12 Years A Slave

Topics: Slavery, Bob Marley, Jamaica Pages: 4 (820 words) Published: April 20, 2015
JAMAICA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

A RESEARCH PAPER DONE ON HOW THE GOSPEL OF ST. LUKE CAN BE USED AS A TOOL IN THE FIELD OF SOCIAL WORK

A RESEARCH PAPER DONE ON HOW THE GOSPEL OF ST. LUKE CAN BE USED AS A TOOL IN THE FIELD OF SOCIAL WORK SUBMITTED TO

MR. GARNETT ROPER, PHD

IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE COURSE

READING THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE

BY

SASHA LEE WILMOT

KINGSTON, JAMAICA

NOVEMBER 23, 2012
The film 12 Years A Slave, though disturbing as it was, is a film of the harsh reality many of our forefathers had to go through many years ago. The film focuses on particular Black American character whose name in the movie is Solomon Northup. He was tricked and lured away from his family and home in Saratoga Springs, New York to Washington DC by two American men who claimed they were Artists. He was then drugged and enslaved. He was stripped of his identity and sold to plantation owners. After being detained in Washington for some time, Solomon was then ‘shipped’ to New Orleans to be sold as a slave. He eventually ended up in Louisiana after his first slaver sent him away to another plantation owner. There are various themes I see coming out of this film. Injustice, Slavery as a weapon of murder, both literally and figuratively and many more. However, the main theme I see coming out is the struggle for survival. All throughout the film for almost every character, especially those enslaved, there is a constant struggle for survival. This was first highlighted when one of the slaves that was ‘shipped’ with Solomon told him that if he wanted to stay alive he should keep his mouth shut and let no one know that he can read and write. Other instances that depict this theme also is seen in the way that Solomon accepts his position as a slave outwardly and works diligently to please his masters while constantly trying to find ways and means of escape. It is seen where even the slave patsy,...
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