Now Mr. Douglass was a social reformer and abolitionist. He was also a slave as a matter of fact he was born a slave. He escaped at the age twenty he then went on the become and anti-slave activist. He has three autobiography’s and they are considered a narrative tradition just as important as the American autobiography’s.
He had to find it himself and never stopped at nothing until he lived to see the day that slavery was abolished. Douglass had an active involvement to better the lives of African Americans. One of the hardest lessons he had to learn was that the battle for his freedom doesn’t stop and he refused to stop before finding it. Douglass risked his freedom and wrote his Narrative. He wanted to get his message out about the hard life all slaves endured.
Frederick Douglass narrates in his autobiography, The Heroic Slave, a time when he was sent to labor on an Eastern Shore plantation. There, he gives an example of a time when he fought against a harsh overseer named Covey, who decided that by breaking the boy’s body would correlate to also breaking his spirit. Covey may have wanted to crush Frederick’s spirit by mercilessly beating him, but Douglass wanted to stand his ground. To vividly grasp us into his story of perseverance and courage, he effectively uses three strategies: pathos, imagery, and anecdotes.
Fredrick didn’t know how to read and write first but, he did not give up. In “Learning to Read and Write,” Frederick Douglass strongly states that knowledge is a great form of power. From being a former slave for life, Douglass expresses the importance of knowledge by describing, how he was able to learn to read and write. He put a lot of effort and time on learning to write, but at the same time he shows us that he still have the thoughts that one day he would become a free man. I agree with this author because of, first he didn’t know how to read and write but he had put his effort.
Jem further understood the true meaning of moral courage when he saw Atticus defending Tom Robinson, a black man. Although Atticus was hugely outnumbered and even cornered by Mr Cunningham and some other people, he did not back down from them. Instead, he seemed even more determined to win the case and prove Tom Robinson 's innocence to all of Maycomb County. Almost everyone in Maycomb County had criticised Atticus and his children for taking up the case of defending Tom Robinson and they were even called "nigger lovers" by many. At first, Jem did not understand why his father chose to defend Tom Robinson when he knew that people would whisper and gossip about it and that the possibility of him winning the case was very low.
The purpose of the Underground Railroad was to free slaves from the ownership of slave owners, and did just that. Over 100,000 thousand slaves were freed from slave owners, and they managed to live their own lives. While slaves escaping did bring about anti-black sentiment from the Southern States most clearly seen in the Fugitive Slave Act, it brought support for abolition because white people could see that all the slaves were just as human as the rest of them. This may not have changed their beliefs of inferiority, but it did change their beliefs that African Americans deserved such cruel treatment. After the awareness of the slaves’ capabilities and the living in communities with slaves, white people in the North that still supported slavery changed their stance after seeing first hand that black people, not just the few free blacks, were similar to everyone else.
Robert Smalls is one of those African Americans who tried everything they can just to get freedom during the Civil War. He, however, is still unknown to this day. Smalls was born in 1839 in Beaufort, South Carolina. His mother, Lydia, was a slave while his father, John McKee, was a slave owner. Because of this advantage, Smalls was different from other slaves.
Except one person Daisy whom he had devoted his life to his pursuit of her. His infatuation with Daisy nurtured this nature in him throughout his life. Gatsby’s selfish personality is almost his most redeeming quality while it is not all positive it is what made him successful and drives him forward in life. Gatsby doesn’t ever seem to really mind his lack of personal connections it was never important to him and thus he should not be held to the same standard that other people are held to. Never in Gatsby’s actions is he cruel while he can be rude and self centered he is
The autobiography became widely read due to it being realistic in terms that Douglass was once a slave and was now free. He wrote about his overall experience as a slave whom was taken away from his mother at an early age, only to be taken to work at a plantation. His written experiences essentially created awareness among the people who had read his autobiography. “In his preface, William Lloyd Garrison pledges that Douglass’s Narrative is ‘essentially true in all its statements; that nothing has been set down in malice, nothing exaggerated’” (Horn).
Many tried to destroy them, but slaves stayed strong and found ways to escape their injustices. The first Africans to reach America landed in Jamestown, the first English settlement in North America. For 250 years, many Africans and African-Americans found ways to resist slavery, ranging from hindrances to violent outbreaks. Resistance to slavery came in many forms. On Southern plantations, some slaves executed small passive acts of resistance, while others ran away.
He became and advisor and diplomat to people like Abraham Lincoln. His work greatly educated the public about slavery and helped move the abolitionist movement forward. His famous works are "The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass" and "The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, Written by Himself." By publishing these works and speaking to the public, he showed everyone that black people were intelligent and talented people too, and deserved freedom. His main causes were to free the slaves and end it.
He had to move over to England because his owner had the right to look and get him, so he moved out and two years later an englishman bought his freedom. Because Frederick Douglass is still a slave, his owner from which he escaped has the right to look for him, and get him and bring him back to his captivity, even if he was living up north. He moves over to England for some years, but later returns to the United States due to some englishman buying his freedom back in the states. At this point in time, Frederick Douglass is a free black man who has written his own book, inspired others, and spread his story internationally. Frederick Douglass is an odd character not only in his book, but in this time period in general.
Frederick Douglass once stated, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” This simple yet profound statement is relevant to countless scenarios in life. For Douglass, this quote is a direct reflection of his time as a slave. Without the challenges of slavery, he never would have progressed into a famous writer and orator. Frederick Douglass’ words can also be applied to Jhumpa Lahiri in her literary work, “Trading Stories.”
The Narrative of Frederick Douglass is a very great perspective for people of today to understand what it was like to be a slave in the 1800’s. It tells the story of the slave Frederick Douglass and how he began as an uneducated slave and was moved around from many different types of owners, cruel or nice, and how his and other slaves presences changed the owners, and also how he educated himself and realized that he shouldn’t be treated so poorly It was at the point later in the book that I realized how some slaves might have felt during slavery in the 1800’s. When Douglass is sent away to Mr.Covey he is treated pretty badly but eventually he stands up to Mr.Covey and demands that he stopped being treated like an animal.