Similarities Between Roots And The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

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The history of slavery is known as brutal punishments, beatings, harsh labor, and inhumane treatment. In the film Roots and in the book Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, it portrays an image of how slaves were treated and handled back then. In book and movie there are two main characters. The fiction film, Roots, introduces the protagonist character named Kunta Kinte, and in the autobiography written by Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass writes about his journey of slavery. A similarity both of them have are the resistances against their slave masters by attempting to run away. One difference between the autobiography and film were the childhoods of the two main characters. While Roots and the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass have numerous similarities, the differences of their childhood of the two characters, and the outcome of their lives and how it unfolds is more important. One similarity of the book and movie is attempting to escape. Both Kunta and Douglass failed miserably during their first attempt. Kunta Kinte did not have a plan, which was the main reason he failed. To begin, Kunta destroyed his chains to make it easier to run, but actually dug himself into a deeper situation. If the master had seen Kunta without his chains there would’ve been major consequences, which forced Kunta to run. Due to an unplanned runaway it did not take long for Kunta to be caught. Another major mistake Kunta made

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