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Cuascut 1 Kianna Cuascut FMS 120-04 Amanda Byran Word Count: 435 The Truth is like both sides of the Sea Fred D’aguiar, author of Feeding the Ghost, makes many mentions of the slaves aboard the Zong! ’s mental state many time without ever making a trip into the slave’s mind. This is all achieved through his choice of words when describing the sea that the voyage is made across. “but the tide had been out showing only one side of the sea. Its good side. A sea on its best behavior…” (p.52). On a basic level, the sea is representing itself during a calm day. By saying the sea was showing its “good side” was to say that the waves did not crash against the ship. The term gives off the tone of a bright day with no problems to heed their journey. However, a deeper look into the words can be compared to the mental state of the slaves in the ship. “A sea on its best behavior…” represents the slaves that have given up their fight. They have witnessed the white man throwing their people overboard with no reasoning. So they begin to get quiet and act
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