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The Life of the Slave

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Bliss Hardy Hardy 1 Mrs. Paddy Garrett Interpreting Literature 16 February 2011 The Life of the Slave "They are deceived who flatter themselves that the ignorant and debased slave has no conception of the magnitude of his wrongs. They are deceived who imagine that he arises from his knees, with back lacerated and bleeding, cherishing only a spirit of meekness and forgiveness. A day may come----it will come, if his prayer is heard----a terrible day of vengeance, when the master in his turn will cry in vain for mercy." The master's blinded eyes and looks of askance upon that of his slave. His well-worn and penetrated whip of which piercing tips tear into the soft skin of the slave-worker invading the epidermis even further to the dermis followed by the yelps and pleas of the vulnerable being. The care-taker of the captured human was an benighted, controlling master that demanded respect and his demands were sometimes unreasonable. Any wretched demeanor, was chastised and the severity of the punishment depended on the action or verbal done. Of course it wasn't always something horrible done that was punished but just that they were unworthy slaves made them have to submit to their master's cruel authority and floggings. ...read more.

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He had no promise of ever seeing his family or house again. His future was always up in the air with no certainty of tomorrow or even of that day. His life was at stake every minute of the day with a constant anxious feeling and worries for the safety of his family. He was sold from one master to the next and with every pay came the new face of his master. Some nice, some mean. After his name was brought into slavery there was no turning back. This was his future. His lashes, his new family, and even his grave stone lie here. The dreams of being set free were always there, nonetheless, and the thoughts of escaping were diminishing. Whether good or bad master his life was not his own any more, and his privileges were few or none. He was now and forever a puppet tied to strings and manipulated by anyone that took reign of the strings. The United States Of America is the land of opportunity and most of all liberty. Liberty is the freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control. Liberty is independence. The Declaration of Independence caries its definition in its name. ...read more.

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Any event they didn't have to work for they were happy to make their acquaintance with. But it wasn't such a great anticipation as one with his own family that he chose to go to. No event in slavery could bring back the true happiness he once possessed. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." As Martin Luther stated in this quote all men should be created equal no matter what the race, religion, etc. Slavery took the rights from the colored people which shows that they are not for equality leading further to be against the Bible. For God created all men alike and treats everyone the same. Only God's slavery could take the twisted minds of the masters and change them. God has enslaved many people by his mercy and grace, for none of us are worthy, but still have the choice of being a slave unto God or being a slave unto the world. For where God comes from there is always Hardy 4 life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 ...read more.

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