In the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass feelings about the songs he heard the slaves sing, provoked anger deep inside his heart. Having grown up in slavery, dealing with the beatings, long hours, hardly any food, and let’s not forget any freedom. It would make him a bit annoyed. It not only provoked anger, but also reveal short-term happiness among the slaves. Frederick stated that, “they would make the dense old woods, for miles around reverberate with their wild songs.” Douglass also looked at the songs as the slaves testimonies.
He drew different scenes of actual country music life such as a southern choir singing and holding hymns which portrays a religious aspect of southern women at the time. There are fiddler players and square dancers which portray country past times as this was a form of entertainment for people in the south. There is also a singing cowboy which is an iconic symbol for country music. There are also barefoot ladies playing an instrument showing a sense of them being carefree and a banjo player which depicts the music of African-Americans of that time. Benton portrayed the different aspects of country music very well in this painting.
After the narrator goes with Sonny to the Jazz club, he meets Sonny’s friends and sees how they appreciate him and his music in a way he never did. He then begins to see the importance of music to his brother and makes a discovery about himself and Sonny. He listens to Sonny play and is delighted and starts to accept his brothers wanting to be a musician. The narrator realizes he was wrong to try and make Sonny change and he sees the power of Sonny’s blues as he is playing. The acceptance over Sonny’s dream not only strengthened their relationship, but also helped them gain a better understanding of each other.
"The Man Who Was Almost a Man," by Richard Wright is a short story about Dave Sanders. Dave Saunders is a young black seventeen year old male who is a worker on the plantation. Dave feels that since he is seventeen that he needs to prove everyone that he is a man. Dave thinks that if he get a gun people will respect him. But after all, the gun only causes many complications for him.Richard Wright uses symbols in the short story to show the complexity of Dave coming of page.
Harrison also described his father’s physical appearance while he says the words that belong to the poem back to Harrison. I realized that were learn so much from other people during our time here on earth and it shapes us into who we are. For example my dad always liked animals, he lived on a ranch in Mexico, where he cared for his German Shepherds and cattle. My mom on the other hand did not like animals as much as my dad. My dad , in a way played a part to me liking animals, and even now my mom has taken a liking to animals to.
The thought of his brother trying to pursue a career of being a pianist just didn’t settle right with the narrator. Towards the end of the story, Sonny was able to show his brother what he was truly passionate about. As he played the piano, Sonny graced the narrator with the true beauty of who he was as a person. The narrator was able to describe in great detail how moved he was by Sonny’s music. The narrator stated, “I seemed to hear with what burning he had made it his, with what burning we had yet to make it ours, how we could cease lamenting” (Baldwin 382).
The authors used examples of Anthony Johnson, an African American who was a slave and then became a successful land owner and farmer. Johnson himself even owned slaves. Breen and Innes believe that this was one example of mutability, a black male could be owned as a slave, as well as reach a high enough status in the community to own slaves himself. Johnson was also involved in a court case against a white man. No one “questioned the legitimacy of slavery nor the propriety of a black man owning a black slave.” Breen and Innes argue slavery and racism are not as strong in the early century because you status in your community was established by how much land you owned.
Finally it is communicated when Douglass holds a sabbath school for his fellow slaves. When Douglass looks at his departure from Colonel Lloyd’s plantation the theme is conveyed. He speaks of how if he didn’t go to Baltimore, he wouldn’t have been educated or free. On page forty-six, Douglass states, “In the enjoyment of freedom and the happiness of home, writing this Narrative, been confined in the galling chains of slavery. Going to live at Baltimore laid the foundation and opened the gateway, to all my subsequent prosperity.” This communicates the theme because Douglass is saying that if he didn’t go to Baltimore he would not be joyus and free.
In Frederick Douglass’s narrative, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, he tells his story of what it was like to be a slave. Douglass was born into slavery. He spent his childhood and and some of his adulthood as a slave, and after many years was ready to be free. He tells us of how slavery is terrible for slaves, and how slavery corrupts slaveholders. With this, he decides that after years of not knowing what slavery was, and years of having to hide in the shadows, Douglass was ready to shine light on the American Slave System.
He lived here until the slaves were freed after the civil war. Considering he was still young when the slaves were freed, he did not experience the severity of slavery, but he witnessed it and also experienced the side effects of being a former