For many people, control is quite an interesting subject because it may come in a variety of disguises. Some of them accept it as power, while others think that it’s their freedom, but they all believe in illusions. People just think that they are really free only because they can control others, so they want to get more powerful positions. Their basic intention is to strive for power and control in their lives because they hope that it helps them get the necessary freedom and salvation while making their lives easier, but they need to realize that their freedom is unobtainable.
The antebellum south can serve as a great example that proves this statement. Basically, white people had their complete control over black slaves and their actions, and that’s why they believed that they are free. They felt comfy, safe, and happy because of having many slaves, as this is what gave them the authority and ability to monitor all of their actions and threat them. Besides, this control provided people with a certain sense of security and freedom, and this feeling was just one of their illusions because it was false.
When reading The Known World, a great story written by Edward Jones, you’ll be introduced with Henry who also believes in his false freedom. He is a man born into slavery and who works on a large plantation with many duties and minimal rights. He manages to have strong bonds with his master William Robbins, so Henry succeeds to receive more privileges than other slaves on the plantation. However, he still has no control over his own life and destiny.
When this character is finally bought out of his slavery, he makes an important decision to be a slave owner and have a plantation with the hired help. The main reason why Henry makes this life choice is that he wants to get the same control as Robbins, so he strongly believes that control will let him become free.
The Known World is the story that keeps moving back and forth different locations and time periods to tell readers interesting stories of many characters, including both black and white people. Most of these stories are centered on the lives of those people who cross the path of Henry, so they are also important for the plot and main theme. In summary, the life story of this character allows readers to understand that their true freedom can’t be obtained, regardless of the methods and tools that they have and use.
For many people, control is quite an interesting subject because it may come in a variety of disguises. Some of them accept it as power, while others think that it’s their freedom, but they all believe in illusions. People just think that they are really free only because they can control others, so they want to get more powerful positions.