The Horrific Treatment of Slaves and Toni Morrison’s Beloved
Haunting and ghosting is described as ideas of the past and the future, haunting, bleeding into the present. Two central tenants of this paradigm are one, all the horrific treatment of the slaves, being beaten, raped, over worked and living in inhabitable conditions amongst many other horrible things slaves had to endure.
And two as a result of these hideous acts, the acts will literally haunt them in the present and in the future regardless if they have been freed from slavery. Although the red men have vanished from many of their haunts, their ghosts are every”here. Nothing can be more natural, for the Indians were the only inhabitants of the land for countless generations. The rivers and the lakes were their friends, and they named them. Only some Of these have we replaced, the others we have taken over with Our country. CITATION carry 1033 (canon, 2006) This is explaining the haunting done to the Saskatchewan people when the “aboriginal people’s” land was being stolen and the owners of the land were being killed for it.Next in Sonny Williams Mac-Coy Wilson reading she elucidates how “she was inspired to uncover what the notion of freedom really meant and means for black women to articulate how the bodies of black women to articulate how the bodies of black women articulate slavery.
” CITATION Songs II 1 033 (Mac-Coy- Wilson, 2007) She also parallels the hauntingly existing in Toni Morrison “Beloved” which focuses on black females in particular. In the book Seethe, a mother kills her own daughter known as Beloved, to protect her from the terrors of becoming a slave.Finally in Samara Sash’s article hauntingly is explained in comparative ways including the house left standing in beloved, in the Middle Passage the ship has structural equivalent of Beloveds house. Though the structures aren’t entirely symmetrical, the slave ship was owned by the slave owners and the house left standing is owned by generations of former slaves. Wrapping the stories together, as being equally horrific conditions that slaves had to endure.Whether it was through the hauntingly of being stacked on a ship treated terribly, or living on a plantation being brutally beaten and treated in the most awful ways. Presented in the Gong case in “Specters of the Atlantic”, Gong Captain of the ship started to notice that many of the slaves he was transporting were beginning to suffer from malnutrition, reeking of disease because of the horrific conditions these over 400 African slaves were completely over crowded, stacked on top of one another and were beginning dying processes.
The Captain made a decision, in his mind he thought was logical, to throw these sick Africans overboard instead of allowing these over 130 people to die on the ship where to him they are deemed worthless. Throwing them overboard would allow the Captain and ships owner to collect on insurance, and therefore replace any slaves they had lost. The case ended up in court and not for murder! But against the insured that would not pay on these claims.The whole situation for these African is completely unjust in so many ways in theory of value, exchange and singularity, it’s despicable! “Specters of the Atlantic” and the historical Margaret Garner is that in both cases some characteristics are the slaves are property which may be sold or passed along as an inherited at the asters discretion, and that the condition of slavery is transmitted from parent to child.Margaret Garner, when she and her family had decided to take advantage to escape enslavement and successfully made it to their first stop to freedom they were ambushed by their master and Federal agents. Garner decided to try and take her children’s lives as well as her own with a result of only one of the children dying, to try and spare them from becoming enslaved again. She was not at first charged with murder of the child but was harder with trying to flee from enslavement.
Garners attorney got the courts to agree on charging her with murder and in the interim she was sold to owners in Arkansas where Margaret was not able to be served with an arrest warrant because of different State Laws. She never was forced to her second trial and died only years later of a disease. Morrison defines ‘remember throughout “Beloved” that portrays a memory that IS so awful its psychological effects to the victim it happened to that they literally relive the scenario to its entirety, over and over.Freeing yourself is one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self is another. ” “I used to think it was my remember you know. Some things you forget. Other things you never do.
But it’s not. Places, places are still there. If a house burns down, it’s gone, but the place- picture of it-stays, and not just in remember, but out there in the world. What remember is a picture floating around outside my head. Mean, even if I don’t think it, even if die the picture of what I did, or knew or saw is still there. Right in the place where it happened. “