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Topics: Writing, Slavery, Essay Pages: 4 (857 words) Published: October 31, 2013

During the era of the African Slave Trade, protecting yourself and your family can be very challenging. “Tribal Scars” by Sembene describes how two characters got through this era. Amoo and Momutu face many challenges together. Though they have some similarities, you will find out that their motivations are completely different.

Momutu is like a procurer. The only difference between a procurer and him is that he steals slaves from other procurers and then resells them. He is a ruthless killer, killing his own kin without having second thought. He chooses to sell slaves in order to save his own skin from becoming enslaved.

Amoo, on the other hand, is a kind and caring human being. Yes, he may have helped Momutu with slave trading, and he may have killed other humans, but he does so in order to save his daughter, Iome, from becoming enslaved. He risks his own life to save his daughters life.

“Tribal Scars” by Sembene may not have a happy ending but it does teach us an important lesson. Even though Amoo and Momutu may have committed an indecent act, depending on what their motivation was will determine if their act was moral or not. By betraying his own kin Momutu decided to give up his humanity, while on the other hand, Amoo gave up his own freedom to protect his family.

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