There may be humane masters, as there certainly are inhuman ones - there may be slaves well-clothed, well-fed, and happy, as there surely are those half-clad, half-starved and miserable; nevertheless, the institution that tolerates such wrong and inhumanity as I have witnessed, is a cruel, unjust, and barbarous one. He was from Upper-state New York. The book brought up slavery to people who were unmoved by the issue itself. He made his own ink for the first letter-writing attempt. Based on a true story, this retelling of what was Solomon Northrup's reality is often very hard to watch. It was a bit disappointing because I was a bit bored with Solomon's story and was more interested in some of the side characters Patsey, Celeste, and Eliza. This book later inspired the director, Steve McQueen, to make the movie 12 years a slave, which goes on to win three Academy Awards.
Nothing wrong with such fairy tale allusions, but its handling jars. While his routes to slavery and subsequent freedom were markedly different, his life story is equally compelling and heroic. The film also got the smaller details right. Though he suffered severe misery, both physically and mentally, Solomon Northup never gave up hope of being released. I did not know about this book until I saw the movie last month. The dialogue we do hear from him is, like most of the other characters, fully dressed in arch 19th century elocutions.
He's always watching, wondering how to twist a situation into one that could lead him home. نورثاپ، در اواخر دهه ی 1820 میلادی، با «آن همپتن» ازدواج کرد. Ejiofor's performance as Solomon is graceful and sympathetic, yet is undercut because the character is too thinly-written. We are not bearing witness alongside a vengeful protagonist who will tear down the slavers' system as our proxy to satiate our anger and guilt. Black people from their late teens up to their deaths were working for 360 days in cotton fields, in maize fields, on sugar plantations, bringing high profits for their masters, but they were never considered workforce or even humans.
Northup was born free and lived most of his first thirty-three years in New York, where he married and had three children. Similarly, much of Hans Zimmer's score is quiet and gentle - save for an early sequence where Solomon is transported South by ferry , when the score becomes as over-the-top ominous as would befit a horror movie. نورثاپ دوازده سال بعد را، در یک مزرعه ی پنبه، در «لوئیزیانا» بردگی کرد، تا اینکه بالاخره دوستانش، در «ساراتوگا» باعث آزادی او شدند. The book continues on through the process of him becoming a slave, transition to his different slave owners, and finishes by explain how he regained his freedom. The more modern experiences of slavery, set in the 90s, books such Mende Nazer's chilling and Francis Bok's both set in Sudan and in Mende's case, in London, about a mile from my flat.
I was impressed by this account, especially since it was documented almost immediately upon his return to freedom when his memories were fresh. It reads like a man telling his life story, which is fascinating, giving what the man became for twelve years, but not as engrossing as some of the new journalism that came out in the 60s and 70s by people like Hunter S. My favorite occurs when his master Epps makes him a driver of the other slaves, requiring him to whip them: If Epps was present, I dared not show any lenity, not having the Christian fortitude of a certain well-known Uncle Tom sufficiently to brave his wrath, by refusing to perform the office. Northup was a free man, born free in New York State, married to a free black woman and father of three children. The gratuitous violence perpetrated on fellow human beings especially black people is a shameful horrible historical story that needs to be told again and again till we are free of racism and hatred of others. These details ranged from the slaves picking cotton while they sang in the field, to the sound of a whip cracking on their backs. Some brutally cruel and others whose humanity he praised.
Despite a melodramatic Hans Zimmer score, the worst kind of Hollywood fanfare imaginable for this tender piece of cinema, McQueen elegantly crafts 12 Years a Slave. In that way, only, I escaped the immediate martyrdom he suffered, and, withal, saved my companions much suffering, as it proved in the end. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U. That being said, the many great actors, dazzling craftsmanship of film, and compelling narrative are every bit deserving of the high praise this film has already received. It was here he was kidnapped and Slavery is an abomination. The two historical themes that best encompasses the history in 12 Years….
L'autore insiste particolarmente sulla necessità di farci comprendere che in questa storia non c'è nulla di inventato, che si tratta di un'autentica testimonianza dei pericoli che correva qualsiasi persona dalla pelle scura in quegli anni, per la quale non esisteva un posto realmente sicuro, non c'era alcuna possibilità di ottenere giustizia, rispetto per la propria dignità, per la propria storia, per la quale non esisteva il diritto di essere considerato un essere umano. A good portion of the story is spent giving a grueling account of life as a slave on a plantation, the drudgery and never-ending long, hard days working in the fields. It was not a land of equality and it did not offer freedom for all. Everything that happens in this autobiography is so distant from anything that I have experienced that I cannot even conceive of the injustice in any sort of measurable or reasonable amount. It's an historial drama - bleak, depressing, and disturbing.
We assume no liability for any damages you may suffer as a result of interception, alteration or misuse of information that is transmitted or collected over the Internet. He had the advantage of being able to swim, and, although the swamp was full of alligators and poisonous snakes, none of them hurt him. I found it a significant, still-relevant, first-hand indictment of slavery. Chiwetel Ejiofor gives one of the most compelling performances in cinema history, giving a multi-layered portrayal of the daily horrors suffered by his character. It is powerful in its relation. He travels to Washington D. Northup, a black man who was born free in New York state, details his being tricked to go to Washington, D.
Both the book and movie share essential similarities amongst the background and main ideas. The whole account was very detailed; we are given names, dates and so on. This movie typifies how the filmmakers are pushing the envelope more on graphic violence. However, I found myself more affected by the psychological pain that they had to endure. There will be reckoning yet. This is a movie for all to see. In August of 1831, a slave named Nat Turner and a large group of slaves rebelled against slavery on multiple plantations in Virginia, killing about 60 white people.