The book describes what different characters experienced under varied circumstances. Some slaves had kind masters, whereas others had cruel dictators. In short, the slave owner’s disposition and personality did determine how their slaves would be treated. Comparatively, the type of jobs that slaves did depended on their environment as well as their skill set. Therefore, 12 Years a Slave is a gripping memoir that addresses the diversity of slavery in full color and provides a clear warning of the moral consequences slavery disregards.
“The white children could tell their ages. I could not tell why I ought to be deprived of the same privilege” (1). At a young age, Frederick Douglass, a slave, often wonders about the world outside his plantations. Douglass’s ability to see slavery from a different angle, gained through his experiences, also allows him to also see past his bondage. Throughout The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (2002, Glencoe/McGraw Hill), Douglass conveys the horrors associated with captivity, reflecting on how it dehumanizes both slave and owner.
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave was written by Frederick Douglass himself. He was born into slavery in Tuckahoe, Maryland in approximately 1817. He has, "…no accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic record containing it" (47). He became known as an eloquent speaker for the cause of the abolitionists. Having himself been kept as a slave until he escaped from Maryland in 1838, he was able to deliver very impassioned speeches about the role of the slave holders and the slaves.
Throughout the text, Douglass describes the life the slaves lived, and their suffering due to lack... ... middle of paper ... ...ween the black slaves and the white slave owners. In conclusion, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave is an excellent personal account of slavery and its brutalities. Douglass points out the hardships and brutalities the slaves encountered on a day-to-day basis with their white owners. He further explains how education is very important and a key to freedom. 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.
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.
He explains how he was stripped away from his mother and how slaves were always separated from their mother so the love that a mother shared for her child and child for his mother is never strengthened but purposely weakened. “I received the tidings of [my mother’s] death with much the same emotions I should have probably felt at the death of a stranger” (MLA). Douglas used this incident to show that slaves could not even be with their mothers. He understands that every child has a bond with their mother and a mother to her child. Douglas creates common ground for people reading his book and portraits that even the severity of the loss of his mother was taken away from him because of
It was the idea of slave owners to separate them so the sense of loneliness and a lack of confidence will come over the slave. This practice is noticed in Mary Prince narrative when she describes the auctioning of herself and he siblings. She states, “I then saw my sisters led forth, and sold to different owners; so that we had not the sad satisfaction of being partners in bondage. […] When the sale was over, my mother hugged and kissed us, and mourned over us.”(4) Prince and her siblings were all young when they were sold. Today, and even to some during this time period, this practice seems absurd.
And the lack of education left their minds dulled to any thoughts beyond what they already knew which was just their own miserable condition. To read this narrative is to hear an authentic, truthful voice in Douglass who throws out the flowery language of his day to paint an accurate portrait of the life of a slave to make us believe his story and sympathize with his cause. Douglass struggles to find his own identity and does so through self-reliance against all odds. He notes that he is a great exception and that in order for slavery to end, the social and political systems have to change because the factors that keep slaves in bondage are to great for all slaves to overcome. In the narrative Douglass shows us how slave owners and their sympathizers described blacks in terms of negative stereotypes to justify treating them as property.
That's why he addressed his master for all the wrong things done to him. Slaves are looked as not human. Douglass completes his journey from slave to man when he creates his own identity. He speaks out, fighting as an abolitionist and finally becoming an author. Douglass tells his story not simply as a search for fr... ... middle of paper ... ...e torture and pain of slavery, he had an excellent reason to fight for the abolitionist movement.
In his narratives, Douglass reveals a multitude of ways in which African-Americans were mistreated while in slavery. Initially, he never understood the direct meaning about the slave songs, but after learning that they were complains about slavery; he was now exposed to the horrors the slaves went through. The strength and academic worth of Douglass has inspired him with anti-slavery tales... ... middle of paper ... ... abolitionist in the American history. He became a famous abolitionist who gave an account of his life to help the rest of the Africans to overcome fear, and join in the fight against slavery. His will to education and gaining confidence to speak openly, helped him in his later life, as he was joined by many organizations in speaking publicly about the evils of slavery.