Essay on 12 Years A Slave By Solomon Northup

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12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave is definitely not a Disney film and in no way is it glossed over. It’s not a movie with lavish costumes, grand Southern balls or even a war time love story. It is simply one man’s story about his time as a slave and the physical and emotional abuse suffered at the hands of his "owners." 12 Years a Slave is based on the memoir of the same name by Solomon Northup, a black man who was born free but was kidnapped and forced into slavery for 12 years of his life. Solomon a violinist by trade lives as a free man with his wife and children in Saratoga, NY. One day when his wife and children are away from home, two men approach Solomon and tell him that they have a great opportunity for him playing the violin in Washington. Solomon is then tricked by the men and sold into slavery. Initially incredulous to his situation, he decides that cooperation is the best way to survive. He sees few others in the same situation as him, but slowly he is separated from those with who he has built support. This process continues over his life as a slave, as he is at the mercy of whomever his master at the time and his master 's associates who think only of their own priorities. Solomon undergoes much hardship for the next 12 years of his life, separated from his family and treated with little respect. The film did reinforce my thoughts about slavery and I also learned a lot as a result of the film. Slavery is a despicable phenomenon that no one should…

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