Fredrick Douglass was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman who wrote My Bondage and Freedom which expressed his struggles and reflections about slavery. Through his journey, he has experienced the positive and the negative of being an indentured servant. Douglass has interacted with individuals who were much like as well as the people who put him down-slave-owners. The slave owner's lack of restraint and logical reasoning causes them to decline not only in the interactions with non-slave owners and interactions between other slave owners but also in economics and politics. Fredrick Douglas argues and justifies the dehumanization of slaves and explains why
The author, Olaudah Equiano, writes about his distinctive experience by expressing himself exposing his observative, vibrant, and emotional self. Abolitionists everywhere should read and share Equiano's narrative because it reveals the horrible realities of the slave trade and shatters stereotypes by presenting a slave who is intelligent and emotional. The narrative exposes the cruelty and ignorance of the nominal Christians who brutally treated the innocent slaves and managed the slave ship. A cargo filled with African slaves awaited for the young man as he embarked a journey of misery: “ When I looked around the ship...a multitude of black people of every description chained together, every one of their countenances expressing dejection and sorrow(Equiano 58).” They escorted the young boy to
Through Fitzhugh's System people are kept in mental darkness and treated no better than cattle, and in most cases worse. Douglass gives his account of what slavery was actually like for slaves, all of which is backed up with a testimony of authenticity. Through Douglass we can observe the harsh realities subjugations bring upon the enslaved and the slaveholders, serving only to degrade the integrity of both. We must work collectively as a society to rid ourselves of weak arguments and work towards an inclusive society that is beneficial to
“The Hardships of a Slave” The autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave depicted the life of a slave during the 1800’s. Not only did it explain the life of Frederick Douglass, but also, the life of his family and friends around him. It showed the true severe and harsh treatment of African Americans during this time. Around this time, being an African American meant you were treated as less than human, property, an animal. Slaves were pushed and chastised simply because of the color of their skin, something they had no control over.
He states “The wretchedness of slavery, and the blessedness of freedom.” This shows how he described slavery and freedom. When Douglass escaped from slavery, he felt blessed but while he was still in slavery, he was miserable. In addition, he uses an antithesis example to say “It was life or death with me”. He chooses this example to explain how slavery either made him feel weak or how it made him feel dead. At this point, slavery has broken Douglass and made him feel useless to the
He also speaks of the irony in which slaves are treated below animals. Lastly, Douglass’ explains his thought on slavery and from what he says it becomes ironic. One of the ironies in the book that Douglass talks about is how religious slaves are more cruel than non-religious slaves. In chapter 9, Douglass’ master, Thomas Auld, became
To begin, Douglass uses ethos to state his opinion about slavery, which is accurate because he was once a slave and knows what it feels like to be treated unfairly. He uses a bundle of ethos, “Who so stolid and selfish, that would not give his voice to swell the hallelujahs of a nation’s jubilee, when the chains of servitude had been torn from his limbs” (2) shows how he uses ethos in a sarcastic manner. He also establishes diction
The repetitive use of pronouns and satire are utilized in order to question the credibility and motives behind Jefferson’s actions, thus creating a demanding tone. In order to appeal to Jefferson’s emotions, personification and allusions are utilized to establish guilt for not adhering to his statements. Through Banneker’s letter, not only was his efforts successful in attracting attention to slavery, but it urged other advocates to fight for equality as
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
The Lion talks about how he is being mistreated by the man similarly Frederick Douglass has been able to write history from the viewpoint of the Lion or the underdog. In addition, Douglass focuses heavily on the physiological aspect of slavery. How it affected his mind while he was on the plantation. He heard the cries of slaves being whipped and he has seen the blood and the scars. Though he was a self-taught scholar, Douglass has been able to use his emotions and writing to influence his success in the abolitionist
He later goes on to say he could hear the cries of chained slaves passing through the docks in the dead of night and it having a profound affect on his psyche. He also points out that the church is not doing its job because it has the power to condemn slavery and their choosing to remain silent on the issue. He brings to light the Fugitive Slave Law, which gives blacks no due process and civil rights. Under this act freed blacks could very well be accused of being a fugitive slave and have to be transported back to the south. Democracy As the speech draws to a close Douglass returned to the theme of freedom and democracy.
Devour their curdled blood, gobble up their molten flesh, and ravish their females’ ebony bodies; what else have masters to do when the slaves’ toil brings them all that they need and more. Bundled up under the decks, inhaling a loathsome stench, Equiano feels “so sick and low” that he becomes unable to eat and wishes for death, his last friend, but only to get tortured further (Equiano 65). This represents an average slave’s life when being transported from his native land to the colonizers’ country to work in fields, mills, and factories. Slave trade, the cruelest evil of colonization, has resulted in the deprivation of African people of their kith and kin, their freedom and dignity, and their right to a decent life. On the other hand, their