Frederick Douglass Freedom Theme

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In the autobiography “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” written by himself is a book about an American slave on his extremely challenging journey to freedom. In the book, one of the main themes “Education is the key to freedom” is communicated throughout the course of the book. It is illustrated clearly when Douglass looks on his departure from Colonel Lloyd’s plantation. It is also conveyed when Mr. Auld scolds his wife about educating their slaves. Finally it is communicated when Douglass holds a sabbath school for his fellow slaves.

When Douglass looks at his departure from Colonel Lloyd’s plantation the theme is conveyed. He speaks of how if he didn’t go to Baltimore, he wouldn’t have been educated or free. On page forty-six, Douglass states, “In the enjoyment of freedom and the happiness of home, writing this Narrative, been confined in the galling chains of slavery. Going to live at Baltimore laid the foundation and opened the gateway, to all my subsequent prosperity.” This communicates the theme because Douglass is saying that if he didn’t go to Baltimore he would not be joyus and free. This is because baltimore is where most of his education took place, and without his education he is not free.

When Douglass begins to notice his mistress in Baltimore is being harder on him the theme is
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He speaks of how the slaves have a crave for learning and the white men are not a fan. On page eighty-nine, Douglass states, “I succeeded in creating in them a strong desire to learn how to read...they had much rather see us engaged in those degrading sports, than to see us behaving intellectual, moral, and accountable beings.” This communicates the theme crystal clear because Douglass creates a sabbath school so he can educate his fellow slaves. Education makes slaves turn into more accountable beings and the more educated a slave is, the more free he
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