Critical Analysis Of Learning To Read And Write By Frederick Douglass

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In Frederick Douglass's essay "Learning to read and write” he recalls the journey to enlightenment showcasing the emotions of joy, hunger, heartache and hope. For example learning to read sparked an unstoppable joy for knowledge. In addition the discovery of that knowledge found Douglass hungry for more. Also the quest for intelligence came at a price causing him a great amount of heartache. Finally a simple thought of the future brought the hope that ultimately inspired him to persevere and succeed in learning to read and write. From the moment Frederick Douglass was given the tools to read “books” he was overcome with a joy and excitement for knowledge that inspired him to persevere regardless of the beliefs of others. As a slave Douglass was sent to live with his masters the Hugh family, during his time there his master’s wife began to teach him to read “books”. The lessons gave the young boy a chance to explore worlds he never imagined and was the beginning of an undeniable love for literature. Unfortunately when his master was informed of this he immediately halted all the lessons. Douglass recalls Mr. Hugh explaining to his wife that studying “books” was not suitable for slaves and…show more content…
Ever since he learned the letters of the alphabet Douglas was flooded with a joy for reading “books”. The hunger for enlightenment found him in the oddest of places seeking his lessons. Out of the knowledge came a pain that would have broken a normal man but in the end only fueled the drive to learn. Through the painful times it was his hope for the future and all he hoped to accomplish. Douglass’s rise from the “pit” should act a source of empowerment for anyone who has ever felt slighted, trapped or has been treated as a lesser for they are much more powerful than they

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