9-4-20 Readings

As for “Some Memoirs for the Life of Job” these documented passages follow Jobs Life before his capturing as a slave to Annapolis, during his servitude, his rebellion to fight back against the ignorant Europeans, and his connection to God for freedom. Job transitioned to a flight or fight, observed the Europeans, and fought; however, that did not indicate that the fight was over because although Job was enlightened with experiential education and conscious of the Europeans’ capacity and drive towards explotation of lower classed people (in the European perspective,) there was now a need to educate and empower his own people to defend their nation.

Job was an entirely built story. Job had a furnished family, a job of exploration, a religious inclination to the high priest, and even though he was aware of the slave trade, it was absolutely crude how quickly his long, drawn-out biography section was broken and completely turned upside down to be degraded to a slave in which the only hope available is that Job would maintain of his old, casually developed life as an integral citizen of his African country. Job’s forced immigration as a slave was dramatically life-altering and cut into his own storyline, threatening the lives of his nation.

The Diary of John Harrower was greatly contrasted in the leniency and pressure. Job had been fighting for his life in involuntary slavery to return to his job, his family, rustle for scraps to gather to revolt and escape. On the contrary, Harrower in his diary has also a lengthy journey to immigrate, but a much more light one as he was the one voluntarily in control to search for birth onto a ship elsewhere to serve. Job had not seen his slavery title take him so fast, but Harrower had travelled, eaten, searched, and sold his belongings to save up for the opportunity to serve (indentured, not slavery).

Harrower’s greatest conflicts were of course those dangers of traveling across the Atlantic: sickly disease such as small pox, but more ubiquitously, Harrower was just a player in a societal production of unemployment and people yearning for the same opportunity he is striving for, recycling your talents/skills to apply to the life of the indentured servant in America.

Nonetheless, Harrower’s trek over the ocean was most definitely rough, and even if Job didn’t go into his experience as in depth as Harrower, I am still not doubtful Job had it worse off. Harrower’s trip over seas was characterized by beating winds, harsh whether, and death or misbehavior among passengers. Harrower was indentured for four years by a colonel to a leisurely life of welcoming culture in Harrower’s experience, but with tension between Britain and the American colonies, Harrower’s separation from his family and brother did resemble similar to Job’s helplessness and trapped position, still in a much less severe, harmlessly sanctioned manner. Even in dispute and disconnect with the mother country, Harrower from constantly given opportunity to develop in his learning, choice to go out, never seemed to miss a meal, welcoming arms by the family in the house, and he still persisted to write letters to be in some kind of communications with his family. That opportunity and leisure, even in tough times is what exhibits the distinctiveness between Job’s experience of violent, uprooting slavery from his African community in contrast to the languid, exuberant life of voluntary servitude to be sold into America from European countries (like London).

2 thoughts on “9-4-20 Readings

  1. I also found the differences of the two mens experiences very interesting. I think it speaks to the idea that although both men had hard situations, the European experience in America has overall been easier than the African experience. JOB went from having a high standing in Africa to being enslaved, where Harrower had been poor in Scotland and saw better opportunity in America.

  2. I agree with your analysis Ryle! I appreciate how you compared and contrasted JOB’s forced travel into slavery with Harrower’s more voluntary indentured servitude. I personally believe that, because his story was told from a first person narrative, Harrower’s story is easier for the reader to connect with. We are given an almost daily look into his struggles, victories, annoyances, emotional state, and more. We are able to experience the New World through his detailed account from the perspective of a European man, which in itself is also a privileged viewpoint. Contrarily, I think JOB’s story was more moving, as he was abruptly ripped from his homeland by people from his own country, forcibly sold into slavery. His arrival in the New World was quite hopeless due to his inability to control his circumstances, whereas Harrower decided to leave his family and country, which you also mentioned in you post.

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