Frederick Douglass Narrative Analysis

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave was written by Frederick Douglass himself, and was published in 1845. Douglass takes the readers through his own experience with American slavery while holding back very little. Douglass’s narrative goes on a journey beginning in his birthplace, Talbot County, Maryland. While Douglass mainly focuses on his own experiences with the American slave trade, he also shares the trials and tribulations of those around him throughout the book. Another attribute of this narrative is the high level of literacy Douglass has. While reading this narrative, there were plenty of passages that included figurative language and insightful religious references. Along with religion, brutality is another theme that is heavily involved in this narrative due to, of course, the common mistreatment of slaves/colored people during this time. Douglass introduces brutality in many forms in this narrative, including violence, rape, and dismembering the nuclear families of slaves. Another theme Douglass focused on in this narrative is education. Before, I mentioned Douglass’s profound use of the English language, but even more interesting is how he developed the skills to tell his story the way he does. In this narrative, Douglass goes into detail about how he learned to read and write in a society that considered such a thing taboo. Along with the layers of firsthand accounts of brutality and mistreatment towards slaves, the achievement of
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