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The language of slavery

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The language of slavery Zilai Li ENGL 198G 04/16/06 Slave’s narrative as history and literature gets a lot of public’s attention and is published and sold well. From Introduction: the language of slavery , the author emphasizes that people tell history in their own favor instead of reveal the truth. The light this piece sheds is the difference between what happened and what is said to be happened. Double standard exists in historical texts because they are mostly produced by slave masters. The slave masters tired to find “bias in the text and objectivity in that of masters.” (12) Therefore, the history about slave is no longer accurate. When these free human beings wrote about slavery, the changed the nature of the slave’s narrative, which were written or told by slaves from own view and experiences. The reason is simply
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Unformatted text preview: because free human beings “doesn’t, and cannot, look form the same point from which the slave does.” (13) They never felt the pain and suffered as much as slaves did, so they changed the history into their own favor because blacks could not write it. The foundation to write slave’s narrative should be based on slaves themselves Slave’s narrative is the record of black’s development and autobiography. However, the true narratives have been lost because the slaves’ voice had been shut off by their masters. Power chanced the accuracy of slave’s narratives. Though today blacks have their freedom and are able to writes their own texts, the narrative during the period of slavery has been lost....
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