Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2016)
Treatment of slavery in Lloyd C Douglas’ the robe
Author(s): Crispine Shiny, Dr. Helen Unius Backiavathy
Abstract: Lloyd C. Douglas’, The Robe is an American historical novel published in the year 1942. It unfolds the story of a Roman military tribune who commanded the unit that crucified Jesus. The novel is portrayed as an answer in the form of fiction to the question of what had happened to the Roman soldier who won the robe of Jesus through the dice. The novel depicts slave trade that was practiced in the Roman regime. The slaves were treated mercilessly and were regarded as objects. In the novel, Demetrius is the slave of Marcellus and he plays a vital role in helping his master. He is pictured as a faithful servant to his Master who toiled for his master without anticipating any gain for himself. The paper is an attempt to bring to light how the slave in the novel reduces himself to the extent of being called as an ass and camel. He was a lonely slave but he considered himself as fortunate because his companion was the robe which he held very close as if it contained some inexplicable remedy for heartache.