Slave revolt comparrison of La Amistad and Benito Cereno

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Nicole C. Benito Cereno In Benito Cereno, Herman Melville wrote about how a group of Africans revolted on the ship that was taking them to South America to become slaves. The slaves revolted and killed many sailors and were trying to guide the ship back to their home country, but how often did that happen in real life? Herman Melville must have gotten his inspiration from somewhere. Around the time that Benito Cereno was written, the slave trade ship La Amistad was sailing around. Throughout history, slave revolts were very common on ships. Slave ships during the 15th century through the 19th century became the arenas of fighting spirits and strong will for captive Africans. Their hope for survival made…show more content…
Captain Aranda was accustomed to letting his slaves roam freely without chains and sleep on the deck at night. But no matter how good the conditions were, the slaves knew that where they were heading, it wasn’t going to be good at all. Babo, knew what was in store and decided to do something about it. One night, at about three in the morning, the slaves revolted, killing most of the Spaniards on board. Cereno recalls that in the ensuing days, the slaves plotted over whether or not to kill the remaining Spaniards. They decided to kill Aranda, whose death would ensure their liberty. Aranda was killed on the deck in front of the whole company as a warning, and then his body was taken down into the hold. Delano comes on board. Babo, pretending to be an especially solicitous slave, would be in a position to overhear everything Cereno and Delano might say to one another; meanwhile, he would have a dagger at Cereno 's back at all times. He also invented the show of presenting Atufal in chains, which could be dropped at any moment, and idea of having the Ashantis sharpen their hatchets as though busy at work, when in fact they were at the ready to kill Delano or Cereno. At first, Babo seemed successful. The captain of the American ship, Amasa Delano, visited the San Dominick. He suspected nothing, although surprised by the general disorder on board. He also could not understand the

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