The Slave Auction

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The Slave Auction Analysis Imagine being ripped from your mother’s chest at a young age knowing you’ll never see her again. Listen to the screams of the little children around you as you hold on to your lover’s hand for dear life praying to every god imaginable that you two won’t be ripped apart.-- “I got a nice wench starting at 800”.-- Your grasp gets tighter as they examine you from head to toe. The bids are getting higher and higher, tears stroll down your face. You look at the stone cold face of your master who is unmoved by the horrible events happening. --“And she’s sold!!!” -- You gaze into your masters eyes and silently scream why. You kick and scream refusing to let your lover’s hand go as your new owner tries to carry you…show more content…
“Ye who have laid your loved to rest, And wept above their lifeless clay, Know not the anguish of that breast, Whose loved are rudely torn away. Ye may not know how desolate Are bosoms rudely forced to part, And how a dull and heavy weight Will press the life-drops from the heart.” In the last two stanzas, Harper makes a point in telling the reader that they will never truly understand the horrors of what happened. She is basically saying that it is horrible experience and many cannot relate. Compared to The Slave Auction, the poem The Slave Mother has a very different tone. At first the poem starts off sad but then it turns into a voice of rage and resistance. Instead of making the reader feel sorry for the slave mother, Harper strikes the nerve of anger. This poem has a lot of repetition, especially in stanzas five and six.: He is not hers, although she bore For him a mother’s pains; He is not hers, although her blood Is coursing through his veins! He is not hers, for cruel hands May rudely tear apart The only wreath of household love That binds her breaking heart. (Gates,McKay) For the beginning lines of the stanzas five and six, it starts off with “He is not hers...” and it gives Valid points of why he should be her child and not her master’s. In stanzas five and six you can hear the anger in her tone and the vocabulary. She uses words like: Bore, coursing, cruel, and rude to create
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