The Importance Of Slavery By Frederick Douglass

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Frederick Douglass wrote his narrative as a freeman, therefore, he is able to reflect on his life as a slave and decode the cryptic artifice of his former slave owners. Douglass lived a harsh life in the south before he made his valiant escape to the north, in order to evade further physical and mental torture. Therefore, Douglass is able to understand what it is like to be an invisible entity with a lack of identity, on physical earth. Metaphors are like string that Douglass uses to weave together a cohesive argument to support the eradication of slavery. As Douglass reminisces on his life he states that he “was made to drink the bitterest dregs of slavery...” (Douglass) Slavery, in this instance, is taken out of its literal context and liquefied in order to emphasize that it was hard for Douglass to swallow and digest the painful sorrow that it caused thousands of African Americans. Like water, slavery played vital role in the attempt to satiate American societies the thirst for an economy that thrives off of trade. However, overtime, this water becomes vapor that coats the air, which all members of society subconsciously ingest and contribute to. Slavery lasted for many years and in the process birthed racist sentiment that would reverberate for generations and generations; it became normal and almost mandatory to mistreat humans with a darker complexion. Slavery was shoved down the throats of all members of society, for generations and generations. Not only was slavery

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