The Slave Auction Analysis Imagine being ripped from your mother’s chest at a young age knowing you’ll never see her again.
Listen to the screams of the little children around you as you hold on to your lover’s hand for dear life praying to every god imaginable that you two won’t be ripped apart. — “l got a nice wench starting at 800”. — Your grasp gets tighter as they examine you from head to toe. The bids are getting higher and higher, tears stroll down your face. You look at the stone cold face of your master who is unmoved y the horrible events happening. –“And she’s sold!!! You gaze into your masters eyes and silently scream why. You kick and scream refusing to let your lover’s hand go as your new owner tries to carry you away. American Slavery is one of the most gruesome and dehumidifying experiences in American History.
Human beings were sold. These humans were beaten and treated less than animals. Despite this gruesome lifestyle, the slaves managed to make do with what they had. They became family despite their different backgrounds and cultures.
Even with new found optimism they still had things to fear like the slave auction.Frances E. W.
Harpers Poems The Slave Auction and The Slave Mother depict every emotion and heart break of being sold as a slave. Each poem a few stanzas each tell a million untold stories of a slave’s anguish. Historically the Slave Auction was the most dreadful day in slavery. On this day the right price could rip an entire family into pieces forever. In The Slave Auction Harper spares no details and shows the Slave Auction for the devil that it is. In the beginning of the poem she describes the young girls saying that they were “Defenseless in their Wretchedness”.
Throughout the entire poem Harper uses sophisticated language to paint the picture of the Auction. The rhyme scheme or rhythm in this poem is ABA. After reading this poem the reader can feel the sorrow and pain of having someone near and dear to their heart taken away from them. The overall tone in this poem is sadness.
Even when she describes the auctioneers by calling them tyrants, the tone is still sad. “Ye who have laid your loved to rest, And wept above their lifeless clay, Know not the anguish of that breast, Whose loved are rudely torn away.Ye may not know how desolate Are bosoms rudely forced to part, And how a dull and heavy weight Will press the life-drops from the heart. ” In the last two stanzas, Harper makes a point in telling the reader that they will never truly understand the horrors of what happened.
She is basically saying that it is horrible experience and many cannot relate. Compared to The Slave Auction, the poem The Slave Mother has a very different tone. At first the poem starts off sad but hen it turns into a voice of rage and resistance.
Instead of making the reader feel repetition, especially in stanzas five and six. : He is not hers, although she bore For him a mother’s pains; He is not hers, although her blood Is coursing through his veins! He is not hers, for cruel hands May rudely tear apart The only wreath of household love That binds her breaking heart. (Gates,McKay) For the beginning lines of the stanzas five and six, it starts off with “He is not hers… ” And it gives Valid points of why he should be her child and not her master’s.In stanzas five and six you can hear the anger in her tone and the vocabulary. She uses words like: Bore, coursing, cruel, and rude to create visuals for the reader.
These words also help stimulate the emotion of rage the reader may feel while reading these lines. Frances E. W.
Harper may have chosen this tone because she was thinking about if someone had stole her child from her because she was a mother. It is as if she is placing herself in the slave mother’s shoes; instead of taking the role as the observer in “The Slave Auction”.