The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass details the oppression Fredrick Douglass went through before his escape to freedom. In his narratives, Douglass offers the readers with fast hand information of the pain, brutality, and humiliation of the slaves. He points out the cruelty of this institution on both the perpetrator, and the victims. As a slave, Fredrick Douglass witnessed the brutalization of the blacks whose only crime was to be born of the wrong color. He narrates of the pain, suffering the slaves went through, and how he fought for his freedom through attaining education.
The institution of American slavery was fraught with many heart wrenching tails of inhuman treatment endured by those of African descent. In his autobiography Frederick Douglass details the daily horrors slaves faced. In Narrative of The Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave he depicts the plight of slavery with such eloquence that only one having suffered through it could do. Douglass writes on many key topics in slave life such as separation of families, punishment, and the truth that would lead him to freedom, and how these things work to keep slavery intact. In the words of Frederick Douglass, “My mother and I were separated when I was only but an infant…It is a common custom, in the part of Maryland from which I ran away, to part children from their mothers at a very early age.” (22) The bond between mother and child was broken before it had chance to form.
According to Harriet her father was a hard workingman that she admired, considering her first sentences were about him. Frederick Douglass was a very unfortunate baby when he got separated from his mother. The book “Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass,” was written because he wanted the world to know what he was made of and all the pain that he went through. Two slaves that didn’t wish the life they had when they were destined to be slaves. In both of these books is being shown an example of the misconduct upon slavery for both slaves and slaveholders.
Even though the slaveholders were mostly Christian they were not morally compassionate, believing that slavery has a natural part in society. The sole idea that kept slaves spirit from dying is knowing that when they die that they will be free from all earthly oppression and evils. Frederick Douglass autobiography has given many Americans a first-person picture of the American slave system. African American has Frederick Douglass to thank for his tremendous effort to help abolish slavery in America. Although the fight for equality was not over after the slavery ended, African Americans would not have gotten to that point without the abundant work of Frederick Douglass, an American slave.
Escaping slavery in 1838, Frederick Douglass informed citizens of the cruel abuse that many slaves and he experienced from their masters. Frederick Douglass was a self-educated African American while also being under the chains of slavery. As Douglass rises to admiration upon abolitionists, he writes many stories describing the difficulties and encounters he witnessed and experienced as a slave. In the book, The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Douglass describes the clothing, food and horrific conditions he overcame as a slave. Frederick Douglass was born into slavery by his estranged mother, Harriet Bailey and his unknown white father, assumed to be Captain Anthony.
Throughout the narrative, Douglass described the cruelty of slavery and the horrible living conditions slaves had to endure. He highlighted how he learned the importance of educating himself and his claim of being a man, a human being with rights, no matter what the issue was. Douglass defined freedom as more than escape from slaveholders. There are many ways a person can be enslaved as well as all the ways people can be free. Despite the many ways to prevent little or no education, for slaves in the south, education was a major role in the abolition of slavery and someone like Frederick Douglass used the education that he taught himself, to teach others and come out from a slave to a free man.
As a slave child some experiences were hard to describe. Douglass witnessed, as a child, what he called a "horrible exhibition." He lived with his Aunt in one of the master's corridors. The master was an inhumane slave holder. He would sometimes take great pleasure in whipping a slave.
They do this by making them work long hours in their unsanitary cotton plantations and whip them when they do not get the work done. Douglass explained that he often witnessed his slave master whip his aunt for escaping. This leaves Douglass traumatized since he had to witness seeing his aunt almost bleed to death. Many slaves question their past life. Such as, Douglass who wanted to know who his mother was since he only knew that his father was a slave master.
Through his true stories, Douglass is able to write open the eyes of the readers how slavery was indeed a brutal act, and how the black slaves suffered. Overall, Douglass makes it clear that it was only through education that slavery could be fought. Works Cited Douglass, Frederick. "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave." 2009.
He later made a successful escape in 1838. Frederick’s life as a slave had the greatest impact on his writings. Through slavery, he was able to develop the necessary emotion and experiences for him to become a successful abolitionist writer. He grew up as a slave, experiencing all of the hardships that are included, such as whippings, scarce meals, and other harsh treatment. His thirst for freedom , and his burning hatred of slavery caused him to write Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, and other similar biographies.