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.
As opposed to pumping blood, the hearts of slave owners pumped iron throughout the entirety of their bodies ultimately causing their whole state of being to be stone cold and lifeless. Slave owners, even in their actions, were mechanical in the way they completed their everyday actions and constantly abused slaves without the slightest twinge of remorse. Slavery froze human emotion and made society as whole frostbite and numb to its negative effects; it was not until the 14th amendment was enacted that warmth and returned back to America. Douglass accentuates the fact slave owners are halt the progression of society, as a whole, through their refusal to allow African Americans
In the excerpt of the “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave,” Douglass discusses the horrors of being enslaved and a fugitive slave. Through Douglass’s use of figurative language, diction and repetition he emphasizes the cruelty he experiences thus allowing readers to under-stand his feelings of happiness, fear and isolation upon escaping slavery. Figurative language allocates emotions such as excitement, dread and seclusion. As a slave you have no rights, identity or home. Escaping slavery is the only hope of establishing a sense of self and humanity.
In the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass's battle with his master Covey is a turning point in his career as a slave in that he resolves to no longer be docile and subservient as a slave. In fighting back against Covey, Douglass frees his mind from the psychological effects of slavery. Douglass's battle with Covey marks the end of Douglass being obedient and not questioning the word of authority like he was brought up to do. Douglass vows that "the white man who expected to succeed in whipping, must also succeed in killing me." (Douglass, 83) By refusing the role of an obedient slave, Douglass also refuses the slave mindset and liberates himself.
Once Huck comes to the realization that he is technically committing a crime, his conscience kept saying, “But you knowed he was running for his freedom, and you could a paddled ashore and told somebody” (109). Huck feels nothing but guilt for doing such a thing when in reality, he is just being a good friend. The law forces Huck to question his actions time and time again, to the point where he almost betrays Jim. It poisons people’s brains into believing they are above different races. Although Huck looks down upon Jim, he truly did care about him.
Crooks either has a strong will to keep working here, or, he knows that he has no other choice than to go out alone and starve. In conclusion, Crooks’ life is the definition of oppression during the 1930’s. He has poor living conditions and is oppressed by every person he so much as breathes the same air as. He sleeps next to animals instead of sleeping with all of the other men on the farm in the bunkhouse. Crooks’ character can be compared to the african american race during this time because of the great oppression that he faced, much like most other african americans, he was not going to fight back, as it was a war he knew he could not win
Johnson in 1899 as a reply to The White Man’s Burden, Johnson says “Pile on the Black Man’s Burden/His wail with laughter drown/You’ve sealed the Red Man’s problem/And will take up the Brown.” (Johnson 9-12) This excerpt shows readers exactly what the Africans were forced to go through. The people of Africa were taken over and forced to do hard labor with no reward. This part of the poem says that the white men have already dealt with the red man’s problem, which were the American Indians. After receiving word of this, they knew that they weren’t far behind them. By witnessing Lumumba’s speech and moving to the Belgian Congo, Leah sees the pain and suffering that the African people
He did not have the money for this so he served the time without any disturbances and takes responsibility. This means he is being a good member to society, without causing any trouble. He is working steadily all year around, even winter, and doesn’t cause any trouble. Similar to the description of a mockingbird, who make music for everyone to enjoy, but don’t do anything wrong. He works steadily, no breaks, fall and wintertime, all year.
He uses similes throughout his narrative to compare his struggles with slavery and show how the African American is negatively portrayed with something the reader can easily imagine and relate. When discussing his tiresome days working , Douglass compares himself to being held down by a weight, When I could stand no longer, I fell, and felt as if held down by an immense weight.” (55) The simile between him and the weight shows how slavery is weighing him down and it is something the reader can easily imagine and relate too. Later in the narrative Douglass compares slaves to wild beasts, “In the midst of houses, yet having no home,--among fellow-men, yet feeling as if in the midst of wild beasts,” (90). Him comparing other slaves, men, to wild beasts shows how the slaves were horribly treated and demoralized. Douglass also shows how even a slave's mind can be corrupted into believing they are less than human and how he feels that African Americans are not equal to Whites and how they are seen more like animals than humans.
He eventually returns as a rich, powerful, and immoral man, set on his singular goal to take revenge on those who he believes wronged him. Motivated by his love for catherine and his single-minded desire for revenge against the people of Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange The conflict ends with the death of Heathcliff, as the two surviving characters (Hareton and Cathy) attempt to move on from the destruction Hareton’s adopted father (and Cathy’s father-in-law) caused, and do what he could never do (live with the love of his life). Heathcliff’s love and passion for Catherine leads to most of the novel’s events, reinforcing the novel’s themes of extreme passions leading to an extreme
Douglass addressed that there could never be too much “rain, blow, hail, or snow” to work (Douglass 320). Forcing someone to work from day until dawn despite the condition of the weather is a message to them that they do not matter. When individual feels that they do not matter the meaning
They all lived in the life cycle that they never had choice to live themselves. There many way to compare and contrast about what is it like to be a slave in the antebellum South and a prisoner in Camp 14 North Korea. One similarity and difference between about life of
In addition to the physical punishments imposed upon the slaves by their master, Douglass discusses the physical exhaustion slaves experienced in order to further connect the readers to the slaves as individuals. He explains the extensive hours of labor many slaves endured throughout their lifetimes by depicting the conditions he worked through. During his time with Mr. Covey, Douglass, “worked in all weathers, it was never too hot or too cold; it would never rain, blow, hail, or snow, too hard for us to work in the field. Work, work, work, was scarcely more the order the day than of the day” (Douglass 38).
Slaves did not have any say in what transpired. You could earn great amounts off slaves since they did all your work and worked hard, especially men, to serve all times. They had slaves work, which was an easy way for them to make money, because they didn’t have to do anything for themselves. The purpose of slavery was to serve, labor, pleasure and greed. Slavery was used to do something that the owner didn’t want to do.
In this passage, Douglass uses contrary words to express the mixed emotions a slave experiences while under the powerful control of the slave owners. Douglass uses the word “drown” to emphasize the power of music during the time of being a slave. Music and melodies are solely used to express their sadness and powerlessness, and in rare cases, happiness. When Douglass uses the word “jaws”, it provokes the image of slavery being a monster indulging on one 's well being and integrity, striping the feelings and emotions away from the slaves. Slavery has made Douglass numb from the emotion of joy and bliss, and has had a negative impact on him in all aspects.