- 1+ 7- 1
I Want to Live
Robert: "If you want to survive, do and say as little as possible. Survival's not about certain death, it's about keeping your head down."
Solomon Northup/Platt: "Days ago I was with my family, in my home. Now you tell me all is lost. Don't tell no one who I am? That's the way to survive? Well, I don't want to survive. I want to live."
Fellow slave Robert explains to Solomon how to stay out of trouble under the ownership of Epps. Solomon isn't interested in simply surviving, he wants his life back.
- 2+ 5- 0
They're My Property
Samuel Bass: "The conditions of your laborers, it's all wrong."
Edwin Epps: "They're my property."
Samuel Bass: "You say that with pride."
Edwin Epps: "I say it as fact."
Samuel Bass tries to explain to Edwin Epps that he could have a little compassion towards those working for him. Epps on the other hand doesn't see them as people, simply property, his property.
- 3+ 5- 0
I Will Survive
- 4+ 4- 1
I Was Born a Free Man
Solomon Northup/Platt: "I was born a free man, lived with my family from New York, until the day I was deceived, kidnapped, sold into slavery."
Solomon explains his story. He was born free and lived a nice life with his family until he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Years have passed but he still holds out hope that one day he will return to that life and those he loves.
- 5+ 1- 0
Well Traveled for a Slave
Solomon Northup/Platt: "I want to ask you what part of the country you come from."
Samuel Bass: "I originate from Canada. Now guess where that is."
Solomon Northup/Platt: "Oh I know where Canada is. I've been there myself."
Samuel Bass: "You're well traveled for a slave."
Samuel Bass, a Canadian abolitionist, treats Solomon like any other slave. This soon changes however when Bass begins to suspect that Solomon is no average slave. This changes both of their lives forever.
- 6+ 1- 0
I Did As Instructed
John Tibeats: "I thought I told you to commence to putting on clappers."
Solomon Northup/Platt: "Yes, master, I'm about it. These have all been replaced."
John Tibeats: "Well didn't I tell you to get a keg of nails?"
Solomon Northup/Platt: "And so I did."
John Tibeats: "God damn you. I thought you knowed something."
Solomon Northup/Platt: "I did as instructed. If there's something wrong, it's wrong with the instruction."
John Tibeats: "You bastard. You god damn black bastard. You strip your clothes. Strip!"
Solomon Northup/Platt: "I will not."
John Tibeats isn't a fan of Solomon and the feeling is mutual. Accordingly, when John confronts Solomon about doing a job incorrectly, Solomon explains that he followed directions so if the job was wrong, John must have explained it incorrectly.
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