In Frederick Douglass’s narrative, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, he tells his story of what it was like to be a slave. Douglass was born into slavery. He spent his childhood and and some of his adulthood as a slave, and after many years was ready to be free. He tells us of how slavery is terrible for slaves, and how slavery corrupts slaveholders. With this, he decides that after years of not knowing what slavery was, and years of having to hide in the shadows, Douglass was ready to shine light on the American Slave System.
‘’ 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.
In Frederick Douglass’s autobiography, My Bondage and My Freedom, Frederick Douglass discusses the political issues dealing with slavery. He uses diction to explain his complications of gaining knowledge and the struggles of being a slave. Douglass was a slave and as most people know, slaves weren’t supposed to be able to read or write. However, Douglass was fortunate enough to have someone who was willing to teach him, but it happened to be his master’s wife. However, the master made the mistress turn on Douglass and she started treating him just as the other slaves were treated.
Through the literary works they made people aware of the injustice and inhumanity that slavery was based on and because if its written form they had impact on many generations coming years and decades later. Phillis Wheatley through poems appeals to the intellectual side of the people while Frederick Douglas using slave narrative in his autobiography introduces readers to cruelty and blooded side of black’s oppression. Even though they used different literary convention, they both became an inspiration for long-term changes that transformed the United Stated and it is still visible in current times. By affecting minds and souls of society, they inscribed themselves in American literary tradition
“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.
Slavery had many affects on the slaves including that of knowledge and heritage. Slavery had hurt many people and had affected the slaves deeply. Both Frederick Douglass and Phillis Wheatley have shown us examples of the hardships of being a slave at the time. Douglass’s Narrative and Wheatley's poem both share similar ideas against slavery. With Douglass’s Narrative and Wheatley's poem, I can describe, analyze and compare both of them.
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.
Through this, she conveys the pain and hopelessness that so many felt as they had no choice but to obey a white man’s demands and needs. They were all treated as objects rather than human beings. Gyasi further emphasizes this through the story of Ness. On a plantation in America, Ness experiences the brutality and savagery many slave owners imposed on their slaves: “The Devil shows no mercy… She is beaten until the whip snaps off her back like pulled taffy, and then she is kicked to the ground” (81).
These women with beautiful, pure souls were wiped off their self identity and value. They were unknowledgeable of such richness they contained, due to acts of unkind treatment. This treatment passed down caused psychological issues, such as poor self esteem to these women. The actions of being treated as nothing gave them the idea, they were merely dirt on the ground that people walked on. Nothing to the white race they were, but to the generation they created looked to them in awe.
His “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave”, (Document G) makes emotional reading (lurid descriptions like "bitterest dregs of slavery" or "broken in body, mind, and soul" elicited reactions of disgust and dejection, which is the what abolitionists were hoping for) and showed that ultimately a slave, long thought to be a possession and less than human, was very much a person with reason and intellect. It provides unsurmountable proof that like any man, a slave deserved a life of dignity and liberty. His work shed light on the constant hard-working and abusive lifestyle that slaves
Forms of Oppression Today Society has a unique way of viewing women and labeling them as “submissive”. Even though there is a typical view of women, imagine having to deal with stereotypes for being a black woman in the time of slavery. The picture changes for a woman. First, she is no longer a woman but instead she is property in a man’s eye. Next, she is not assumed to be “weak” or “submissive” but she was told and taught that she and has no power or say so to change it.
The document Frederick Douglass Narrative, excreted from his 1845 autobiography, is about his life as a child slave on a plantation. Vividly describing his childhood in his opening chapters, readers get the full effect of what not only happened to Douglass, but what was also the norm for most of American slaves. He wrote about his knowledge and experiences as a child slave, and gave readers the true meaning of what slave families went through, in comparison to what was published in the media by whites. One of the main arguments presented in Douglass’s autobiography is the way women are treated and how they live as a family. From a very young age, before he was even a year old, Douglass was separated from his African mother, Harriet Bailey,
“The Narrative of Frederick Douglass” displays many historical context of racism. African-Americans were discriminated and dehumanized as animals. This persuaded other Americans of considering racism as a natural law that was encouraged to partake in. Racism in the United States was invented partly to justify that African-Americans were enslaved partly because of their physical differences from whites. Douglass became grew tiresome with racism.
Despite its controversy of whether it was right or wrong, slavery plays a significant role in the history of the United States. Individuals whom were lucky enough to be born white and own property might be in a situation in which they were able to have, what was believed to be, the privilege of owning slaves. On the contrary, those determined to be of less value solely because of their African descent where destined to a life of service. A life that was not glamorous or envied by anyone not so unfortunate to be in the position of being owned by another. Slavery played a part in the admission of states into the Union when it was required that for each free state that was admitted a slave state also had to be allowed as well.