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Dehumanization played a crucial role in Beloved slavery and the civil war by demoralizing degrading and insulting African Americans In Beloved the slaves were dehumanized throughout the story There were many instances where a slave was demoralized degraded or abused There were many instances where one would get the bit In chapter seven Paul D explains how he had the bit in his mouth I couldnt I had a bit in my mouth Morrison 69 This is an example of a slave being physically abused Paul D said this statement when Sethe confronted him about the rape He was saying how he couldnt speak up because he had the bit in his mouth It prevented him from talking He had no way of communicating In the first amendment of the Constitution the authors state that all men have the right to freedom of speech By having a bit in ones mouth preventing them from speaking it therefore denies the right of the first amendment It is one of societys God-given rights to be able to speak when Paul D has the bit in his mouth he is essentially reduced to something less than human He has been turned into an object He cannot speak he cannot be free he is someones property he is an object Humans were not created to be owned and operated like a machine In this case Paul D is and therefore is dehumanized Bestiality was a major depiction of dehumanization in this book The book graphically explains how men had sex with calves This was a last resort The men were not allowed to have sexual intercourse with the women unless they were reproducing therefore as a result of desperation they resorted to animals While the men did have their own choice to have sex with the animals Morrison is showing how sex for pleasure is natural instinct for humans and because their owners did not allow them to have
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