Through his story, Douglass proves that slavery has negative effects on slaveholders. He uses imagery, flashbacks, and characterization to persuade the reader of the true nature of slavery. His deep thoughts and insights of slavery and the unbalanced power between a slaveholder and his slave are unprompted for a social establishment. Douglass insists that slaveholding fills the soul with sadness and bitter anguish. In addressing effects of slavery on masters cause one man to rethink his moral character and better understand the laws of humanity.
In the excerpt of the “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass 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.
PAGE 2 In the Narrative Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass, he uses this text to explain his purpose in “throwing light on the American slave system”, or show it for what it really is, as well as show his position on how he strongly believes slavery is an issue that needs to be addressed and how it differs from those who defended slavery, with experiences from his own life to support his argument. Douglass uses experience from his early days as a young slave to throw light on the aspect of physical abuse. According to his narrative, Douglass states, “Master, however, was not a humane slaveholder. It required extraordinary barbarity on the part of an overseer to affect him. He was a cruel man, hardened by a
The forceful separation from his lover, first physically and then later in death, is all too empathetic in its realism. The poem evokes a painful image which demands sympathy over the Dying Negro and his brethren’s plight, many whom share his and his lover’s fate. Lynn Festa argues ‘the power of Day’s poem to humanise it's speaker rests in part upon a sentimentalised vision of the encounter between innocent African victims and rapacious British traders…Pity rehumanises the slave both from his interlocutor’s perspective, and, significantly, from his own vantage point; it is because his beloved sees him as human that he regains his will to become so.’ Moreover, Day and Bicknell cast the Dying Negro as the sentimental hero in their poem, creating a valiant and noble character in defiance to society’s preconceived conceptions of Africans. In sentimental literature and poetry, the sentimental hero is heightened by his ability to empathise with others and react sensitively to what is happening around him. In Day and Bicknell’s poem, the Dying Negro soothes himself by imagining his lover with him, stating: What fond affection in my bosom reigns!
He describes her by using words like “tender-hearted woman”, “pious” or “heavenly qualities”. He also does so by describing the pain that he felt when he was stuck with the word “abolitionist” and how fearful he was to ask some of his white fellows its definition. He says for instance that he was “tormented” and “envied [his] fellow-slaves for their stupidity”. He also uses pathos by narrating his childhood, we all cherish your childhood, we tend to focus on the good memories more than the bad ones. When talking about your childhood memories usually we tend to feel nostalgic.
Group Essay on Frederick Douglass “That this little book may do something toward throwing light on the American slave system”, and that Frederick Douglass does in his eponymous autobiography. Douglass throws light by dispelling the myths of the slave system, which received support from all parts of society. To dispel these myths Douglass begins to construct an argument composed around a series of rhetorical appeals and devices. Douglass illustrates that slavery is dehumanizing, corrupting, and promotes Christian hypocrisy. Using telling details, Douglass describes the dehumanizing effects of the slave system which condones the treatment of human beings as property.
He uses “fraud”, “pitiable”, “violence”, “groaning captivity”, “cruel oppression”, “guilty”, and “criminal” in his letter. He used these words because they personally resonated with Jefferson. They refer to slavery, but they could also describe many aspects of the status of the colonies before the Revolution. This connection from slavery to the Revolution, along with the inherent connotation of the words, appealed to Jefferson’s emotions, giving him an unfavorable view of slavery and further convincing him to favor the dissolution of
To begin, Banneker uses an intricate choice of words to express how unhappy he is with slavery and those who allow it. Also, by doing so, Banneker is appealing to Jefferson emotionally and logically. In lines 42-46, Banneker seems very desperate and is begging Jefferson to “use other forms of punishment.”
The art of persuasion, rhetoric, has allowed speakers and writers to influence others with their words, and Benjamin Banneker uses various compositional techniques in an attempt to liberate his people. He challenges Thomas Jefferson’s pro slavery views by criticizing his racist, and hypocritical, views of blatant human persecution. The vile institution of slavery was an issue that Americans during Banneker’s time blindly accepted. By using allusions to American history, Banneker attempted to prove that Jefferson was a hypocrite of his own American beliefs. Banneker makes a plethora of references to Jefferson’s hypocrisy, such as the line “you cannot acknowledge that the present freedom and tranquility which you enjoy you have mercifully received and that it is the peculiar blessing of Heaven”.
Reals of Slavery The powerful rhetoric, through purposeful words, anecdotes, and details show how they influence America to see the evils of slavery.The evils of slavery demonstrate how the slaves were whipped and shows this with rhetoric words in his autobiography “Frederick Douglass”. Powerful rhetoric helps Douglass influence for the abolitionist movement. Douglass uses powerful words to show the evils of slavery for the abolitionist movement. Slaves not knowing of their age as animals, show how just brutal there were as knowing little as their family too. Acknowledging, how slaves are treated compared with animals knowing “little of their age as horses know of theirs”(17).
When people talk about slavery they more or less tend to label the good ones who were against slavery into the North and then the monsters as being the Southerners. Stowe showed the readers that this isn’t true, and that you can’t just point and blame that easily. Through Tom’s owners, Mr. Shelby and St. Clare, Stowe showed us the reality of kindness that some Southern slave owners possessed. Both of these slave owners believed it wrong to harm their slaves and to treat them with any type of cruelty. St. Clare tended to share his opinions on slavery, and Stowe used this character to show how many Southerners thought slavery to be an act of iniquity, but were too stubborn to try and change the ways of their society.
Fredrick Douglas and Harriet Jacobs both reveal captivating accounts of their personal experiences of slavery and their fight for freedom and equality. Both speak of the immortality of the physical and mental abuse when depicting the “brutal whippings”, mental deception, as well as the heart ache of never seeing your family members. They found favor with masters who would allow them to learn to read and write and eventually freedom in the north. However, what is revealed so often, and is still very prevalent today is male privilege. The difference between male and female provides explanation not only for many of the differences of the writing styles that are shared in Douglass’s and Jacobs’s autobiographies, but also for the accounts of
For example, open Black support of harsh punishment and law enforcement may seem hypocritical because in reality these policies and practices contribute to mass incarceration of Blacks. Alexander clarifies that Black support is more complex than it appears and can be attributed to a combination of complicity and wanting better safety for their communities and families (Alexander, 2012, p.210). Alexander also offers a unique perspective throughout the entire book by explaining how the systems of slavery and oppression have affected White individuals and not merely in the form of privilege or the dismissal of White people as simply as racist individuals. I resonated with one particular section discussing the "White victims of racial caste" (Alexander, 2012, p.204); the author 's anecdote of a white woman falling in love with a Black man and due to miscegenation laws could not have children. I could relate to this story on a deeply personal level in that my own parents experienced extreme and countless hurdles due to their interracial relationship and having biracial
Because of this, he successfully creates a contrast between what the slave owners think of and treat the slaves and how they are. Douglass says that slave’s minds were “starved by their cruel masters”(Douglass, 48) and that “they had been shut up in mental darkness” (Douglass, 48) and through education, something that they were deprived of, Frederick Douglass is able to open their minds and allow them to flourish into the complex people that they are. By showing a willingness to learn to read and write, the slaves prove that they were much more than what was forced upon them by their masters. Thus, in The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass is able to represent slaves as dehumanized property with the sole purpose of working their masters land until the day they die. Douglass also successfully represents slaves as intelligent people who wish to learn and begin to see the world for themselves, not through the eyes of a slave master.
While the change of mentality with Mrs. Auld may support Douglass’ claim that slavery was injurious to both the slaves and the slave owners, the truth of the matter was that the slaves were the ones who suffered the injurious effects that slave owners went through. Treating slaves as property affected slave owners mentally, but physically the consequence was endured by the slaves. Slave owners believed that an unmanageable slave was of no use to them as the slave owners believed that the slaves would be unhappy, “ He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master. As to himself, it could do him no good, but great deal of harm. It would make him discontented and unhappy” (Pg 20).