Nat Ver's Rebellion In The Confessions Of Nat Turner

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“Nat Turner is asked, “Do you not find yourself mistaken now?” and he answered “Was not Christ crucified.”

This excerpt is from The Confessions of Nat Turner. Being interviewed by Thomas R. Gray, Nat Turner reveals the nature of the rebellion. Turner was captured on October 30, 1831, after eluding capture for two months after leading one of the deadliest revolts in American history during the morning of August 31, 1831. The rebellion was suppressed in one day but remains iconic. What makes it iconic, is the leader Nat Turner himself. Nat Turner as an individual represents a peculiar story. Turner learned how to read and write which was an exception among slaves. Turner ultimately used his skills to immerse himself in the bible. By learning religion, he justifies his motives behind the uprising. Turner mentions the bible and revelations numerous times and throughout his Confessions, but what was truly his motives? Was it religiously driven? The motives of the rebellion are a topic often explored and differ depending on a variety of historians and writers.
“Take her, a voice said...Without mercy take your pleasure upon her innocent round body until she is half mad with fright and pain. Forget your great mission. Abandon all for these hours of terror and bliss”
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Styron’s narrative of the Nat Turner rebellion is based on Thomas R. Gray’s account of Nat Turner’s rebellion. Styron presents an argument with the statement above that Turner was driven by sexual desire and hatred and disregards the religion aspect of the rebellion as a result of slave institution. It echoes William Lloyd Garrison who also believed that the violence of the rebellion was a consequence of slavery. However, an account of the rebellion and aftermath from the Constitutional Whig on August 31, 1831 challenges Styron’s

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