Black Thunder, By Arna Bontemps, And Django Unchained Directed By Quentin Tarantino

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There is a common accepted historical narrative that portrays the antebellum era as one fraught with prominent, white figures who owned slaves who were subservient and complacent. This commonly accepted notion of what slavery was like depicts slaves as individuals who simply accepted their fate and did not opt to exercise any form of agency. This notion that slaves did not try to actively resist the confines of slavery is untrue and is illustrated by the work Kindred by Octavia Butler, Black Thunder by Arna Bontemps, and Django Unchained directed by Quentin Tarantino. These creative works of historical fiction do accurately represent how slaves were treated but also, perhaps more important how slaves resisted such unjust treatment.
The three aforementioned pieces were all created at different period of time. Black Thunder was published in 1936, Kindred in 1997, and Django Unchained in 2012. The creators of these pieces all had a different societal lens through which they crafted their works and this does account for some of the differences in the portrayals of the characters in their respective works. Each creator also had different effects they wanted to get across be it, highlighting the agency of a slave man or showing a woman can resist the effects of slavery by using her intelligence. Despite the differences amongst the works, they all have an overwhelmingly powerful theme of the willingness of black individuals to fight back against the system of slavery.
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