Half of Aminata’s face is covered by the yellow white paper containing text. The slightly transparent image is a representation of how the main character, Aminata has the capability to see through the white, corrupted men who capture and claim to have complete ownership over her. Aminata proves herself to be a lot stronger than these men.
When looking at this through a Marxist lens, it visualizes how the white people attempt to suppress her and anyone who did not have the same physical appearance as them. In this book, people of African descent are seen as the lowest, inferior class, who aren’t capable of surviving on their own, while white people are seen as the superiors. This is portrayed through the fact that anyone who is of a darker colour is to be bought and sold and exercised extensively in manual labour. They are seized from their home villages, brought on a slave ship with horrendous conditions, and if they make it to America, they are Continue Reading
Aminata, the main character, is first a slave for a man named Robinson Appleby. Eventually, Appleby sells her to a man named Soloman Lindo who is to keep her as his slave. Although he claims, “My wife and I prefer the term servant,” (212) Aminata is still the legal property of Lindo and has no true freedom since she is forced to obey his orders. Aminita would only be considered a servant if she had her freedom and worked to complete domestic duties in return for payment . Aminita is most certainly not a servant since she is not staying at Lindo’s home on her own free will, she is not receiving payment for her work that she does for him, and of course, Lindo owns her.
The detail I found to be especially absurd about this is Continue Reading
When Aminata, Fanta, Fomba and others were captured from their home villages, they were forced to walk an extensive amount of time to the slave ship. Among the group was a captured man and his daughter who’d constantly have been walking hand in hand together. The group had been walking for about two months when suddenly Continue Reading
The issue of ownership comes up multiple times within the novel, so here are a few definitions of the word property:
Anything that you own the rights to:
Usually you may think of your phone, iPod, car, ect, all of which you personally choose how to treat it, sell it, dispose of it.
a thing or things belonging to someone; possessions collectively:
Law the right to the possession, use, or disposal of something; ownership: rights of property
n. anything that is owned by a person or entity.
a : something owned or possessed; specifically : a piece of real estate
b : the exclusive right to possess, enjoy, and dispose of a thing : ownership
Property is essentially something that you have a degree of absolute control over.
There are parts in every individual’s life that they may not take pride in, which can be expressed as regret. People may tend to learn from the experience and move on with life, provided it is not of an extremely heinous nature, and they have relatively decent adaptation skills. If the person committed an act that is considered unethical or an act against a person, the offender may feel a long-lasting sense of remorse and guilt. Time allows for separation from the event and emotions that were present during that specific period in time. For example, in a murder case, despite the mental state the murderer was in when the crime was committed, after time passes, it can be suggested that the murderer will begin to recognize the nature of their acts and how they were completely unreasonable, leading to remorse. (Of course, this is suggesting that the perpetrator is simply an average person who got wound up in a certain state that resulted in such actions- not one who takes pleasure in a life of crime.)
Since Claudius just killed his own brother, Continue Reading
Throughout the whole play, I’ve pictured Hamlet as a relatively young character, at approximately twenty years old. During the Elizabethan era, life expectancy was commonly short in length. Hamlet, the play, takes place during this era, indicating that the natural life span of the characters would be short lived.
Throughout the play, Hamlet is suggested to be of a young age:
Claudius could have very well hated his brother, Hamlet Senior for many various reasons.Whether it was a childhood dilemma, or a current one, there was evidently a sense of hatred present.
It was extremely possible that Claudius indeed could have hated himself as he may have perceived himself as a failure, especially when compared to his brother. Claudius’s hatred had such an extent of power over him that he believed that if he Continue Reading