Also the white children has the privilege of reading and writing and Fredrick did not because he was a slave. Fredrick’s passion for learning and obtaining more knowledge was very strong which further grew his masters to forbid him from getting an education. This one example out of the many examples of inhumanity of slavery had a great effect on Fredrick and his escape to freedom. The more opportunities he had to read and write, the more he wanted to escape to freedom to get an education like the white children and adults had the privilege to. When he more commonly used his ability to read and write, Fredrick became a deep thinker and came up with a realization about slave holders on page 39, “I could regard them in no other light than a band of successful robbers, who had left their homes, and gone to Africa, and stolen us from our homes and in a strange land reduced us to slavery.
Through the literary works they made people aware of the injustice and inhumanity that slavery was based on and because if its written form they had impact on many generations coming years and decades later. Phillis Wheatley through poems appeals to the intellectual side of the people while Frederick Douglas using slave narrative in his autobiography introduces readers to cruelty and blooded side of black’s oppression. Even though they used different literary convention, they both became an inspiration for long-term changes that transformed the United Stated and it is still visible in current times. By affecting minds and souls of society, they inscribed themselves in American literary tradition
After that, in the farm of Simon Legree, he refused to scourge another female African American salve. As a punishment from his master, Mr Legree deadly scourged Uncle Tom. Moreover he refused the invitation from Kathy of running away. He believed that he should just obey the God’s will of his time of freedom. At the end of the novel, Uncle Tom was finally scourged to death.
Douglass focused on the true aspects of his life and showing what his life was really about. Douglass also contributed to this period while he did show some qualities in romanticism. He never softened the blow of his harsh words for the unsuspecting reader. Douglass spoke his mind and did not care who he offended by it, and this is how Frederick Douglass contributed to the Realism period in Literature. "The whisper that my master was my father, may or may not be true; and, true or false, it is of but little consequence to my purpose whilst the fact remains, in all its glaring odiousness, that slaveholders have ordained, and by law established, that the children of slave women shall in all cases follow the condition of their mothers; and this is done too obviously to administer to their own lusts, and make a gratification of their wicked desires profitable as well as pleasurable; for by this cunning arrangement, the slaveholder, in cases not a few, sustains to his slave the double relation of master and father” (947).
Slave owners in the South may teach this to their children so that their slaves do not try to escape and make arguments like this. The slave owners wouldn’t want to lose a slave or two slaves or more, just because they were good at arguing. In the beginning, Douglass expressed his need for reading, “it was a new and special revelation, explaining dark and mysterious things... I now understood what had been to me a most perplexing difficulty-to wit, the white man’s power to enslave the black man.” He knows that, because the white man is educated and knows how to read, the white man is much more well off than Douglass because of his intelligence and understanding. The white man could solve a reading,
Both King and Douglass were advocating for the same thing: their constitutional sanction of freedom. Both men, in their respective letters touch upon parallel thoughts and beliefs that revolve around the much bigger topic of racial inequality and discrimination. Both men were discriminated against and they talk about their experiences and plight in their very distinctive yet special styles. Born in the year 1817, in an era of open and unashamed slave trade, Frederick Douglass’s story begins as a serf to Mrs. Hugh in the city of Maryland. Eventually, he got his education and his freedom and escaped the slave trade, after having suffered repeatedly at the hands of his ‘owners’.
Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, otherwise known as Frederick Douglass was an abolitionist, writer, orator, statesman, and social reformer for African Americans all over. As a slave, he learned how to read and write through fellow people that were in his neighborhood and his plantation owner’s wife. Some say that him learning these two essentials was the start of his political movement to the road of freedom. It was almost as the more he read, the more his ambition and determination leveled up to end slavery. He began to use his new develop skills and put to work some of the greatest writings that has ever hit history.
Throughout the 19th century, many African American slaves lived a highly controlled life. They were forbidden from learning to read and write, and their movement and behavior was restricted. In the early 1830s, many people began realizing that slavery was an inhumane practice and antislavery groups started forming. Early antislavery societies believed that slavery had to be stopped gradually. Their primary goal was to put an end to slave trading.
In each of his stories Twain uses 3 types of characters to relay his thoughts about slavery to the reader; the first of which is the racist. By placing a racist in his stories, Twain is able to educate the reader to the dark side of slavery. The best example of this type of character can be found in Twain’s novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In this book Twain exposes the reader to the character of Pap, a drunkard vagrant with a very violent disposition. Twain uses Pap to show the reader how Southern folk viewed minorities during the mid to late 1800’s.
Mr. Shelby was relatively kind to his slaves but did not care much about them. He was not a abolitionist. What he wanted to protect was not his slaves but his own reputation. Mr. Shelby represented those people, at that time when the book was published, who were just like grass on the top of a wall which swayed with every wind, or the so called fence-sitters towards the question that whether slavery should be kept or banned. The relatively tragic destination of Mr. Shelby indicated that the slavery should be prohibited beyond all doubt.