Charles Brockden Brown 's `` A Son Of The Forest `` Essay example

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Both Charles Brockden Brown’s Arthur Mervyn and William Apess’ A Son of the Forest have one large piece of the early republican identity depicted clearly within their texts. This piece of the early republican identity is the evil, almost unspeakable portion of the identity that I will refer to simply as the inhumanity. This portion of the early republican identity was produced through the evils of slavery. Now, this may not be obvious at first, since both novels do not deal directly African American with slavery, however, they both do deal indirectly with slavery or indentured servitude. In both novels the main villain is a mad man overcome with greed that seeped into his soul indirectly through the evils of slavery. In Arthur Mervyn this villain, and part of the early republican identity, is characterized by Welbeck. The likened character who is the doppelganger of Welbeck that appears in Son of the Forest is William Williams. Both of these villains are the perpetuator of the hero’s suffering in one way or another. Without slavery, being the cause for the apex of the evil portion of the early republican identity, both stories would have been filled with much less conflict and our protagonists may have turned out completely different from who they became through their suffering. Their suffering, trials, and tribulations would have been greatly lessened if it wasn’t for the greatest evil of inhumanity in the early republic - slavery. To start, Welbeck is a man who is evil…

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