Losing My Indentity Essay

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Throughout a human's life one can be expected to journey through several stages, and depending on the reactions through those stages a sense of self starts to develop. Our experiences, may they be positive or negative can begin to mold a sense of self worth and pride, due to the survival skills built, knowledge gained, and feeling of accomplishment that were collected throughout the experience. Though in some cases, development through the stages could increase one's sense of pride by a delusional amount, thus showcasing how pride can create a false sense of security. As Carl Jung once said “Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average ...view middle of the document...

She was an Black woman who was collected over 500 pounds of cotton, far more than any man on the plantation. She was the woman who was raped by her slave master, but did not let his monstrosity destroy her spirit. She was forced to strip down and receive bull whip strike by not only Northup, but also by her slave master, and even though she received the worst welts she did not let that ruined her pride. As where I may never experience the pain that Patsey went through, it is her spirit that causes me to feel connected to her.
There is no doubt that Steve McQueen's genius shined through the screen, though there are certain scenes that cause 12 Years a Slave to be a painful watch. It is expected from a historical drama based on slavery to be unpleasant to sit through, but the extents that McQueen went to accurately display his film were very apparent. May it be from the welts after the slave were beaten, or watching the two Black men being hung in the forest. However, the scene that causes the most nightmares is hands down the scene where Eliza is separated from her two children. From that scene alone you see how her and all the other African Americans were objectified and dehumanized, and you also become extremely heart throbbed when you witness the screams from a family that will, from that day forth, be separated forever.
The most uplifting and positive scene throughout the movie is when you see Northup meet his family again, and also is introduced to his son in law and his grandchild. It is not possible to imagine the emotions that his wife and him shared once they saw each other again, nor can one articulate what it was like for Solomon to hold his grandson who was named after him. That scene alone ended the movie on an extremely hopeful and powerful note.
It can be noted though that as where Northup received freedom, his fellow slave and friend Patsey did not. There is no doubt that she suffered far...

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