Some newly captured slaves, like Captain Tomba, resisted violently. They killed their captors, even though they knew their odds of escape were virtually nonexistent. Others went on hunger strikes or even attempted suicide. Some women, like "Sarah," attempted to better their positions through sexual relations with slavers. Some hurled themselves overboard, depriving their captors of the profits they could have made from their bodies. But perhaps the most important form of resistance described by Rediker is less tangible:
Amid the brutal imprisonment, terror, and premature death, they managed a creative, life-affirming response: they fashioned new languages, new cultural practices, new bonds, and a nascent community among themselves aboard the ship...Their creativity and resistance made them collectively indestructible, and herein lay the greatest magnificence of the drama.
Under these circumstances, slaves managed to maintain their humanity, and begin to fashion a small (and short-lived, as they were bound for sale to different masters) measure of community.