Analysis Of The Book 12 Years A Slave By Solomon Northup Essay

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The book 12 Years a Slave, written by Solomon Northup has been widely accepted by scholars as an accurate representation of slavery. The book has proven to be the holy grail for slavery historians, due to the fact that Solomon reported every detail without bias. This book later inspired the director, Steve McQueen, to make the award winning movie, 12 Years a Slave. Steve McQueen is a director dedicated to accuracy, and was quoted on saying, "It was basically telling the truth about a certain time in history" (Raab). Likewise, Solomon Northup was quoted in his memoir stating," This is no fiction, no exaggeration." While both Solomon and McQueen aim to tell the truth of slavery, the differences in the movie, cause the movie to create a biased view of slavery when compared to the memoir by Solomon Northup. To begin, it must proven that both Solomon Northup and Steve McQueen 's goals were to reveal the truth about the institution of slavery. Solomon Northup establishes his credibility by stating in his memoir," This is no fiction, no exaggeration." (Northup 321). This shows his purpose is to not include any bias about his account on the institution of slavery. He is also quoted in saying,"...what is in the region of Red River, is truly and faithfully delineated in these pages." (Northup 321). These two quotes show how determined he was to reveal the true history of slavery. Steve McQueen, in an interview, talked about how his movie showed the reality about the era of slavery…

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