himself as a king. The sights and sounds of his native land and the free life he had once led among
his people are vividly recalled by the slave.
‘The Slave’s Dream’ portrays the lost dreams and ambitions of a slave. The slave is
captivated by the images of his family and native land. Holding his sickle in hand, the slave lies in
the field, bare-breasted, his matted hair covered by sand.
Along the stretch of scenery of his dreams, the river Niger flows regally. He imagines
himself to be a king, no more bound to the shackles of slavery, but free to do whatever he wishes.
He strides majestically over the plains lined by palm trees. The slave is so empowered by his
dream, that he visualizes himself in a land where he is an individual not just a slave.
The images of his family bring a tear to his eye. Like a king he rides his stallion in search
of adventures. The lion’s roar, the hyena’s scream and the grunt of the hippopotamus sound like a
glorious roll of drums to his ears. The sound from the forest and the desert introduces ideas of
wildness and liberty in his mind. As he finally gasps for his last breath, he smiles in ‘tempestuous
The recollections are so strong that his abject slavery and shameful death hardly trouble
him. ‘The Slaves Dream’ is celebration of liberty and dignity. No master can deprive his slave of
his liberty to dream. As the driver whips the slave, as the sun beats heavily on his body, the slave
lies motionless as his soul has broken away from the fetters of his body. Death illumines his land
of sleep as death has saved him from the miseries of life.