Fredrick Douglass

Peter-Blair Mackinnon Nicholson
S1A-G English
Halifax Grammar School
November 3, 2009
(1221 words)
The reactions of the recipients of this cruelty are also very similar. Many if not most slaves honestly do believe that their lives are far better living as a slave then that of a free man. They will not fight for their freedom they just do their best to enjoy what they have. This mindset is caused by the previously mentioned tactics for ridding slaves of the hope that life will be better as a free man. These beliefs even go so far as to have slaves proud and even brag about their masters “Indeed it is not uncommon for slaves even to fall out and quarrel among themselves about the relative goodness of their masters” (Douglass 24). The men and women of the Salem witch trials thought in a similar way. Many of them believed that because they were innocent that once in heaven god would judge them truly and honestly. Amazingly ones with this much faith did not fear death they welcomed it as didGiles when “Great stones were lay upon his chest until he plead aye or nay… they say he did not give but two words ‘more weight,’ he says” said Elizabeth (Miller 118). Of course there are exceptions to this fact, many many slaves questioned how happy they are and how happy they could be as a free man and in turn escaped from their bondage. Also in the Crucible many characters run away to Barbados in the hopes of eluding their capture and death. In some ways you could compare the rule of the slave owners to the divine rule of God in the terms of how it is viewed by its subjects, but that is a topic for another paper.
The mindset of slave owners of the 1840’s was remarkably similar to the judges of the 1962 Salem witch trials in the many ways I have given you above. The victims of these incidents of cruelty and in justice saw their masters or judges in much the same way, as a force with the power to ruin or greatly increase their happiness. They saw the slave owners...