However, they hardly know how each slave felt going through the phase of slavery. Both parts should read the memoir because it presents a story that unravels the bitter truth and the sweet sensation of life in the eyes of this young man. Pro-slavery Americans should be ashamed, and Abolitionists should expand their knowledge based on the history of
This astonishing book is about Frederick Douglass’s journey during slavery. He shows us the traumatic and miserable attributes of the many things he went through during his life as a slave. But his passion for learning guided him to liberation. In relation to Frederick Douglass in his book Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, slavery and freedom was a great significance in the duration of the book. This raises the following question: How does economic freedom affect people?
He uses parallel structure to argue that religion is what slaveholders use to justify the horrid crimes that they act upon a slave. He calls it “a justifier of the most appalling barbarity” and “a sanctifier of the most hateful frauds.” The use of parallel structure here helps us see the cowardice of slaveholders. They hide behind their religion to justify their cruel acts, Douglass goes to the point of calling Mr. Weeden a “religious wretch.” By debasing the argument that religion supports slavery Douglass is in turn making his opponents argument
One that catches the reader’s attention is “If we reason to the root of things we shall find no difference”. This quote really comes for the kings and queens that are pushing them to slavery. Which is just one quote he used but there all over the text. That he uses to push the people to fight back. “I love the man that can smile at trouble; that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection”.
For Mr. Auld this is a great disadvantage but was aware that the slaves will not be physically free. Douglass states that being “a slave for life began to bear heavily upon his heart” (Douglass). With this thought in mind he knew that with the help of Mrs. Auld or on his own he had to become literate as soon as he could. Fredrick knew that in order to be free and have the
Fredrick Douglass does not actually tell us exactly how he escaped in detail to the North from slavery because he does not want to give any slave masters information. Which makes sense because, he would not like to be giving slave owners an upper hand on slaves that do try to escape. One of the most important factors to Fredrick Douglass gaining his freedom is when he moved to Baltimore. I believe that is where his quest for freedom began.
Ira Berlin's “”I Will Be Heard!” : William Lloyd Garrison and the Struggle Against Slavery” shows there are a few large influences which help steer William Lloyd Garrison's vehement opinions regarding abolition and equal treatment of blacks. They include; his evangelical faith, his “exuberant idealism that had it roots in the radicalism of the American Revolution,” and most importantly his partnership with Benjamin Lundy(Berlin). Lundy had the experience of years on the road visiting slave states and brought an appreciation to Garrison about “the evil that was chattel bondage”(Berlin). Lundy's influence on Garrison is important because he delivered first hand knowledge and visualizations of the horror of slavery to Garrison.
Is freedom a self destructive and impractical system? According to George Fitzhugh, in his book, Slavery Justified, freedom is used to pull people down and further enhances human greed and suffering. Fitzhugh also speaks about the supposedly positive aspects of slavery while spouting logical fallacies that further prove his lack of knowledge and credibility. He describes the condition of slavery as a benefit to society. On the other hand, Frederick Douglass in his autobiography, The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, recounts his life story and how essential freedom is to him and fellow slaves.
At the time Douglass still could have been recaptured and forced back into slavery, and the contrast between his freedom and fear shows itself through his use of contrast as he describes is loneliness in the midst of thousands. Specific words demonstrate the reason for his loneliness, the word “unfold” showing his hidden nature as an escaped slave he had to hide as if it were words folded into a paper. The word “panting” also help paint his experience as of fear within freedom as it illustrates the concept of running away associated with a panting fugitive despite Douglass's arrival in a place of freedom. Douglass also once again uses metaphors to explain his experience, now, instead of escaping the lions he is aware of “ferocious beasts… [who] lie in wait for their prey.”
Another one of the stylist technique King Jr. uses was sentence structure. Sentence Structure changes a speech by a choice of language, style, and tone. Throughout the speech King Jr. used short pause between words and paragraphs. For example, In paragraphs 13-20, he said “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is an enticing tale of Douglas as he changes from slave to man. Near the beginning of the book, his first witness of a whipping reveals the entrance to the horrors that would come throughout his experience with enslavement. “No words, no tears, no prayers, from his gory victim…” (4) it displays the physical, emotional, and spiritual breaking of an individual; powerful words to create an understanding of the terror of slavery. Beating into absolute submission strikes a sense of sadness, pity, justice in the reader that encourages them to see slavery in a different light. Throughout his narrative he continues to attack these points to encourage similar feelings of pity and acknowledgement “to enlighten white readers about both the realities of slavery as an institution and the humanity of black people as individuals deserving of full human rights.”.
John Sekora notes Martha K. Cobb’s thoughts in regards to the formation of black literary tradition, when she says “the first-person voice presents the particularity of point of view that allows the narrator-protagonist the distinctive advantage of projecting his image, ordering his experiences, and presenting his thoughts in the context of his own understanding of black reality as it had worked itself out in his own life … it is a persistent defining and interpreting of personal, human, and moral identity, hence one’s worth, on the slave narrator’s own terms rather than on terms imposed by the society that has enslaved him or her (Sekora 484).” This is exactly what Douglass is doing in this text. In this narrative, he presents so many different
similar thoughts about slavery with the view being that “legislatures should take lead in abolition.” Cooper professed there needed to be action-taking place to abolish slavery, but he noted it needed not to be immediate with the belief that “emancipation would lead to
Document 2, written by Ahmed Baba, a Muslim cleric of Mali, says, “…he should be set free directly…” referring specifically to Muslim slaves, but still expressing concern with slavery imposed on some people. Baba, while considering slavery imposed on non-Muslim African to be acceptable, still shows reservation on the institution as a whole because Muslims can be slaves. Document 3, written by an African slave and addressed to the Bishop of London, is a plea to the Bishop to grant more rights to the slaves to worship God more effectively and to let the slaves’ children be educated and taught to read the Bible. Overall, this document documents the harsh reality of slavery and shows an attempt at getting a Bishop across the Atlantic Ocean to realize this reality.
Often in the sermons pastors persuade their audience to behave in a spiritual or more fashion. Such is the case in Jonathan Edwards “Sinners in the hands of an Angry God” where he sends sinners to hell, who do not repent. Edwards wanted to impact his audience by appealing to their fears, pity and vanity. Edwards had a powerful impact on his puritan audience because of his use of a cautionary tone, clear imagery and complex figurative language.