In the eyes of the slave master, a slave that responds in defense to themselves is a slave that is challenging them, and this is unacceptable. There have been a number of times that Solomon has stood up for his word against a white man, and each time he fought his way out of a beating. During Solomon's time living at his first slave master's residence, there was an instance where he actually took the whip from a white man he was in an argument with, and proceeded to beat him to the ground. This is an extreme form of slave rebellion. All in all, I believe that 12 Years a Slave was a striking film that exposed many of the important, underlying details of slavery.
The two whites had seven years added to their service but the African was enslaved for life. As time goes on, the idea of Ethnocentrism begins to snowball until Africans are stripped of all human rights and become pieces of property. By 1700 most slaves are men, however some women begin to be brought over and self-sustaining supply of slaves begins to emerge. At this time the south begins t... ... middle of paper ... ...tific Slavery, which said that slaves where closer to apes by measuring the shape of their heads to prove that they weren't very knowledgeable. Southerners also said that being one of their slaves was better than being a wage slave to Northern Factories because Southern slave owners would take care of their slaves into old age and sickness.
The book 12 Years a Slave follows the story of Solomon Northup, a free man that was sold into slavery in 1841. The work describes his inner most thoughts and feelings as he finds himself being beaten and forced to work. He is given a new name that robs him of his identity and pushes him to forget about his freedom in New York as well as the family that he left behind. The book discusses the depth of slavery and what went on in Solomon’s twelve years of entrapment. It also explores the lives of other slaves and how they were treated by their masters.
For Example, some black women were called “breeder slaves” and their slaveholders would rape them and keep the child as a slave. This was an excellent book that showed what pain Douglass and many other slaves were put through. Slavery is inhumane and caused great suffering for so many African Americans. Douglass was very brave to stand up to one of his masters and run away to get his freedom while knowing that he would suffer a terrible death if he was ever caught.
Epps wife is merely using what little power she has to push around another individual. Twelve years a slave tells the story of slavery from the viewpoint of those who were the ones that suffered the most. It is undoubtedly true that a hierarchy exist and two things were made clear that the white master is in charge and on top and at the bottom are African American women who are left at the mercy of a their owners to do as they please. African American women were abused in so many ways not only did they have to work in he fields all day they were constantly threatened with rape, physical punishment, psychological punishment and at times had their children taken away from
The whites depict themselves to be the “masters” of the universe, they hold the intelligence because they hold capitalistic and authoritative beliefs. However a slave was able to analyze the task at hand and complete the job of an engineer. There were many scenes throughout the course of the film that bring out the aspects of how powerful and brutal slavery was on the blacks. One particular scene about mid-way through the movie where Solomon (Platt) was ordered to whip the fellow woman slave, Patsey for leaving the plantation to get soap. Platt refuses but eventually his master forces him to strike her.
As the overseers look over the slaves in disdain as they laboured in the hot scorching sun, the film “12 Years a Slave” begins with a group of black slaves working hard in the field, a time in American history considered to be inhumane, abhorrent and perhaps taboo considering the manner in which people were treated. The movie tells of the story of a freed black man sold into the crippling bondages of slavery and later emancipated after twelve long years. The movie was directed by Steve McQueen based on a true story by a man named Solomon Northup. The protagonist of the story, Solomon Northup played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, is a man who was sold into slavery after being drugged and tricked into believing he would be working with a group of travelling performers. The once freed man had been shackled down and imprisoned by his open trustworthiness to strangers.
Patsey was a female slave of Mr. Epps, who Mistress Epps hated with every bone in her body. Mistress Epps often ordered Patsey to be beaten for the simplest reasons. Women on slave plantations often got double the abuse and morale damning than their male counterparts. As described in Eric Forner’s text, Give Me Liberty, some women slaves would kill their own children in order to save them from slavery (486). The psychological impacts that each and every party went through in the early nineteenth century is something only those involved could
The two men offered Northup a job with incredible wage to travel with the circus to perform various musical shows. He accepts, they drug him, and sell him into slavery. He was sold at auction in New Orleans, and Northup tells in great detail of the ship ride there where he and several other enslaved blacks contracted smallpox and one died. This is when the story begins its downward spiral and the cruelty and abuse to Northup only ge... ... middle of paper ... ...egins to get discouraged and loses hope of ever getting rescued until he is found and liberated by Henry B. Northup, a member of the same white family that his father had served years before. An official state agent was sent to Louisiana to reclaim Northup, and he was successful through a number of coincidences.
Being transported out of the cruel Caribbean lands to be enslaved upon American soil, such as the Chesapeake and Virginia areas, and crops under just as harsh authoritative figures. 12 Years A Slave is an actual accounting of how slaves were in such high demand they would take a legally free African American, abduct him or her, and force them into slavery suffrage where many fought those who claimed to have authority over them when they, in the eyes of the law, had none. As was the case of Northrup when he wrote in his autobiography of his abduction and eventually his salvation when Wilson stated that his being a free man was “corroborated by abundant evidence” and eventually sent home, because in the end, not even the most powerful slave holder in the young Americas had authority over