In a well-developed essay, answer the following questions on The Middle Passage: 1) Discuss the stripping away of tribal jewelry (cowry shells and necklaces) and the branding of enslaved Africans prior to boarding the slave ship. Why is this dual process of dehumanization significant?

In a well-developed essay, answer the following questions on The Middle Passage:

1) Discuss the stripping away of tribal jewelry (cowry shells and necklaces) and the branding of enslaved Africans prior to boarding the slave ship.
Why is this dual process of dehumanization significant?

2) Several scholars of Africana history have named the slave hold the “abyss.”
How does the abyss reflect the plight of enslaved Africans during the Middle Passage?

3) Why does the narrator emphasize the difference between the sailors’ burials at sea and the careless disposal of enslaved Africans during the voyage?

4) What is the historical significance of the slave revolt that took place on the ship?