave.
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.
Dr. Miller, Josh Green, and Jerry, three diverse black characters from The Marrow of Tradition, exhibit different effects of slavery and racism throughout the book. Dr. Miller gets his hard working qualities from his slavery influence, but racism makes him feel inferior. Josh Green, on the other hand, is socially subordinate because of slavery, and the racism makes him extremely violent towards whites. Lastly, Jerry is so influenced by white men that he still thinks he is under their control and conforms to everything they do; racism affects him by making him racist against blacks. The Civil War, though it supposedly ended slavery, monumentally impacted the blacks through racism and the long term consequences of slavery.