No matter what you believe about Equiano's own Christian piety, there is no question that his religious conversion (at the very least) gave him a type of freedom of tranquility that was as vital to his heart, as his own manumission from slavery brought him. Just as Equiano himself mentions about his life and all the events that occurred in it; " what makes any event important, unless by its observation we become better and wiser, and learn to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly before God?'" (Equiano, 253) Bibliography Equiano, Olaudah. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano. Edited by Angelo Costanzo.
As Christians, how should they have felt had they been denied their right to practice religion and believe in their god? What would they do if the country they so loved chained them to a life of servitude? Finally, what would all the work to support a family and desire for self-improvement have accomplished if it only benefited a master, but not a wife and children? Douglass deliberately addresses those aspects of life that mean the most to his audience because in doing so he is sure to gain the listeners’ full attention and consideration of the immorality of slavery.
The slaves focus on the messages and themes in the Bible that calm their emotions and bring them hope and joy, and they practice religion for themselves instead of being forced to attend church because it is a tradition, like some individuals and children in the South. When bargaining over the price of Uncle Tom, Haley attests that he has seen this pious nature in slaves “as often as any, your rail softly, quiet, stiddy, honest, pious, that the hull world couldn’t tempt ‘em to do nothing that they thinks is wrong”. He relates this religious, honest nature in Uncle Tom to slaves in general, explicitly showing the difference in religious views and faith between Southerners and slaves. Again when trying to persuade Augustine St. Clare to obtain Uncle Tom as a slave of his own, Haley proclaims that he “can show recommends from [Tom’s] master and the others to prove that [Uncle Tom] is one of your real pious – the most humble, praying pious critter ye ever did see…he’s been called a preacher in them parts he came from”. Instead of a self-righteous proclaiming religious individual, Uncle Tom comes across as a modest and sincere individual who views religion as a
Frederick Douglass admits to practicing of what is the "true" version of religion and the whites who openly oppose slavery. On the other hand, slave masters or remaining whites have flipped the purpose of Christianity and molded it into hypocrisy where it has become a bastardization of the true ideals behind genuine Christian thoughts. The reader gets the gist of the story that slavery and true Christianity are oppos... ... middle of paper ... ...whipping or execution, but in the end he still striven for the education that he wanted. Douglass' passion for learning helped him survive through most of the horrible times that he had to endure, and in the end that reward paid off. He hoped by writing his own narrative, that novel would open up the eyes of the people around him to the harshness of the slavery that took place before his very eyes.
Through their bondage and suffering in slavery, blacks were able to adapt to the religion of their oppressors, adjust their own religious milieus of their African culture to the typically European religion of Christianity, and overcome their oppression by creating a Christian theology that they could call their own at a time when it was needed most. Cone and Wilmore show that this was no easy task yet the slaves were able to do it thanks to the adaptability and creativity, which Albert Raboteau says, was so crucial.
The St. Clare estate is another example of how slaves internalize the character of their master. For example, Dolph, St. Clare’s slave, is not particularly malicious, but he does reflect St. Clare’s lazy, over indulgent, and pampered ways. Eva, St. Clare’s daughter, however, tries to teach the slaves to be Christian. Even as she is dying, she implores them to turn to God, and the slaves accept her genuine determination and kindness. Tom especially becomes more religious because of Eva as he internalizes her values and religious
Contrast is most prominently used in Uncle Tom's Cabin to illustrate the parallel between slavery and Christian values. Religion's role demonstrates a source of hope for slaves, and contributes an ethical struggle to the theme of the story. Faith is depicted for the Negroes as their sole possession, their only hope in a country so readily accepting of their anguish. The representation of Negro faith is through protagonist Uncle Tom, an ethical man who surrenders himself, after the opportunity to escape, so that his profit may help his master. Ever trusting in the Lord, he is assured that he will always be protected.
Viewed as a "bad slave," Douglass was sent to Mr. Covey's plantation. Covey was ... ... middle of paper ... ...eated. Douglass made poignant points about manhood, Christianity and literacy that helped the freedom bells ring for all mankind. He did so in a peaceful and Christian manner that was exemplary and repeated in later years by civil rights activist Martin Luther King.
People like the Nationalists, Segregationists, and the privileged were, of course, against this movement. However, the "ethic of love" substantiated to be a great tool of integrationism and non-violent resistance that permitted the oppressed to have understanding and acceptance for the oppressor. King’s ethic of love was based on of his Christian beliefs and the epitomes of Ghandi. Luke chapter 6:27-36 of the Holy Bible states: "But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also.
He later made a successful escape in 1838. Frederick’s life as a slave had the greatest impact on his writings. Through slavery, he was able to develop the necessary emotion and experiences for him to become a successful abolitionist writer. He grew up as a slave, experiencing all of the hardships that are included, such as whippings, scarce meals, and other harsh treatment. His thirst for freedom , and his burning hatred of slavery caused him to write Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, and other similar biographies.