And it is true that the boxer sculpture did help empower the image of African Americans. After all, the Boxer sculpture is America’s first accurate representation of an African American. However, The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro by Frederick Douglass is more effective in using allusion than The Freedman. Although many may agree that an allusion to an ancient Roman sculpture is more effective than alluding to the Bible because Southerners justified slavery with a religious text,
Frederick Douglass was one of the most important and famous African Americans in America. He had an great impact on society, politics, and the life of blacks. Frederick Douglass was a prominent abolitionist, writer, reformer and orator. He was born into slavery, but escaped and against great odds became the voice for many people. He was an advocate for human rights and the anti-slavery movement.
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.
“Litany at the Tomb of Frederick Douglass” brings a lot of focus to the complexity of progress. Espada contemplates the need for recognition of accomplishment and also the importance of continuing to advance towards the next goal. The connections drawn between Frederick Douglass and Barack Obama enhance the narrative of achievement. The narrative is even more supported by the use of parallelism creating cadence and strength of voice in the text. Espada uses this poetical groundwork to (1) remind the community of all the things they’ve accomplished that are represented in the milestone of a Black President, and (2) call for people to not get complacent and remind that there is more social progress to be made.
Throughout his declaration for freedom and equality, King uses empowering literary devices and urges the human race to take action before racism consumes all thoughts, feelings, and emotions. In essence, Martin Luther King Jr.’s central idea in his “I Have A Dream” speech is we all need to work together as one to accomplish the goal of equality between all people for upcoming generations. First and foremost, King heats up his central idea in his speech by addressing the need to work together as one, both blacks and whites. Midway through his speech, King states, “They have come to realize that their
On July 5th 1852 Fredrick Douglass gave a speech to the anti-slavery society to show that all men and woman are equal no matter what. Douglass uses ethos, pathos, and logos in his speech to make look reasonable. Douglass demonstrates ethos by speaking in first person that of which he had experience slavery: "I was born amid such sights and scenes"(Douglass 4). When Douglass spoke these words to the society, they knew of his personal knowledge and was able to depend on him has a reliable source of information. The anti-slavery society listening to his every word, considering that Douglass spoke with integrity, knowledge and emotions.
This morality, along with other countless values represented within the folk music slaves sing while they work, has been an important factor that has contributed to my new poem. “A Poem of Walt Whitman, an American”, a wonderful name for a poem about me, myself, and I, but it will not be as narcissistic as it may sound. This poem will show that the self is both individual and universal, all men are alike and different in their own way. Instead of facing this calamity on a political level, I shall face it from a philosophical
Douglass’ autobiography Narrative of The Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave was among the first Slave Narratives written by a former slave. Also, it was written differently in a new autobiographical form, glorifying the conflicts, the struggles and the success of an individual in place of recounting a story following a chronological order which is the classic form of an autobiography. Frederick Douglass consolidated different ideologies and philosophies in his work because he was very inspired by Henry Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson who were considered as leaders in philosophy. Douglass’ narrative was used to defend the human rights, criticizing religion but also as a political context.
In conclusion, the Harlem Renaissance was the first self-conscious literary and artistic movement in African American history. Claude McKay's "If We Must Die" and Helene Johnson's " Sonnet to a Negro in Harlem" both highlight dignity and racial pride. The literature of the Harlem Renaissance were acclaimed to a fierce racial conscious and racial pride animated by all the literature. Poetry as one of the cultural form and expression to subvert racial