During the first part of the novel, the narrator also killed herself. With the self induced death of the narrator, Clora, three women in successive generations had killed themselves.
This violent reaction to the misery of slavery was also illustrated in the novel Family. The murder of the slave owner was a historical example of slave resistance. Clora's mother responded to the Master's unilateral control of her life by killing him before she killed herself. When the Master assigned her to have sex with his son, he had gone too far. Although slaves had come to accept many humiliating circumstances, the relationships between slaves and slave owners had formal and informal boundaries. Forced sex with the master of the plantation apparently was within the boundary of slave relations for Clora's mother. Serving the sexual appetite of his young son was outside those boundaries. Her resistance was strong and severe. This fictional account of a slave owner's murder can be compared with the historical example in the publication Cultivation And Culture, Labor And The Shaping Of Slave Life In The Americas. The situation in Culture and Cultivation involved Samuel Martin, a slave owner on the island of Antigua who f