Group C Mess Post

The privilege vs. chore binary that was introduced by a fellow classmate in a previous binary post is something that can be addressed with by talking about “The Planter’s Son” from The Rose Bud Wreath. In “The Planter’s Son”, Jim, the slave, doesn’t want to do his master’s bidding. He “grumbles” and “affects not to hear” his master’s orders (66). William is furious and goes to harm Jim, but is stopped by his brother. However, in so doing, William actually nearly fatally injures his brother. Jim, seeing all of this, comes up to William and says, ” ‘Nudder time me gwine to fetch to fetch Mass Billy horse’ “(69).  Jim, who is so full of guilt, tells his master that something like this will never happen again.

The binary introduced previously was that chores, as opposed to privileges, are completely unfulfilling and boring. After witnessing a traumatic event, however, Jim doesn’t believe that his chores are unfulfilling or boring. He is racked with so much guilt that his complaints about chores disappear. In that moment, the previously mentioned binary is complicated, because while the chore might still be boring as an obligation, Jim’s guilt from this moment will never cause him to complain about his duties again.

Otherwise, someone might die.

Gilman, Caroline Howard. “The Planter’s Son.” The Rose-Bud Wreath.Charleston .: Published by S. Babcock, 1841. 63-70. Print.

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