Analysis of the Story
12 Year a Slave Solomon Northup Twelve Years a Slave is a narrative story on the difficult and grueling life that he experienced during the slavery era. This story describes his life from birth, and how he was being born free, and how he made it through being a slave and how he gained back his freedom. He narrates the story in a very real way that enables the reader to connect with him. Northup was born a freeman; he obtained his freedom from his father after his family was being freed by the Northup family because of his loyalty.Solomon grew up in New York he received adequate education. In the movie and the book, it shows how Solomon gained knowledge and hard work from his father.
He resided in Saratoga Springs he lived happily with his three children. After 30 years of slavery Solomon freedom was taken from him when he was seeking financial freedom. He was held captive for 12 years. Two men who worked for a circus approached Solomon and offered him a job because of his ability to play violin. He accepted the job and soon started reforming at different events and parties.According to the movie and as seen in the book, Solomon was given his paper to protect him just in case they need it to identify him. The torture and hardship in the book was represented in the film.
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Northup was hanged by his neck and was beaten by the masters. He was hanged for several hours in front of the other slaves but they were not able to help him because they were afraid of getting involved. Paul Dana did this horrible act because he was afraid of Northup Intelligence and exposure. When Mr.. Ford finds out about this act, he rescued Northup by cutting him down.In the book the isolation of Northup and the rest of the slaves, shows the cruel act of the white men.
They destroyed the bond shared among the Negroes. When Ford eventually finds Northup, he cuts him down and apologizes. The other slaves likely knew this would happen given their master’s temperament and earlier treatment of Northup. Still, the carpenter was a white man, and one who felt within his rights to hang one of Ford’s slaves as payback for an earlier altercation. Cutting down their fellow slave could have led to a quick death if the enraged carpenter were still lurking around the plantation.The film’s isolation of Northup, and therefore all of the slaves, within a crowd, speaks of the culture of privilege that allowed white men with even miniscule amounts of authority to destroy social bonds through sanctioned violence. Secondly, another torture that took place in the movie happened when Northup was sold to Edwin Peps.
On the plantation, Northup finds it very hard to adjust to the lifestyle of a slave. He was often whipped when he doesn’t reach the goal set by master whenever the slaved are asked to pick cotton.Also Patsy was abused by Peps, he often spoke violet words to her and later rape her in the film. Beep’s wife even made the situation worse by asking her husband to beat Patsy. At some point in the book Peps being insecure thought Patsy was sleeping with another man. His insecurities led to a series of horrifying violent and torture in the film. Peps ordered Northup to whip Patsy.
He was reluctant to obey his master. He eventually listened to IM and whipped patsy in a light way. He got mad whipped her by himself thereby causing cuts on her back.The 12 years of slave main focus in the book is to show the horror story of slavery. The scenes are graphic, emotional and touching which is represented in the movie. Another scene in the movie that got my attention was when Peps was preaching gospel to his followers and lying about the bible just to justify the atrocities they committed during slavery. During the captivity on the Peps plantation Beep’s wife sent Northup on an errand to go buy some goods.
He was giving a list of what to buy and a tag in order to show his identification.At that time, he thought he was going to be able to escape. The story was very well interpreted in the film. 12 year of slave showed a relevant and historical reality filled with violence and torture towards the slaves. In the film, Patsy role showed the hard labor, suffering and the commodities she had to bear as a black woman. She was hated by most white women in the story as shown in the film. The men were also rendered powerless and they couldn’t protect their wives and children.
The story and elm revealed the history of slavery and its degrading effect.Northup made several attempts to escape and get message to his family back in New York, after several attempts he was able to get the news across to them. They were able to pass the message to the Governor of New York. Washington Hunt made it possible for Northup to regain his freedom in 1853. He finally returned to New York to his family. He sued the slave traders but he lost the case in court. The film is well connected with the story in the book.
They both show the experience of Northup during the slavery.