The Dehumanization of Both Slaves and Masters: The Case of Mary Prince


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Essay #: 072791
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The Dehumanization of Both Slaves and Masters: The Case of Mary Prince
Slavery is just one of the many examples of human depravity that leads to dehumanization. From the Holocaust to colonialism, there is an example in every century of human existence of oppression and violence against ‘the other’. Disturbingly, both the oppressor and the oppressed suffer from dehumanization, as is demonstrated in the case study of Mary Prince, whose terrible experiences were commonplace during the time of slavery. Her masters had lost their humanity and were thus able to treat her with dispassionate cruelty and punishment. Bush’s essay clearly delineates the strength of attitudes and social stereotypes that enabled people to treat black people with...
The end: of black women slaves who were considered submissive and accepting of slavery. Her experiences were sadly commonplace, for the slave-owners were victim to their own oppressive devices and dehumanized themselves along with their slaves.
Works Cited
Bush, Barbara. “‘The Eye of the Beholder’: Contemporary
European Images of Black Women.” Slave Women in Caribbean Society: 1650-1838. Kingston: Heinemann Publishers, 1990. 11-12.
Gates, Henry Louis Jr. Ed. “Supplement to the History of
Mary Prince, By the Editor.” The Classic Slave Narratives. New York: Signet Classics, 2002. 289-316.
Prince, Mary. “The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian
Slave.” The Classic Slave Narratives. Ed. Henry Louis Gates Jr. New York: Signet Classics, 2002. 251-288.