Different types of freedom
by Frederick Douglass – He writes “Ye millions of free and loyal men who have earnestly sought to
free your bleeding country from the dreadful ravages of revolution and anarchy, lift up now your voices with joy and thanksgiving for with freedom to the slave will
come peace and safety to your country.”
This talks about freedom in the sense of slavery.
He is implying that the end of slavery will be better for everyone.
by Marjane Satrapi – Marji says “We didn’t really like to wear the veil, especially since we didn’t understand and why we had to.” She is talking about
freedom from her government because they make her wear a veil and they separated her from her male friends.
The Story of an Hour
by Kate Chopin –
Josephine says “There would be no one to live for her during those coming years; she would live for herself.
There would be no powerful will bending hers in
that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature.”
This depicts the freedom that
Josephine is experiencing when she finds out her husband has died.
She realizes that she is free to do whatever she wants without having to worry about
upsetting her husband.
How slave narratives compare to the white man’s burden
The White Man’s Burden
by Rudyard Kipling – The poem basically states that the white man’s
burden is that they have a responsibility, given to them by God (manifest destiny), to introduce the black man to civilized society through means of slavery and
According to Kipling’s work, slaver owners thought of their slaves as children, whom they were responsible for.
Although they thought of them as
children, they treated them like animals.
The Life of Olaudah Equiano
by Olaudah Equiano – Equiano states “And sure enough, soon after we landed, there
came to us Africans of all languages.
We were conducted immediately to the merchant’s yard, where we were all pent up together, like so many sheep in a fold,
without regard to sex or age.” This quote affirms the idea that slaves were treated like animals that could be herded into groups.
by Aphra Behn –
The narrator states “He had learned to take tobacco, and when he was assured he should die, he desired they would give him a pipe in his mouth, ready lighted,
which they did, and the executioner came, and first cut off his members, and threw them into the fire.
After that, with an ill-favored knife, they cut his ears, and
his nose, and burned them; he still smoked on, as if nothing had touched him.”
This quote depicts the total lack of respect the slave owners had for the life of
In Oroonoko’s case, he was considered a rebel that must be exterminated.
The History of Mary Prince, A West Indian Slave, Related by Herself
by Mary Prince – Prince states “There is no modesty or decency shown by the owner to his slaves; men, women, and children are exposed alike.