The Crack Of A Whip Essay

1310 Words Dec 1st, 2015 6 Pages
The crack of a whip followed by a blood-curling scream of a slave named Patsey echoes through a large cotton plantation in Louisiana in 1842. Patsey’s cheek is pressed up against a hard and rough wood pillar while her friend and fellow slave “Platt, or Solomon Northup, strikes her naked back. Demanded by their master Edwin Epps, Northup must punish Patsey for running off by whipping her as on-lookers watch. Blood spatters off her back and into the face of a man who has seen freedom and now the disturbing reality of slavery. Her cries fade into moans and Northup can whip her no more. Epps takes over the beating while Northup reminds his master somewhere someday he will answer for this sin. Staring at a brutally mangled body of a human being Epps responds with the quote, “there is no sin, man does how he pleases with his property”. Produced in 2012 and directed by Steve McQueen 12 Years a Slave brings the true story of Solomon Northup’s encounter with slavery in America in the 1840’s. 12 Years a Slave strips away the Hollywood version of slavery to reveal the brutal, systematic and inhuman treatment of African Americans in the 1840’s with no white savior. A mix of horrifying yet accurate scenes hard for any person to maintain focus on lead to the the most successful “slave” film of our time and spur an honest conversation about the unfair treatment of African American’s in this country that in some ways still continues today. In order to understand how the film is relevant in…

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