Essay about Slave Narrative Comparison (Douglass and Morrison)

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Alysha McFall @02640589 Humanities I Paper Due: Feb. 18 Douglass/ Beloved Slave narratives are published diaries of the different experiences slaves undergo while enslaved. They can be written in many different styles and from extremely different points of view. Although they are all slaves, they all have different experiences on their plantations either better or worse. The Narrative of Fredrick Douglass: an American Slave was written by Fredrick Douglass in a chronological style. He went from childhood to present and basically told a story about his life. Beloved by Toni Morrison, is a factual novel that tells the story of a slave by using flashbacks, or re-memories, because the main character is not a slave in the present…show more content…
During his early childhood, he was separated from his mother because his master did not want either one of them having an emotional connection to each other. Later on, his master died and his new owner put his grandmother up in a hut to rot until her death, instead of freeing her. Because of his constant separation from his family, it was very hard for him to get close to people because he always knew in the back of his mind that they would only be forced to separate. Detachment among family is a life-changing event and can really make people lonely. In both stories, the audience can see that the masters never really think about how the way they treat their slaves might be affecting them as a person. The way slave owners “discipline” their slaves is also a huge issue that affected the slaves’ overall emotional state, as well as the way the masters are “punished” for their wrong doings. In Beloved, Sethe was whipped, almost to death, by School Teacher’s nephews because she told him that his nephews had been treating her poorly. Neither of the boys ever received punishment for this deed. This novel does not have very many punishment scenarios and it is not a big theme in this book. School Teachers opinion of discipline is very different form Mr. Garner’s, the Sweet Home master. Mr. Garner said you have to give your slaves respect and they respect you back, he even considered their opinion in many of his
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