Issue Essays:


Born for the Fields?:  Alea's Construction of Slavery Justification and Revolution

     Before I start this essay, I feel the need to remind the reader that I find slavery in
     all its forms to be an oppressive and terrible institution, and I firmly believe that for
     centuries (including this one) bigotry is one of the most terrible stains on our
     civilization.  The views I intend to express in the following essay are in no way meant to
     condone the practices of slavery or racism; they are meant only to evaluate and
     interpret the construction of slavery in film....


THE LAST SUPPER -- THE STORY OF CONDONING SLAVERY

(see a video about the treatment of slaves)

     The Support of Slavery in the Bible

     The Last Supper condones slavery through the use of the Bible.  The whole movie
     is the relation of a religious event that took place in the time of Christ to a period in the
     history of the Americas when slavery was commonplace.  The Last Supper scene at the
     core of the film is an exact replication of Leonardo DaVinciís painting of the actual
     Last Supper, which consisted of Christ and his twelve disciples sitting at a table for the
     last time together....