Saturday, March 23, 2013
Slavery & Identity
The brutality of slavery has always been evident through the descriptions that we have been given over the past years. However, between the video and Beloved, the struggle that slaves faced really hit home. Slavery for the men as Sweet Home was better off than most slaves had it as Paul D described how lenient Mr. Garner was with them. It's impossible to imagine that the animal parallel drawn between the slaves and the men of sweet home was mild compared to the rest. Paul D makes the reader realize that they identity/dignity had been stripped to the extent that on paper they had no true value. This concept is seen earlier as Baby Suggs is indifferent to the fact that her son had bought her freedom. After years of having her identity eroded, Baby Suggs believed she had nothing left to live for.