12 Years a Slave


Solomon Northup

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Emily Berry Character Analysis

Emily is Eliza’s young, beautiful daughter and Randall’s sister. She is likely the daughter of Eliza’s last owner. The cruel slave dealer, Theophilus Freeman, refuses to sell Emily, even when Ford offers to buy both Eliza and Emily for the sake of keeping them together. Eliza never sees her daughter again.
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Emily Berry Character Timeline in 12 Years a Slave

The timeline below shows where the character Emily Berry appears in 12 Years a Slave. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...Randall whom Solomon had met previously, as well as a young, beautiful, light-complexioned girl named Emily. Eliza explains that she was the slave of a rich man in Washington D.C. named... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...is bought first, and the man who buys him can’t afford to buy Eliza and Emily as well, despite Eliza’s pleas and tears. As Randall is taken away, he says, “Don’t... (full context)
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That night, many of the slaves come down with smallpox. Solomon, Eliza, Emily, and Harry grow so ill that they are taken to the hospital, where they remain... (full context)