Diamond BattleProfessor BeasleyEnglish 2030November 8, 2017The two novels being discussed is Douglass’sNarrativeand Sinclair’s The Jungle. Douglass and Sinclair, attack how the owning class's dehumanization of slaves and workers by denying education to suppress knowledge, not allowing any influence and power in society, and encouraging alcoholism to create false hope.One method that the owning class used to dehumanize the slaves and workers is by denying them education to suppress their knowledge. Quoted in Douglass’s Narrative, “‘Learning would spoil the best nigger in the world. Now," said he, "if you teach that niggerhow to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master. As to himself, it could do him no good, but a great deal of harm. It would make him discontent and unhappy.’” By Mr.Auld, stating this, shows how the slaveholders had not only physical control over the slaves, but also mental, emotional, and social control. As stated, if the slaves were to gain knowledge “he would become unmanageable”, this would cause the slave become disobedient and the slaveholder would then lose power. Douglass continued, “These words sank deep into my heart, stirred up sentiments within that lay slumbering, and called into existence an entirely new train of thought. It was a new and special revelation, explaining dark and mysterious things, with which my youthful understanding had struggled, but struggled in vain. I now understood what had been to me a most perplexing difficulty--to wit, the white man's power to enslave the black man.” This isthe moment Douglass realizes how slaveholders suppress his people to keep them from rebelling.
He realizes that the slaveholders only had power over the slaves if they keep them from being educated. Douglass took his knowledge from Mr. Auld and began his own schooling. As far as, Sinclair’s The Jungle, the owning class used a different, but similar tactic to deny the workers education. Due to wages being low, the workers struggled to provide for their families. By being