The extremely brutal and dehumanizing effects of slavery can shape one's life forever .Throughout Frederick Douglass narrative , he vividly describes his personal experiences as a slave, and portrays the devastating and dehumanizing effects of slavery. Douglass travels through many plantations, however while with Colonel Lloyd, Mr. Auld, Mr. Hugh, and Mr.Covey Douglass experiences how slaves are treated like animals, how education aided him in understanding life as a slave, and the cruelty, and brutality of slavery.
In Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass emphasizes the abuse of Aunt Hester. Aunt Hester was a “woman of noble form” (319), but she faced severe cruelties from her master. Aunt Hester was whipped in an unseemly manner, causing the “so terrified and horror stricken” (319) Douglass to hide himself in a closet. This incident left Douglass flabbergasted because he “had never seen anything like it before” (319). Douglass’s witnessing of the brutality of the slaveholders fueled a stronger sense of hatred towards slavery.
The history of slaves was a psychological and physical torture to the mind of a slave and of a master. In his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass writes about his personal experience. He was born into slavery and finally succeeds in running away to the North where slavery is illegal. Kohlberg’s six stages of moral development help explain the behavior of people. Several characters in Douglass’ book show one good example of Kohlberg’s six stages.
Douglass uses paradox to demonstrate that slavery degragrates the slaverholder. When Douglass under Mr. Sever’s care he described that: “He was less cruel, less profane… He whipped, but seemed to take no pleasure in it. ”(Douglass 24). Most slaveholders are characterized to be cruel and inhuman because of the whipping and the way they treated the slaves.
The autobiography, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, written in 1845 in Massachusetts, narrates the evils of slavery through the point of view of Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass is a slave who focuses his attention into escaping the horrors of slavery. He articulates his mournful story to anyone and everyone, in hopes of disclosing the crimes that come with slavery. In doing so, Douglass uses many rhetorical strategies to make effective arguments against slavery. Frederick Douglass makes a point to demonstrate the deterioration slavery yields from moral, benevolent people into ruthless, cold-hearted people.
In Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass give you insight on how he struggle while being a slave in the 1800’s, It shows that your current Circumstance can not defined who you are in where you trying to go in life. Douglass had the ability to overcome physical and mental abuse by teaching himself how to read and write. Frederick Douglass real name was Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey. He was born year 1818 In Tuckahoe County outside of Maryland. He was born into slavery in a time where the color of skin defined who you were.
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass contained major themes which formed the story of a former slave describing his life from being a slave to an intellectual person. The text tackled an important issue which was the ignorance where it was used as a mean to eternize slavery. Ignorance was a way to keep the slaves under the domination of the masters together with the physical cruelty. Slaves were not permitted to read and write.
It is well known that slavery was encouraged and supported by many people in the United States, but there were also individuals that disagreed on this, they were called abolitionists. Frederick Douglass is perhaps the most known abolitionist from American history. He was the one responsible for making a ton of support for the abolitionist development in the years prior to the Civil War. He, alongside numerous others, were able to gain support for and consideration regarding the abolitionist development. Individuals like him are the reason why enslavement ended in the United States.
The Douglass’s Narrative reveals very many things about the lives of the American slaves. The lives of the slaves were very hard. They were treated unfairly treated. American slave women were used for giving birth and having kids against their will. As soon as the slave child was born, they would sell the slave child.
In the Narrative of Frederick Douglass, Douglass is tasked with not only making a case for abolitionism, but also making this case to an audience that contributes to and benefits from slavery. As such, he must provide an account that is equal parts believable and moving, all the while treading the line of not alienating his target audience of white women. However, through his depiction of slavery as a corrosive agent on the family structure and ideals, Douglass makes a sentimental appeal to white women. Douglass begins by calling attention to the grave impact slavery has on the family life of the slave, starting with Douglass himself. While Douglass’s Narrative is most immediately an autobiographical text, his status as a slave severely limits his account from adhering to its structure.