He speaks about Douglass own work being truthful in the way that Douglass Narrative affects readers in an emotional way. According to Garrison, Douglass suffered but gained many valuable lessons. The case of Douglass is extreme because his story portrays a young man escaping slavery, understanding what it means to be a slave, becoming educated, and lessons he learned. He was inspired in making slaves free and arguing that slaves are American
Chapter 3 Douglass as a Representative of Self-made Men 3.1. Becoming literal In the nineteenth century America, slave owners did not allow slaves neither to learn reading or writing. Thus, Douglass, being a slave, was not allowed to learn reading or writing as well. His literacy came once by incident, then as a result of his persistence and continuous work to learn it. After the death of his owner Aaron Anthony, Frederick was sent to live with his grandmother.
Slavery in one word is described as corruption. It was the reason for the United States Civil War and for the lost of so many lives. In the Narrative of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass describes the events of his life and how he was deprived of the natural rights. Frederick Douglass' message is that to a slave sometimes ignorance is bliss because the intelligence of knowing can be insanity because they have no power to control their lives. Slavery, however, does not only affect the morality of the slaves themselves but in the corruption of others around them.
Douglass goes beyond the physical impacts of slavery by choosing to recognize the tortured bodies of slaves along with their tortured souls, leading him to wonder what it takes for the soul to experience freedom. Beyond the issue of slavery, Frederick Douglass speaks to the importance of using education and knowledge to experience
The Lion talks about how he is being mistreated by the man similarly Frederick Douglass has been able to write history from the viewpoint of the Lion or the underdog. In addition, Douglass focuses heavily on the physiological aspect of slavery. How it affected his mind while he was on the plantation. He heard the cries of slaves being whipped and he has seen the blood and the scars. Though he was a self-taught scholar, Douglass has been able to use his emotions and writing to influence his success in the abolitionist
While Douglass’s Narrative is most immediately an autobiographical text, his status as a slave severely limits his account from adhering to its structure. Specifically, because he was effectively born into the world as somebody else’s property, Douglass is “deprived” (1) of even the most basic autobiographical element – his age and birthday. But perhaps even more heartbreaking is his description of his family structure growing up. Douglass establishes that it is custom for children born into slavery to be taken from their mothers as early as one year old; Douglass was no exception. The purpose of this, according to Douglass, can only be an attempt to sever the bond between mother and child, the “inevitable result” (2).
Why is teaching slaves how to read and write is such a problem that slaveholders fear it? In the book, Douglass illustrates how literacy is a key component of revising a slave from the mental bonds of story. Chapter six, when Hugh Auld forbids Sophia Auld to stop giving Douglass writing and reading lessons is when Douglass learns that knowledge must be the way to freedom, while Auld believe education will ruin slaves. Without knowing it Aulds revealed a way for slaves to be free on how which whites manage to keep blacks as slaves so they can’t free themselves. Hugh didn 't want Douglass to be educated because he thought Douglass would become unmanageable and unfit to become a slave if he enters the world of literacy.
The path to freedom was not easy, but it got clearer when he got an education. Education gives hope for Douglass’s life since he began to truly understand what goes on in slavery. As he figured out more about the topic, his self- motivation poured out hope in his life. As Frederick saw an opportunity to become free, he worked hard to accomplish it. Masters and slaveholders believe teaching slaves is wrong, but with Douglass’s
Douglas may do with what he could get and he learned some schooling for kids on the side of the street, and in the back alleys (3). Once he learned how to read and write he started learning more and more about how to escape slavery forever (2). Douglas wrote many books about his life as a slave and broke many speeches about it to spread the word of trying to end slavery (3). In douglass 's book he opened himself up and spread his experiences, so that other people will know his struggles, and not to make the mistakes he did (6). He gave a lot of people hope that one day slavery will be over forever, and his mission was continued after his death and eventually succeeded
He calls out his own literary technique, which is an “apostrophe”, that we see being exercised various times in this passage (38). “You are loosed from your mooring, and are free” is the first example of an apostrophe being utilized to express Douglass’s burning desire to become free (38). He is directly talking to the boat while indirectly communicating to his audience. If these were directed at his audience, they would be taken offensively, hence why Douglass puts ships in their place. He subsequently describes ships as, “freedom’s swift-winged angels, that fly around the world” (38).