As non-whites in America, they were met with greater discrimination as the representatives of their races. Frederick Douglass was able to escape slavery and prove equality with whites. When he was first forbidden to learn to read, he overheard his master telling his wife that: If you teach that nigger (speaking of myself) how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave.
Douglass empathizes with other slaves, and their morbid conditions and lack of affection has made the community family, because of this Douglass is determined to devote his life to promote the abolitionist movement. When expressing gratitude towards being translated to the plantations in Baltimore, Douglas projects he is very true to himself when he recites, “I prefer to be true to myself, even at incurring the ridicule of others than to be false and incur my own abhorrence.” Pg.45 This justifies Douglas’ determination and desire to remove slavery which consumed him. It became an obsession, something he was going to put everything in his power to achieve.
His actions leads the audience to change their ways, “[…] by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me” (3) conveys the audience to end slavery because even though their fathers have passed slavery down doesn’t mean they have to keep it in their family. Also, Douglass was a spiritual man, who believed in god and believed he was “[…] called upon to bring humble offerings to the national altar, and to confess the benefits and express devout gratitude for the blessings resulting from your independence to us?” (1). This interrogative sentence evokes an aware feeling because they consider the fact he is speaking to better the people and nation, not just to talk or upset anyone. With this in mind, Douglass cared more for the people than himself, although he did side with the slaves
This gave the wrong impression to the people of the fifteenth century by objectifying this mass group of people. He explains that people viewed the slaves as “beast’s” and that they are treated as such but he believes that they should still be given salvation. In the third chapter Knox made it clear that he believes slaves should be taught Christianity. One of the biggest arguments that he makes is, what is the “Divine and Human Laws”? This meaning, what constitutes as something morally right or morally wrong.
Frederick Douglass was a well known advocate against slavery, who used his own experience when enslaved to demonstrate the immorality of slavery. However, he illustrates in this autobiographical essay that his escape from slavery was not only a victorious experience but also a fearful one. By changing between his states of mind after he became a freeman Douglass demonstrates that freedom is not simply a satisfying victory but also a distrustful one. He uses this experience to underscore his point his point, that the situation of a fugitive slave is much worse than many citizens, even abolitionists, believed. WHY
Is freedom a self destructive and impractical system? According to George Fitzhugh, in his book, Slavery Justified, freedom is used to pull people down and further enhances human greed and suffering. Fitzhugh also speaks about the supposedly positive aspects of slavery while spouting logical fallacies that further prove his lack of knowledge and credibility. He describes the condition of slavery as a benefit to society. On the other hand, Frederick Douglass in his autobiography, The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, recounts his life story and how essential freedom is to him and fellow slaves.
He speaks of how the slaves have a crave for learning and the white men are not a fan. On page eighty-nine, Douglass states, “I succeeded in creating in them a strong desire to learn how to read... they had much rather see us engaged in those degrading sports, than to see us behaving intellectual, moral, and accountable beings.” This communicates the theme crystal clear because Douglass creates a sabbath school so he can educate his fellow slaves. Education makes slaves turn into more accountable beings and the more educated a slave is, the more free
He embodies the right to life on how bad he was treated and how sometimes he felt like he rather die than to keep living. A slave's life was not a life anyone should have to live. But he kept fighting because he knew once he could read and write he would be able to change the way things were. He wrote about how being a slave owner as well could put a damper on their life as well.
He reveals that he is incredibly grateful that Mr. Freeland isn’t religious. Douglass emphasizes his hatred of religious slaveholders by stating that they are not humane masters. He goes on saying that other slaveholders in his neighborhood profess that they are religious, but only use religion to justify their barbarity towards their slaves. He ends his statement about Freeland by describing him as his favorite master, second only to his own independence.
“With them, justice, liberty and humanity were “final”; not slavery and oppression.” This relates to the hardships and the fact that the people don’t recognize how terrible it is. And that these meanings of these “free” words mean something else to him and other slaves. He shows that the changes are hard but once they are made everything will be peaceful. Rhetorical features and strategies are Douglass’ forte’ in engaging with the audience.
He makes it clear that the actions that are performed by the slaveholders contradict the testament that they live so much for. Intending to target the more faithful Christian audience, Douglas remarks the character known as Captain Thomas Auld for his hypocrisy. “Master Thomas was one of the many pious slaveholders who hold slaves for the very charitable purpose of taking care of them” (33). This sentence holds much ambiguity – double meanings – to the words and description of Thomas. “Pious,” “charitable,” and “taking care,” all hold connotations of caring, loving.
John Brown was just a man who wanted to end slavery. He believed that he was the chosen one. He wanted to change the country. John Brown was a misguided Fanatic. According to dictionary.com misguided fanatic means to be mistaken by religoius belife.
It left husbands without wives, children without parents, and worst of all, a community without knowledge on how to live with rights and the feel of hope and freedom. Slave owners didn’t see slaves as human beings, but, as an easy target to acquire income. Most would see themselves on a higher level than their slaves, as if God gave them that position. The slaves would work endlessly, given little food and shelter, but slave owners, also known as masters, would justify this cruelty with the use of religion, such as, the Christian religion. For example, in the novel, “When Slavery Was Called Freedom: Evangelicalism, Proslavery, And the Causes of the Civil War,” by John Patrick Daly, it identified that the “Bible provided a perfect weapon for exposing abolitionist pretenses and winning allies for the South”.
Beliefs could be considered an essence of what makes people human, the belief in a higher power, or the lack thereof. Relating to Douglass declaring, “Is there any God? Why am I a slave. ”(10) Douglass alludes to the Israelites in the Old Testament, who constantly complain about God not helping them, but Douglass uses this allusion ironically, believing he won’t get help with or without complaining, because he has had past masters who claimed to be very religiously good people.
He argued that Christians will be disturbing the peace and those who do are rebelling and are disobedient. If you become disobedient to the king, you are also disobeying God. Boucher argues that if God wanted them to have independence they would have had it, and they should be grateful and thankful with our without it. He says “Obedience to government is every man’s duty because it is ever man’s interest; but it is particularly incumbent on Christians, it is enjoined by the positive commands of God.” (#32; pg. 101)