An American Slave,” Douglass discusses the horrors of being enslaved and a fugitive slave. Through Douglass’s use of figurative language, diction and repetition he emphasizes the cruelty he experiences thus allowing readers to under-stand his feelings of happiness, fear and isolation upon escaping slavery. Figurative language allocates emotions such as excitement, dread and seclusion. As a slave you have no rights, identity or home. Escaping slavery is the only hope of establishing a sense of self and humanity.
Slaves were pushed and chastised simply because of the color of their skin, something they had no control over. This book gave no limitations to the image of how slaves were treated. It showed in great detail how they were beaten and tortured by their masters and the white men around them. The details depicted in this story will teach you just how hard it was to have darker skin in the 1800’s. In Douglass’ life as a slave, he endured a lot of suffering from slaveholders, overseers, and slave mistresses.
‘’ They were frequently whipped when least deserving, and escaped whipping when most deserving it.’’ (page 18). Douglass captures the audience by using parallelism to explain how the slaves was regularly whipped. Douglass use of parallelism displayed how slavery was inhuman. Douglass again uses parallelism to show how slavery was heartbroken by describing how the overseers didn’t care.
Frederick Douglass believes that slavery is terrible for slaves. In the narrative, Douglass tells the story of his early life as a slave. Douglass knew nothing much about himself. He did not know his own age, or who his father was. He was deprived of any opportunity where he would get to learn more about the outside world or himself.
“One who is a slaveholder at heart never recognizes a human being in a slave” (Angelina Grimke). This quote was created to show the effect that slavery had on not only the slave, but the slaveholder. The slaveholder would dehumanize the slave to the point where the human was no longer recognizable; instead, the slave was property. Throughout this autobiography, Frederick Douglass uses language to portray the similarities and differences between the two sides. He allows the reader to spend a day in the life of a slave to see the effects from it.
But by announcing this separation as a typical convention, Douglass is able to point out the hypocrisy in such actions. Chances are likely that the white audience will pause when they read these lines and ask themselves how this can be a tradition within a community that values family. Such a practice is strange and foreign to them, even though this is what they are doing to their own slaves, and their minds are now being open to the harsh realities that a slave endures while their slaveholders live their picturesque life with their
¨Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery.¨ This is similar to Frederick Douglass because he lived his most of his life in slavery and then after slavery ended he chose to live his life the way he wanted. Frederick Douglass was an African American slave who wanted to abolish slavery after hearing the word abolish so many times. Douglass´s audience were many other African Americans who also said slavery was a bad thing. How slavery was bad for slaves and how it corrupts slave owners.
Appeals to: (Highlight one) Commentary (3+ Objective sentences that explain how the rhetorical strategy identified is used and an analysis how that strategy appeals to the audience. ) “Mr. Covey succeeded in breaking me. I was broken in body, soul, and spirit. My natural elasticity was crushed, my intellect languished, the disposition to read departed, the cheerful spark that lingered about my eye died; the dark night of slavery closed upon me; and behold a man transformed into a brute” ( Douglass 62-63). Sentimental Appeals Pathos Logos Ethos
The history of slavery is known as brutal punishments, beatings, harsh labor, and inhumane treatment. In the film Roots and in the book Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, it portrays an image of how slaves were treated and handled back then. In book and movie there are two main characters. The fiction film, Roots, introduces the protagonist character named Kunta Kinte, and in the autobiography written by Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass writes about his journey of slavery. A similarity both of them have are the resistances against their slave masters by attempting to run away.
Frederick Douglass wrote his narrative as a freeman, therefore, he is able to reflect on his life as a slave and decode the cryptic artifice of his former slave owners. Douglass lived a harsh life in the south before he made his valiant escape to the north, in order to evade further physical and mental torture. Therefore, Douglass is able to understand what it is like to be an invisible entity with a lack of identity, on physical earth. Metaphors are like string that Douglass uses to weave together a cohesive argument to support the eradication of slavery. As Douglass reminisces on his life he states that he “was made to drink the bitterest dregs of slavery...”
Perhaps, it also took Frederick Douglass courage to be able to distinguish himself as a life changer and a freeman. He knew that being free was going to be a challenge, considering the fact that he was one of the only slaves during his time that saw it necessary of to end slavery. Douglass saw himself and other just like himself in an unlawful situation, a situation that once he gained more about made it easier for him to depict what was right and wrong. He being like any other slave with fears and doubts was still able to encounter the inhuman treatment of a slave master, however going through those transitions made him a strong and brave individual because not many will stand out and take that leadership role, especially if it means the possibly
“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” As I prepare for my journey into university life and beyond, I have found that these words, spoken by Frederick Douglass, have become a great inspiration to me. As an African American who truly understood the value of knowledge, his life has shown me the true beauty and importance of what I am seeking to gain. Douglass took responsibility to learn by creating his own opportunities, shared his knowledge willingly with others, and truly understood its value through the application of what he learned. As a slave, Douglass was not given the chance to attend school. The convenience of a readily available curriculum and steady learning schedule were not his to enjoy.
The American person has no true ideals, or beliefs that make him or her up. Americans are free to believe in what they want, think what they want, preach what they want, and most importantly say what they want . Authors such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Frederick Douglass, and Walt Whitman show in their texts such as “Self-Reliance” , The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass , and “I Celebrate Myself” that there is no true definition of the American identity. The American identity can be seen in the many aspects of peoples lives, and a a quality that many Americans portray is the ability to have individual thoughts and emotions as well as the capability to not conform to society because they stand up for their own individual rights. A