He writes to people who are educated about what happened when slavery was accepted, and to those who are afraid to fight back within their own problems. 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.
In this book he was quick to shatter the myth that slavery ended in 1865. He told the untold that slavery still existed through sharecropping, convict lease systems, peonage and other labor systems that have been put in place to cover up an historical truth. That slavery existed past its time and laws have been put in place to cover them up. Most people wouldn’t comment on the matter even after reading Walters work. Until, recently Gregory Freeman one of a few scholars who spoke on the issues of peonage in the introduction to Lay This Burden Down.
Furthermore, an outsider is a character that is set apart from the established cultural pattern. The most character that was an outsider was Franky, Bernice, and the soldier. Therefore, Franky didn’t feel like she wasn’t part of any club “we”. Bernice is part of the family, but again she’s not part of the family because if they ever move or go somewhere out of the town she can’t go. The soldier didn’t know anybody when he came back in town and he felt unnoticeable because nobody said anything to him at all.
It was clear throughout the narrative that there were specific perpetrators, victims, and bystanders within the slave system. Slaves were treated with the lowest of respect, and had no form of justice or rights. The slave system during the time that Frederic Douglass was a slave was corrupted, and he made that very clear within his narrative. In Douglass’ narrative we are shown how little rights the slaves
In chapter eighteen, Brother Tarp gifts the narrator chains, calling it a “luck piece” (388). Through these chains, Tarp passes down the fight for freedom and equality to the narrator. The chains embody the struggle of the black race against prejudice and racism and are also a remnant from Tarp’s nineteen years in a chain gang. Although the United States abolished the institution by the time of Brother Tarp’s arrest, chain gangs were extensions of the slave system that the 13th amendment deemed legal. (The 13th Amendment to the US Constitution), Despite breaking free and escaping, Tarp still suffers a limp from being chained for nineteen years.
In the opening sentence, “I was made to drink the bitterest dregs of slavery,” we see a metaphor being implemented to indicate how Douglass was having the most mental despair that he has had in his life (37). He was having to withstand the most complex experiences a slave could possibly endure. Douglass then goes on expounding on his hardships faced with this crude man, Mr. Covey. Two examples of repetition is then used when Douglass depicts his work as “never too hot or too cold; it could never rain, blow, hail, or snow too hard for us to work in the field.
Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison were the most famous abolitionists who spoke out publicity against slavery, racial discrimination, and were strong supporters of women’s rights. Douglass himself escaped from slavery and went from courage to freedom. He published his autobiography “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,” that is considered works of the narrative slave tradition and life learning lessons that he encountered. The narrative illustrates instances of Douglass courage on his journey. Freedom was not something that was given to him.
No one walked anymore; no one had the time to, no one wanted to, so Bradbury shows imagery on how no one does this, “The cement was vanishing under flowers and grass. In ten years of walking by night or day...he had never met another person walking.” (pg 174) In the middle of the story, an officer finds Mr. Mead and tells him to stop, “‘Stand still. Stay where you are! Don’t move!’ (pg 174) He halted.” Once the officer pulls him
Olaudah Equiano viewed the world as, “I am a slave, and a white man will be my master.” As a child he was never introduced to the idea of a higher power. Little did he know, he will begin to learn new things about God and the Bible every single day from his new master. Equiano’s experience of slavery will slowly but surely shape his understanding of God in relation to the world and the humans around him. This narrative gives the audience a sense of what Equiano went through during his journey from slavery to freedom. “Before the end of the Civil War, more than one hundred former slaves had published moving stories of their captivity and escape, joined by a similar number after war” (The Blurb).
The states represented freedom, and independence, yet there were millions of people being forced into a life of hard labor and no pay, slaves. Frederick Douglass was completely correct with the way he delivered his speech. He began his speech by questioning why he was chosen to give this speech. He mentions that he for one, is of a different color than the ones who were truly celebrating this occasion, “I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary” (Douglass). For him and his people this is not a day of celebration but a day of mourning.