The Grapes Of Wrath: Movie Analysis

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The movie accurately displayed the time period and events in history that it was based on. In 1700, it was stated “ All servants imported and brought into the Country. . . who were not Christians in their native Country. . . shall be accounted and be slaves. All Negro, mulatto and Indian slaves within this dominion. . . shall be held to be real estate. If any slave resists his master. . . correcting such slave, and shall happen to be killed in such correction. . . the master shall be free of all punishment. . . as if such accident never happened. In the movie, a white man was working with the slaves, however, he was called a white servant. For that simple reason, he wasn't a slave, nor he was punish when he disobey his master. Due to his religion …show more content…
“Throughout the period of slavery in America… masters often felt it their right to engage in sexual activity with black women…they did on occasion rape married women…the black woman sometimes provoked the resentment of mistresses” While Northup was a slave, he had a friend named Patsey. She was being abused by the master and the master’s wife. The master would rape her, especially when he was drunk. The wife knew about the relationship and she became jealous and she wouldn’t treat Patsey like the other slaves. Instead, the wife treated Patsey with hatred because of her husband's actions. One main scene was when Patsey went to find soap from the neighbor’s mistress, a black woman, and the master was mad that she had left. She tried to explain that the master’s wife hasn't been giving her soap to wash with but he didn't believed her. The master’s wife encouraged him to whip Patsey, instead the master told Northup to do it. Northup expressed "the most cruel whipping that ever I was doomed to witness one I can never recall with any other emotion than that of horror”. Patsey was a victim of love and hate because the master lusted her and the master’s wife green-eyed her. As a consequences, she was one of the most severely beaten slaves. Therefore, the movie accurately depict the time period because white servants were treated better than slaves, slaves were view as

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