Literary Analysis Paper History of Mary Prince

Bridie Hood

Rene Bennett

Masterpieces – British Literature

6 March 2018

The Power of Sympathy

In the time of slavery based on race, there were people who accepted slavery and people who believed slavery was inhumane. Thomas Pringle, a member of the Anti-Slavery Society, made it his mission to expose the horrors of slavery through publishing a story told by a former slave herself. However, Pringle did not exclude the details of the treatment slaves experienced from their masters. In “The History of Mary Prince”, Thomas Pringle uses pathos by including vivid descriptions of the abuse Mary Prince experienced as an attempt to convince people who lacked a strong opinion on ...

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was not already enough, Mary’s master came home and decided that she needs to experience more punishment for something that was merely not her fault. Mary is “tied … up” against her will and is given “a hundred lashes” by her master, almost to the point where her master could “faint” from exhaustion (Pringle 16-17). The descriptions of this experience make it hard for the reader to read without a wave of sorrow for Mary, and it is difficult to read what happens next during Mary’s physical beating. Whether already a slavery abolitionist or a slavery apologist, Pringle presents the brutal details of Mary’s physical abuse experience to spark emotions within the reader to reevaluate their views on slavery. This narration that Mary provides for the reader allows the reader to imagine if they were in her position, and how hopeless they would feel as a result of being “beat … again and again” (Pringle 17). Pringle truly opens the readers’ eyes to the ...

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