12 Years A Slave By Solomon Northup Essay

2574 Words Nov 25th, 2014 11 Pages
In the novel 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, Northup recounts the story of his life through being kidnapped into slavery. It depicts a scene of happiness turned into hell, and all starts when Solomon is tricked into “playing music” with two white con men by the names of Merrill Brown and Abram Hamilton. They take him to the city, where they drug him and sell him off to a slave keeper and thus starts his 12 year excursion through the real life hell of slavery. The story shows all of the terrible things that the slave owners would do, even to a man who was free and stolen into slavery. Just like in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin it showed just how quickly life could change for a free black or a slave living with a nice owner to an overly abusive and controlling one. Life could change on an instant in the life of a free black or a slave, and this novel showed that perfectly. The memoir 12 Years a Slave was an excellent commentary on the life of a slave, how they were treated, and how they were made to think in this time period. The beginning of the novel starts with the life of Solomon Northup, a freeman his whole life, living in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He was going about his normal life, looking around the town for work until he was approached by two men by the names of Merrill Brown and Abram Hamilton. They asked him about his skills on the fiddle, and asked if he would like to join their performances throughout the state, and into the city. He…

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