The Character of Private Tripp in Glory

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Damon Jones
African American History 150

The character Private Tripp in the movie Glory was a very important character in that he was sort of the focal point and he was the only one that always seemed to cause the problems. This character had experienced a lot of physical and mental abuse of being a slave and was just mad at the world. The reason he had such a bad chip on his shoulder was that he had to deal with being black and a slave. These two characteristics back during the Civil War period did not go over well with society. If you were black and a slave then you were basically nothing in society, thus never being of importance. This concept played out with Private Tripp’s mind and eventually gave him determination to ante up and kick in at the end.

This whole idea of getting the short end of the stick so to speak affected Private Tripp tremendously psychologically. In return he acted out in hate by bullying the other black soldiers in his regiment. He was the one in the movie to start a rebellion among the soldiers when the Union cut their pay from thirteen dollars to teen dollars. He started going around and telling everybody to refuse the pay and to tear it up. He portrayed the character that nobody was going to get the best of him without a fight. This showed all the rest of the soldiers that they were good enough and deserved to be there to fight. Private Tripp also showed that the color of is skin affected him tremendously when him and Shaw were sitting down at the lake talking. Shaw told Tripp that he would be honored for him to carry the flag into battle the next day. Tripp refused and stated that he could not take the flag into battle because nobody was going to win the war. Tripp stated that the war was going to keep on going, and when if it did end that Shaw was just going to be able to go back to his fancy home in Boston. He continued to say that when the war ended, he had nowhere to go because he was always going to be black and...
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