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Unformatted text preview: r slaves that are for sale. They are well dressed, neat and educated. They have a “more interesting appearance than common” and are “dressed with great neatness” (page 883). The women are “personal attendants of an amiable and pious lady of New Orleans”, have been “instructed and trained” and taught to read, write and the “truths of religion” (page 883). They have an advantage over the other slaves for sale because they are more appealing in both physical appearance and mental intelligence. Due to this advantage, Susan worries deeply about her daughter’s fate in the auction that will be taking place in the near future. Since her daughter is more handsome compared to the other girls, she is worried that she will be bought solely for her appearance, being taken advantage of and possibly being abused. Due to this, Susan instructs her daughter to brush back all of her hair, in order to attract more “respectable families” (page 884). Along with this, her mother tells Emmeline to “always remember how you’ve been brought up” and to remember, “if you’re faithful to the Lord, he’ll be faithful to you” (page 884). Although Susan tells her daughter this, she worries for Emmeline because she will have no protection and that any man, however vile and brutal, however godless and merciless, if he only has money to pay for her, may become owner of her daughter, body and soul; and then, how is the child to be faithful?” (page 884). Through this line, the audience can sense the helplessness that Susan experiences when she worries about the person that will buy her daughter. 11. Simon Legree owns a cotton plantation on the Red river and is the owner of both Susan’s daughter and Tom. He purchased eight slaves at the auction and was described as a “bullet ­head” during bidding (page 887). Throughout the scene, Mr. Legree is characterized as an extremely ill tempered individual, treating the slaves with no mercy. He is against the slaves having their own religion and tells them, “I’m your church now! You understand – you’ve got to be as I say” (page 889). He strips the slaves from any right or freedom that they deserved, treating them extremely unjustly and aggressively. Simon Legree stomps his foot at every pause he takes, inflicting fear upon the slaves while yelling at them, saying, “Ye won’t find no soft spot in me, nowhere. So, now, mind yerselves; for I don’t show no mercy!” (page 890). Through his statements and his merciless aggression, Simon Legree is described as the worst master a slave could have. Due to this description, Legree represents pure evil and the exact reason why slavery should have been abolished. He represents the worst example of what a slave owner was and could have been....
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