Marriage And Slavery By Jane Austen And Twelve Years A Slave By Solomon Northup

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Marriage and slavery are two seemingly different positions that have a surprising amount in common. Marriage is defined as “the legally or formally recognized union of a man and a woman as partners in a relationship” (source). Slavery is defined as “a person who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey them.” (source). In theory marriage is a joint agreement, whereas slavery is not. However, both of these classifications have duties they “must” perform and neither is paid. These duties lead to damages inflicted on those involved. The books, Emma by Jane Austen, and Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup present and compare the topics of marriage and slavery. Emma is a story about a young woman lost and confused about the objections of marriage. Twelve Years a Slave is a story about a black man unable to prove his freedom, and becoming a slave as a result. A bond between people and the expected duties of those involved characterize both marriage and slavery. A wife and a slave can become damaged both emotionally and physically and ultimately dehumanized in an attempt to fulfill their roles.
The book Emma written by Jane Austen is a novel about love, or in this case a love match maker. Emma believes that she has a talent that can help women find themselves a husband. In her process of trying to be young, independent woman who has vowed to not marry, Emma finds herself in a predicament. In trying to match other people’s love lives, and butting heads with her…

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