"I yielded," he reflects, "Who with a grain of manhood well resolv'd / Might easily have shook off all her snares: / But foul effeminacy held me yok't / Her Bondslave
In his essay "Othello and Venice: Discrimination and Projection" Alessandro Serpieri observes of the play's lexicon that "bondage, bondslave
and, above all, bound significantly recur in crucial passages." (47) In Juan Latino the juxtaposition of imagery of the enslavement of blacks and more abstract forms of bondage is evident; when Juan vows to adorn love's walls with a black man in chains, it is clear he is alluding to slavery because he is himself a black slave.
The most evil deceit resides in the conceit of those who pretend to be a friend and achieve their end by flattery, bribery, or coercion; those who fall victim to such evil remain forever the bondslave
of their Overseer.
"O glorious strength/Put to the labour of a Beast, debas't/Lower than bondslave
!" To Samson, the gift carries expectations/ burdens and rewards.
But, once he finds himself in the position of master to a bondslave, the colonial narrative and his own take on similar hues.
The servant/slave is attached to his master by stronger bonds than steel; his function is to validate his master, and make him whole, much in the way that Hegel later described the relationship of master and bondslave. The mutual dependency of the two lies in their complementarity in mind/body, savage/gentleman, reason/passion oppositions.
Included here are not only the poems "concerned entirely with slavery and freedom" but those that "mention the bondslave
, confinement, and liberty" as well.
Brabanzio in Othello judges that "if such actions las Othello's eloping with Desdemona] may have passage free, / Bondslaves
and pagans shall our statesmen be" (1.2.98-99), while Polixenes in The Winters Tale says that his son Florizel is "[n]ow my sworn friend and then mine enemy; / My parasite, my soldier, statesman, all" (1.2.166-67).
The epigraph is e.e.cummings's, but the novel's title comes from the Chinese national anthem: "Arise, ye who refuse to be bondslaves
Her Saviour has taken her from among the bondslaves
of Satan, and placed her in charge of a flowering garden, not amid the dust and blood of the battle." Further, "Disdain not this humble ministry, my sisters; it is God's plan; it answers your own cravings, it is endorsed by your own tender intuitions." (12) That kind of logic (or should I say illogic?) regarding women deacons and ministers has existed in every century of Baptist life.
The inhabitants of that world, the Indians, were believed to be trapped in "the snare of the Divell." John White considered these people to be "men transformed into beasts, "the very "bondslaves
of Sathan." (Carrol 11)