12 Years a Slave Essay

1470 Words Sep 18th, 2015 6 Pages
We as people would much rather ignore the cruelty committed by people and others, because it’s true of any where. The result of ignorance for the sake of what many perceived as being normal. The same is true for slavery, this prejudice is unnatural, human beings aren't born to be owned or to be used as free labor. I believe that prejudice supports the practice of slavery In the attribution error the slave owners developed attitudes that would justified slavery in their minds, they perceived the people they enslaved as lazy, ignorant, and irresponsible. In the movie 12 Years a Slave, the stereotypes were seen thru out the movie, so much so that even upon Solomons freedom people would not believe he could be a free man solely because of …show more content…
Turning our backs on such evils is a way of denying we have the ability for such cruelty. One of the other captives tells Solomone that the key to survival is to keep quiet, never tell anyone his real name, hide his ability to read and to write. When encouraged, for example to fully abandon his real identity to survive Solomon replies "I don't want to survive I want to live." The slaves try to stick together, but would not step out of line fearing they would be punished. While being transported to Louisiana, Solomon meets two other male slaves with differing views on how to handle the siutation. A slave named Robert comes up with a plan to rebel and overthrow their captors, but another man, Clemens, quickly disagrees with this dangerous plan. Solomon seems unsure as to which route to take, but when Robert is killed in an attempt to protect Eliza from being sexually assaulted by one of their captors. The message becomes loud and clear to Solomon, if he fights it would be ineffective and potential deadly. The movie and book are prime examples of prejudice and the difficulties it takes to over come it. Solomon Northup is the victum of the true tale. Why him? Was is because of racism or was it because of prejudice. When people deny other people their natural birth right due to color, ethnic background, religion these are acts of prejudice.

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