12 Years a Slave

by

Solomon Northrup

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Cephas Parker Character Analysis

Parker is one of Solomon’s old friends from New York. He is one of the men that Bass writes to in an attempt to rescue Solomon from slavery and restore him to freedom. Parker and his business partner, William Perry, receive the letter and forward it on to Solomon’s family, setting the ball in motion for Solomon’s rescue.
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Cephas Parker Character Timeline in 12 Years a Slave

The timeline below shows where the character Cephas Parker appears in 12 Years a Slave. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...States Hotel. During this time, Solomon forms a close relationship with two shop owners, Cephas Parker and William Perry. Solomon then interjects, noting that these two men later proved instrumental in... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...of some of Solomon’s contacts from New York, including Judge Marvin, William Perry, and Cephas Parker. (full context)
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...into town to write and send three letters—one to Judge Marvin, one to Perry and Parker, and a third to the Collector of Customs at New York. (full context)
Chapter 21
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Solomon writes that Bass sent the three letters, including one to Parker and Perry, on August 15, 1852. The letter to Parker and Perry arrives in early... (full context)
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...region of Louisiana, where he stops in the town called Marksville, where the letter to Parker and Perry was postmarked. There, he is aided by a local lawyer named John Waddill,... (full context)
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Epps demands to know who wrote the letter to Perry and Parker, and Solomon refuses to tell him. Epps vows to bring “bloody and savage vengeance” upon... (full context)