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After learning about how badly slaves were treated in the ante bellum south many people wonder as to why more slaves didnt run away or rebel In the book Kindred Octavia Butler shows that the fear of running away and the consequences of getting caught were reasons to stay in slavery and not rebel The fear of the possible effects prevented many slaves from attempting to run away When the main character Dana was planning to run away to meet her husband she collected some food for her journey I had heard of runaway slaves starving before they reached freedom or poisoning themselves because they were as ignorant as I was about which wild plants were edible 170 Starvation was a major issue to slaves once they had run away They didnt know what they should and should not eat and they were not fed regularly like they were used to This discouraged potential runaway slaves After Dana was captured from attempting to runaway she compared Alice to herself and thought about how ignorant she was Wed both run and been brought back she in days I in only hours I probably knew more than she did about the general layout of the Eastern Shore She knew only the area shed been born and raised in and she couldnt read a map I knew about towns and rivers miles away-and it hadnt done me a damned bit of good177 This shows that once a slave had escaped they were completely on their own They didnt know where to go and probably had never stepped a foot outside the plantation they were born on Even if they did have a map it is likely that it wouldnt be very useful because most slaves couldnt read These situations of being on their own probably made slaves attempting to run away think twice The slaves knew the consequences of being caught which discouraged them from running away Dana
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