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Selfishness in a Respectable Trade

Posted by Jacqueline Heller on October 14, 2002 at 14:59:19:

In Reply to: Re: Why does Moses care? posted by Jacqueline Heller on October 14, 2002 at 14:51:29:

The person who is the most selfish with the movie by far must be Josiah. He only cares about his material wealth and personal being. He enters into marraige with Frances only for personal gain, he knows that it is his only opportunity to make it into 'gentile' society and he exploits her for this. He also marries her for he knows she, as a refined woman and an intellectual, she will be able to increase the value of his slaves when he forces her to teach them. When his ship sinks, he feels no remorse for the collasal loss of life, 600 people died, kidnapped from their respective homelands, he cries and goes into hysterics when he realizes the profit in gold that he lost, and that his uninsured ship was also now being decomposed at the ocean's floor. He even disregards his own sister for his own material wealth and want to be accepted into higher society. If are going to be talking of materialistic and selfish persons, we should be talking of the most honorable Josiah Cole.

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