The Confessions Of Nat Turner Essay

982 Words Mar 11th, 2016 4 Pages
The Confessions of Nat Turner reveals techniques Whites used to enslave Africans. Whites learned that the best way to keep the African slaves under control was to destroy them mentally. This concept is not easily detected in The confessions of Nat Turner alone, but it is made clear reading Nat’s confessions along with Kyle Baker’s Nat Turner graphic novel. The novel captures the origin of Nat Turner’s rebellion by providing images of Africans before they were taken from Africa in comparison to the lives they were forced to live during their enslavement. Although the vast majority of African slave’s minds were weakened by their slave masters, Nat Turner was a rare exception. From an early age Nat Turner believed he was called by God to lead his people out of enslavement. “I was intended for some great purpose, which they had always thought from certain marks on my head and breast” (Greenberg 44). This statement from Nat Turner demonstrates his emancipation from mental slavery. The Confessions of Nat Turner along with Kyle Baker’s Nat Turner graphic novel reveals how Whites mentally destroyed slaves by dismantling their communities, withholding education and instilling fear into their lives and how Nat Turner was a threat to their system. Kyle Baker captures the essence of the slave rebellion through the graphic novel by beginning the narrative in the slave’s home land. Starting the narrative in Africa reassured the reader that Blacks are victims who were stolen from…

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