Amistad Reflective Essay

Topics: Slavery, Atlantic slave trade, Slavery in the United States Pages: 2 (738 words) Published: February 1, 2014
REFLECTIVE ESSAY
“AMISTAD”

My reaction to the movie "Amistad “was of mixed emotions. Horror, anger, sadness, and a plethora of other emotions ran through my mind as the movie went on. Each scene had a new emotion with it. My favorite scene on this movie is that a touching scene between lawyer and client in which Joadson at last talks to Cinque as a man and not as a piece in a puzzle. “Give us free!” Cinque cries again and again in a powerful moment in the courtroom, indicating how irrelevant a “not guilty” verdict would be to the real facts of his case. Cinque speaks no English, but learns a little while in prison, he is very desperate to express what he feels that time. My least favorite scene or the scene that really disturbed me is when I saw that they tied a large net full of rocks to the chains of the Africans and push it off the deck of the ship and let them drowned just because they are overboard, this scene is kind of very harsh. I also felt very sad when one lady purposely fell backwards off the ship with her child, maybe she decided to this thing because she felt so hopeless and helpless on their situation. Another disturbing situation was when the shipmates were feeding the Africans it was very disgusting seeing how hungry the Africans were and how some of them didn’t even get to eat the ‘slop’ they were fed. If I had the choice to jump off the ship I wouldn't because I would want to show to myself that I can persevere through anything. If one of my family members died and I just had enough then I might consider jumping off the ship. I think that by jumping off the ship you are showing your masters your weaknesses. If I was on board then maybe if I am on the lady’s situation who backwards off the ship with her baby, I’ll do the same thing also. I will not let my child suffer anymore for in that case that I don’t know how long we will be on board suffering every day. So if I was born on this situation I’d rather choose death over slavery. Upon...
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