12 Years A Slave: The Inhumane Tale Of Human Slavery

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12 Years a Slave: The Inhumane Tale of Human Slavery
12 years a slave is the movie situated in the troubled and morally derogated enslaved South of the first half of 19th century. The movie captures the cancer of slavery which prevailed in the fertile plantations of the South from the original and authentic narrative of slave himself. The 12 years a slave is the story of the freedom, bondage and emancipation of Solomon Northup and sheds light on his struggles to achieve freedom, an inherent human right. Also, the movie unfolds the accounts of racism, white supremacy and how the patterns of racism were substantiated by slavery and vice versa. The curse of slavery is depicted in the antebellum plantations and locations where the bonded labor served the worst days of their life. The movie highlights the behavior and character of slave owners and infers that the slavery was not only a curse for the slaves, but also for the slave owners. The price of freedom, a
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Unlike Ford, Epps (the second owner of Northup) maltreats his slaves and is a sadist in nature. Even with his ruined cotton crop and attack of cotton worms, Epps beats and dehumanizes the slaves in the name of pride and prejudice. Northup’s explanation that he is a free man does not convince Epps of his identity and he becomes more brutal and strict in his treatment of Northup. The only breeze of happiness in Northup’s enslaved life comes when he plays the violin at a wedding allowed by Judge Turner. Despite the fact that Northup earns money from playing at that wedding, but the true essence of this activity is its association with his liberated life. Finally, with the help of his friend, Solomon is emancipated through the intervention of local authorities. The irony is that even the local authority personnel asked for a proof of his freedom other than being human and being

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