Benito Cereno by Herman Melville and Charlotte Temple by Susanna Rowson

1736 Words Feb 17th, 2018 7 Pages
The value of the interpretation that that story reveals is seldom told. Stories can be seen interpreted through multiple viewpoints. What one person may accept as right, may not always been seen through the perspective of somebody else. We base our judgments on our own perception of the world, but not everybody has a fundamentally similar view of the world as we do. In the story Benito Cereno by Herman Melville, the different cases in the situation can be seen. It starts out when a sailor by the name of Amass Delano encounters a beaten down ship full of African slaves. Having no knowledge about why the ship ended up in the condition it did, he had already begun forming his take on the situation.
As a reader in modern days and times, societal views influence a biased perspective on the view of slavery. It is understood that the slaves are human beings and do not deserve to suffer. They deserve their freedom and their own set of rights, just like anybody else does; but back in the days and times of slavery, the perspective was different. They had a fundamentally different view of slavery. The way we perceive slavery with negative connotations, they perceive it with positive ones.
Back then, people believed that the Africans were born to be servants. They wanted nothing more than serve the white man. They were born to be obedient and to be…