The presentation of anger within eighteenth and nineteenth century abolitionist slave narratives

Kerridge, Emma (2016) The presentation of anger within eighteenth and nineteenth century abolitionist slave narratives. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation is designed to explore and examine the presentations of anger within three Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century abolitionist slave narratives, those of Frederick Douglass, Olaudah Equiano and Moses Roper. By examining the different forms and expressions of anger presented, as well as the outcomes of these different examples, I aim to show that anger in the right context and used in the right manner can have positive and constructive consequences. To achieve this I will look at both physical and verbal expressions of anger, in the form of physical fights and swearing, and determine in which scenarios it was most advantageous to express this anger, and when it is best to refrain from allowing the emotion of anger to control their behaviour, on behalf of both the slave masters and overseers as well as the slaves themselves. I will also look at how anger is used as motivation to pursue change and self-betterment in the lives of the slaves, namely through the quest for academic and religious development.
    By showing that physical resistance against mistreatment can improve the slave’s position within their everyday lives, as well as showing the negative effect of increased literacy and religious belief, I show that anger is not always a negative and destructive emotion, but can instead act as a positive and constructive motive within the lives of these men trapped within the institution of slavery.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2016 08:58
    Last Modified: 01 Sep 2016 08:58

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