Frederick Douglass: The Separation Of Life

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In some cases, slaves feared the separation from their families, more than death itself. Being separated from your family, could happen in an instant, with no warning, and for no reason. Douglass explains this by saying “He was immediately chained and handcuffed; and thus, without a moment's warning, he was snatched away, and forever sundered, from his family and friends, by a hand more unrelenting than death.” (3.5), he is telling the reader that being separated from your family is the most tragic thing that could happen to anyone in life. But, Douglass was a little different, because once his mother died; he did not care for leaving. In the text it says, “The ties that ordinarily bind children to their homes were all suspended in my case. I found no severe trial in my departure.…show more content…
My mother was dead; my grandmother lived far off, so that I seldom saw her. I had two sisters and one brother that lived in the same house with me; but the early separation of us from our mother had well-nigh blotted the fact of our relationship from our memories. I looked for home elsewhere, and was confident of finding none which I should relish less than the one which I was leaving. If, however, I found in my new home hardship, hunger, whipping, and nakedness, I had the consolation that I should not have escaped any one of them by staying.” (5.6), Douglass didn’t really feel anything when he left his home, because his home wasn’t the same when his mother

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