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Judy Simon Ms Munch English 102 2400 Of all the atrocities man has endured none has caused more misery and destruction to the soul than human bondage also identified as slavery It is illustrated in Louisa May Alcotts story My Contraband originally published The Brothers The Civil War was fought over slavery It pitted brother against brother but this did not kill these brothers it was the deep and festering hatred they had for each other that sent them to their early graves The story these individuals create is complex and depressing the main character Robert is a contraband a slave who has come to the North to seek freedom Instead of finding freedom he finds his half brother Ned and his wife Lucy After the death of his master Robert arrives from the South to freedom in the North to work in a hospital caring for wounded men of the war His assignment is to help Miss Dane a nurse tend to a dying Rebel Miss Dane appears to be the narrator in the story She is aware of Roberts troubled existence and observes despair from the moment their encounter Upon their first meeting she sensed sadness from deep within him she remarked I had seen colored people in what they call the black sulks when for days they neither smiled nor spoke and scarcely ate But this was something more than that 528 Miss Dane appears to be a compassionate person nursing comes easy to her and she lacks intolerance regarding Roberts color She had wanted to know and comfort him and following the impulse of the moment I went in and touched him on the shoulder529 This is an example of her compassionate view of the contraband She believed that black boys are far more faithful and handy than some of the white scamps 528 Robert is content to stay with the rebel even though he has typhoid When
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