Study Guide for 103A

Study Guide for 103A - Thematic Elements In English 103A...

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Humanization of Slaves and Dehumanization of Slave Owners & Overseers o Fredrick Douglass His arduous journey to educate himself and escape enslavement underscores the humanity that exists underneath all abuse suffered by slavers and the potential which is a threat to slavers o White slave owners separate child from mother to prevent maternal connection, destroys notion of “family” o Slaves = Commodity o Murder of slaves, death of Demby at hands of Gore o Prevention of Douglass’ education by Mr. Auld and eventually Mrs. Auld, fear of empowering blacks o “City Slaves” vs “Country Slaves” Different treatment o Power of slavery, dehumanizes Mrs. Auld o Contradictory nature of morality within a white religious context Importance of Identity Refusal of whites to accept a reality of their actions o Dehumanization of slaves in order to justify their behaviors, o Benito Cereno Reversal of slave/master role Underscores intelligence of slaves
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