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Damballah John Widemans Damballah takes place back in a time where men used to buy the lives and souls of other men with just money out of their pockets Culture religion and the families of these slaves meant nothing to their captures As long as these niggers got their work done then the master was happy since this reassured him that he got his moneys worth The master of the plantation in Damballah gets a lot more than he bargained for with the purchase of a slave named Orion Orion is much different than any of the other slaves on the plantation This idea is apparent to the reader right from the beginning Orion is as Aunt Lissy describes a crazy nigger One of them wild African niggers act like he fresh off the boat Orion has refused to speak English and he has also refused to accept Christianity He has done all of this simply because he wants to desperately hold on to his escaping culture He views his insubordination as the only way to hold on to this culture and history that he can feel slipping away In the opening paragraph Orions frustration is shown when he feels that he has never learned the proper way to fish He knows that hes African and he should fish like his fellow Africans do back home However after being stolen by the white man he was denied the right to learn this style It is small things like this that upset Orion He doesnt complain about hard work or poor conditions or a mean master Instead of being upset about what he faces in the new world he is upset about what he left behind in his old world The other slaves however view his behavior as both crazy and upsetting These slaves are more racist than their master since they have dislike for white men and they also have dislike for people like
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