In the essays, “The Joy of Reading and Writing; Superman and Me” and Frederick Douglass’s “Chapter 7: Learning to Read and Write”, Sherman Alexie and Frederick Douglass write about their hardships and challenges they faced while learning how to read and write due to their social economic status. Despite the fact that Alexie and Douglass are incredibly different people, they both use education for freedom and a sense of self-worth. Alexie and Douglass both struggled to receive education and struggled mentally and physically because of their social economic status. Although, Alexie and Douglass both experienced these hardships, they saw the world through a totally different perspective. Alexie saw the world in a more positive manner than Douglass
Before I began reading excerpt on Frederick Douglass the first thing I did was read the title. The title provides the topic of what the excerpt will be about. For this excerpt the title was, Learning to Read and Write. After reading the title I came up with the assumption that the reading would be about how Frederick Douglass came to learn to read and write. Then I proceeded to read the small paragraph which gave me a little background of Frederick Douglass. I had already know the Douglass was a slave who decided to run away, but I didn’t know that work on a newspaper called the North Star. After reading the background I predicted that the text would be about how Douglass struggled to learn to read and write considering he was a slave. Being
In “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave”, Frederick Douglass emphasizes the importance of education in empowering the oppressed and ending discrimination. He accomplishes this by outlining his struggle to freedom through education. Frederick Douglass believed that all people are created equal, but also believed that we weren't just born free, we have to make ourselves into who we are. Giving this, education and self-improvement were incredibly important to him.
After reading Frederick Douglass’s essay “How I Learned to Read and Write”, I found that it is a difficult read as it involves a lot of perplexing and unfamiliar language style. I had to take notes and highlight certain phrases and fragments in order to understand his life story about reading. At the beginning, it was challenging to understand the idea he was suggesting – how his struggle to read lead him to a new world for him and changed his perspective about slavery. However, in the end, the essay is almost self-explanatory as it concludes that he managed to learn how to write, enables him to communicate better. One of the biggest difficulties I had when reading this paper was due to the confusing language and metaphors that leads to the
Douglass lives in Hugh Auld’s household for about seven years. During this time, he is able to learn how to read and write, from his mistress Mrs. Auld, who no longer taught him, for how cruel she became. Douglass had already learned the alphabet and was determined to learn how to read and write. When he was twelve, Douglass reads a book called The Columbian Orator, which was about a master and a slave. The book helps Douglass to fully understands slavery, and grows to have so much hatred towards it.
After Douglass taught himself how to write, he began to feel a sense of pride. He would often find himself in competitions with others. Douglass explains, “After that, when I met with any boy who I knew could write, I would tell him I could write as well as he” (Douglass 105). This is one example of Douglass regaining his sense of self-confidence. In addition, he formed relationships through reading and writing.
Douglass belong to a well off family. The woman of the house thought him how to read and write some things. Until her husband found out that she was teaching him, then she suddenly stopped and was angry at Douglass, when he was reading. They felt like he would listen to the Irishman when he said “They both advised me to run away to the north; that I should find friends there, and that I should be free.” After losing his only source of teaching he resorted to the lest fortunate white kids for help.
The Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass shows the imbalance of power between slaves and their masters. In his book, Douglass proves that slavery is a destructive force not only to the slaves, but also for the slaveholders. “Poison of the irresponsible power” that masters have upon their slaves that are dehumanizing and shameless, have changed the masters themselves and their morality(Douglass 39). This amount of power and control in contact with one man breaks the kindest heart and the purest thoughts turning the person evil and corrupt. Douglass uses flashbacks that illustrate the emotions that declare the negative effects of slavery.
The legendary abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass was one of the most important social reformers of the nineteenth century. Being born into slavery on a Maryland Eastern Shore plantation to his mother, Harriet Bailey, and a white man, most likely Douglass’s first master was the starting point of his rise against the enslavement of African-Americans. Nearly 200 years after Douglass’s birth and 122 years after his death, The social activist’s name and accomplishments continue to inspire the progression of African-American youth in modern society. Through his ability to overcome obstacles, his strive for a better life through education, and his success despite humble beginnings, Frederick Douglass’s aspirations stretched his influence through
Rhetorical Analysis of "How to Read and Write" (Frederick Douglass) During an era of slavery, Jim Crow Laws, and no hopes of abolition, Frederick Douglass invites his audience into a world where slavery enters the kindest of souls, and purifies the soul to have nothing but hatred and anger. In the empowering narrative, “Learning to Read and Write”, Douglass enunciates the cruelty of slavery and its pervasive impacts, with the help of Douglass’ vast journey to ultimately gain his thinking skills through reading and writing. Douglass expresses these actions with elaborate metaphors and immaculate details that keeps the audience on their toes to witness what happens next. Growing up as a slave, Douglass became curious about the art of reading
Douglass believe education was the strength for slaves to gain freedom. Douglass finally succeeded in learning how to write when he was left alone by his mistress and started to practice writing in his Master Thomas’s copy-book. Learning how to read and write help Douglass see slavery as intolerable cruel punishment, so he did not sleep until he became free. By doing so, Frederick Douglas began to write in support of
Mrs. Auld taught Douglass his ABCs and how “to spell words of three or four letters”, but stopped when her husband told her it was illegal to educate a slave (Douglass 1196). Douglass found others to teach him to read (1197-1199). When he was twelve, Douglass read “The Columbian Orator” and learned about emancipation (1199). 4.
Learning To Read and Write is an autobiography Written by Frederick Douglass. Douglass was born into slavery, and moved into his final master’s home when he was a young boy. From the start Douglass was giving schooling from his mistress, however this came to an abrupt ending when Douglass’ master walked into a lesson and became furious. In spite of his lessons coming to an end, Frederick Douglass was determined to learn to read and write so he could escape his life of slavery and enter a new found life of freedom. With his determination Douglass was ready to do anything to learn.
For Frederick Douglas, he believes that being able to read and write would mean that he can be free. There would be some obstacles and challenges that he, and other slaves would have to face in order to gain literacy and be at once “free.” I believe that what he means by the freedom they will have is, if slaves would have gain knowledge and education, then this would make them see and recognize themselves as human beings or “men” rather than slaves. What’s hard for them is that their slaves owner deprives them of that opportunity to be able to read and write. Take for example the mistress that Douglas mention and how she couldn’t bare see Douglas have a newspaper. She couldn’t see Douglas being human [reading the newspaper] because she has
In Frederick Douglass’s narrative essay titled “Learning to Read” he recalls his journey to literacy. Throughout the essay Douglass reveals how he learned to read and write, despite the fact that education was strictly prohibited to slaves. Initially, Douglass learned how to read through his mistress, but he later learned from the little white boys on the streets. As for learning to write, he often times observed ship carpenters and replicated the copy-books of his Master’s son. Frederick Douglass did not have the same opportunities students have today, yet despite his adversities, Douglass was able to become a literate slave, and ultimately free himself from slavery with the power of