Character Analysis On Solomon Northup From Twelve Years A Slave

790 words - 3 pages

Twelve Years a Slave is based on a true story. This book is a narrative of Solomon Northup. Who is he, and what is his identity is all described in this book. The title of this book, Twelve Years a Slave, explains those twelve years, Northup spent in slavery. He was a citizen of New York. Solomon Northup, the protagonist of the story, is born-free African American on July 1808. He is married to Anne Hampton and had three children: Elizabeth, ten years old; Margaret, eight years old; Alonzo, five years old. Solomon Northup was a free man kidnapped into slavery for twelve years in Washington, D.C at the age of 32. Two men named Brown and Hamilton kidnapped him in 1841, offered him a job in circus and drugged him. Shortly after his escape, he published his memoir to great acclaim and brought legal action against his abductors, though they were never prosecuted. Solomon Northup in Twelve Years a Slave is an interesting character because the author displays him as very intelligent & creative, caring& kind and persistent and hopeful person.
Throughout the book, Northup is portrayed as an intelligent and creative person. Before he is sold into slavery, he worked as a carpenter and a violinist. He was not only multitalented; he was a keen observer of human nature. When he was sold into slavery, he saw how the slaves were hopeless and treated like machines that have no emotions. Unlike the other slaves, he was born free, so he had the privilege to get an education. Therefore, he was smart and more creative than the other slaves. He had to learn to adapt to getting his own food, when food was less, which he did. Under Northup’s first master William Ford, through Solomon creativity, he built a raft that allowed woods to be transported quicker and cheaper. This earned him the title “Fulton of Indian Creek.” Also, he knew how to swim, which proves that he is free because the other slaves did not know or were never taught to swim because that would make it easier for them to escape.
Solomon Northup is also very caring and kind in the Twelve Years a Slave. Throughout his twelve years in slavery, he felt depressed over leaving his family and injustice occurring upon others. Although he was born free, he never considered himself higher than the other slaves. Northup interacted with the other slaves kindly. He...

Find Another Essay On Character Analysis on Solomon Northup from Twelve Years a Slave

Anaylsis of Solomon Northup´s Personal Narrative Twelve Years a Slave

747 words - 3 pages Twelve Years a Slave is a personal narrative about Solomon Northup, a free man who was forced into slavery. As a young adult, Northup was a very talented fiddle player. The locals loved to hear him play until 1841 when two men offered him money to join a traveling music show. Northup accepted but soon after was drug into slavery. He was then sold at an auction in New Orleans. This is an example of how deceiving and cruel white people can be. It

Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New-York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853:

2647 words - 11 pages that they are going to be traveling into a slave country and he should get his free papers. He thinks that is very kind and gets the papers and they go on their way. One night after having a few drinks, Northup starts feeling very thirsty. He drinks a lot of water but the thirst comes right back. He doesn't recall what happened after that but he though he was taken to a doctor. He woke up on a wooden bench in a room by himself without his

Twelve Years a Slave

1236 words - 5 pages In Twelve Years a Slave, Solomon Northup tells his tale of life as a slave in Louisiana. Northup, a free man of color, was kidnapped in Washington in 1841, sold into slavery, and finally rescued in 1853. Northup describes, in detail, the people he encountered, the abuse he suffered, and often, the brighter side of slavery. During my Louisiana History class, I learned that slaves exhibit various personality types and traits. Reading Northup’s

Twelve Years A Slave

2709 words - 11 pages inescapable among whites in the South throughout long years of slavery. One of the ways that cruelty is created among white people in the South is caused by husband's infidelities. Solomon felt that mistress Epps was not that evil, and that "she was possessed of the devil [through] jealousy" . Throughout Twelve Years a Slave, we saw mistress Epps lose her humanity. Knowing that her husband was cheating on her with Patsey made her a cold-blooded woman. When

Is the Movie Twelve Years a Slave a Good Movie of Its Genre?

1748 words - 7 pages of physical violence against the slaves, the use of verbal violence, language and the words used to refer to the slaves, and the difference between the slaves and their owners setting used such as costuming, food and furniture and how they are different in the way the slaves and their owners live daily. Twelve Years a Slave is an Oscar winning movie about the main character Solomon Northup, a free black man lives in New York in 1841. He makes

12 Years a Slave: Analysis

730 words - 3 pages The City that never sleeps is always ready to welcome the opportunistic. New York is and has been for a while, a place of great opportunity, where those of all genders, sizes, religions and races can come together in a mutual understanding of diversity. From a very young age until the age of 33, Solomon Northup was able to live, breathe and truly be himself in this state. That was where he grew up, where he started his family and where he

Solomon Northup: His Kidnapping and Escape from Slavery

1498 words - 6 pages In 1841, criminals seduced a free black New Yorker named Solomon Northup into slave territory by the promise of a job. There, they illegally sold him as a slave. When he protested to the slave dealer that he was free, the dealer beat him. He would learn no to assert his freedom, but over the next twelve years he attempted to free himself on several occasions, all of which failed until the last, successful effort. On Northup's journey

Review Essay on 12 Years A slave

779 words - 4 pages it as, “… a movie of paradoxical beauty, with the weeping willows and painting skies of Louisiana mocking the human torment that permeates the story.” The long shots of Ejiofor, bone deep emotions showing through his eyes, his face contorting into misery and becoming twisted from years of turmoil and battering. However, despite the predicament on Solomon Northup, the character displayed strong optimism that justice would be served. Nevertheless

12 Years a Slave

784 words - 3 pages actually took the whip from a white man he was in an argument with, and proceeded to beat him to the ground. This is an extreme form of slave rebellion. All in all, I believe that 12 Years a Slave was a striking film that exposed many of the important, underlying details of slavery. As we see with Solomon Northup, sometimes it is not enough to simply survive. Survival does not mean you are truly living freely, and Solomon shows that freedom is a liberty that is worth fighting for.

Analysis of Henry Stewart´s Movie Review: Why 12 years a Slave is a Bad Movie

905 words - 4 pages referring to is when the lead character in Clerks keeps saying “I wasn’t even supposed to be here today”. The problem with this assumption is that it makes it seem as if Stewart did not understand the entire point behind 12 Years a Slave, which was in fact that Soloman Northup did not belong on the fields. Since Stewart gives off the impression that he did not understand the concept of 12 Years a Slave Stewart lost all credit as a person who is

An Analysis on who your Favorite Character from A Midsummer Night’s Dream is and why

696 words - 3 pages . To add on, Hermia is my favorite character in A Midsummer Night’s Dream because she is virtuous and stays true to her standards. In this world, people are always ripped from their pride when they don’t stay true to their faith, but all of all things to demolish one’s standards would be this sinful world. My moral standards have always been something I take so much pride in as I don’t let anyone deteriorate me from my path. Hermia also shows

Similar Essays

Twelve Years A Slave By Solomon Northup

1218 words - 5 pages slavery. Mr. Bass, a Canadian carpenter, helped Solomon out of bondage by writing to Northup’s family in the North. After twelve years of hard labor, scarce food, sleepless nights, and fierce punishments, Solomon Northup was once again a free man. The majority of the information in this novel has to do with Solomon’s own experiences. As a slave, Northup was cut off from sources of other news of the nation. The beginning of the novel is dedicated to

Twelve Years A Slave By Solomon Northup

2097 words - 9 pages The topic of slavery in the United States has always been controversial, as many people living in the South were supportive of it and many people living in the North were against it. Even though it was abolished by the Civil War before the start of the 20th century, there are still different views on the subject today. Written in 1853, the book Twelve Years a Slave is a first person account of what it was like for Solomon Northup to be taken

Dehumanization In Twelve Years A Slave: Narrative Of Solomon Northup

1564 words - 6 pages Northup experienced shear torture, cruelty, and the loss of his dignity, throughout his many years as a slave. After many years, he came in contact with an abolitionist, who sent letters to Northup’s family to notify them of his life and status. He was soon rescued from Louisiana and freed as a slave. The narrative of Solomon Northup’s Twelve Years a Slave reveals the lived experience of dehumanization of the male slave, female slave, and the

12 Years A Slave By Solomon Northup

801 words - 4 pages The book 12 Years a Slave is an autobiography that chronicles the life of Solomon Northup. Northup was born free in the New York State but at the age of 33 is drugged, kidnapped and forced into slavery for 12 years. Northup was kidnapped during a time when the nation was split over slavery. In the North many African Americans were born free while in the South, African Americans were sold, kidnapped, or born into slavery. Northup was