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The Dark And Seldom Discussed Crudeness Of Slavery Essay

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The dark and seldom discussed crudeness of slavery is often masked by euphemisms to avoid expressing the true damage it inflicts. This veil is lifted as Toni Morrison successfully attempts to inform readers in realistic detail of the animal like treatment that the black population endured in her novel, Beloved. Through explicit scenes of abuse as well as character recollections of memories once locked away, audiences are given an insight into the torture that convinced black slaves that they were nothing more than animals. Firstly, schoolteacher ensures that future generations continue the white racist agenda of ridding the black population of their human traits. Secondly, the inhumane treatment of slaves by the white masters is returned through animal like behavior. Finally, the suffering endured at Sweet Home challenged the slaves’ most valued qualities. The dehumanizing treatment of slaves leads to the deterioration of their identities. The white slave owner at Sweet Home, schoolteacher, makes a point to pass on racist outlooks to the future generation of slave owners, divesting the black population of any sense of humanity. Through comparative analysis, schoolteacher lectures his nephews on the similarities between animals and black slaves. He instructs them to determine the resemblances in the following quotation: “No, no. That’s not the way. I told you to put her human characteristics on the left; her animal ones on the right. And don’t forget to line
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