It is important when reading his autobiography to keep both views in mind. Many people have analyzed this complex work, Donald B. Gibson wrote about Douglass?s dual focus in his writing about how he had a public and social focus and a personal focus and private. The public and social focus was to correct the moral and political ills that slavery brought. While the personal and private focused on Douglass?s own thoughts, feelings, reactions, and emotions. The social focus was what presented the first twenty-one years of Douglass?s life in a way that allowed it to serve as a weapon for abolitionism.
The central theme of The Classic Slave Narratives: The Life of Olaudah Equiano is obviously that the institution of slavery should be abolished. However, in addition to the central theme, Equiano indirectly provides the reader with various "sub-themes" in order to support the central theme and to eventually convince the reader to support his argument that the institution of slavery should be done away with wholly. One such "sub-theme" is the existence of a set way of life, traditions, and/or customs by which the Africans live. The above passage is one that supports this sub-theme. The tone, diction, and syntax of the passage are the literary elements used to indirectly persuade the reader to agree with Equiano's argument that slavery should come to an end.
In addition to Mark Twain’... ... middle of paper ... ...e derogatory term, “nigger”, is appropriate in the book. It has recently been decided by the publishers that the term should be removed from the novel. Considering the background of Mark Twain and the time period the novel was written in, the use of the word “nigger” is only used to enhance the story, not to offend. Twain’s main message in his novel was to make a point against racism and using the term, “nigger”, provides an accurate depiction of how blacks were treated during the time the novel was set in. Works Cited Smith, David.
Frederick Douglass's Disguised Message Frederick Douglass, a firm believer in equality, was one of the most influential leaders of the abolitionist movement in America. An ex-slave, Douglass pushed for abolition and brought attention to the subject through his commanding speeches and his powerful writings. Among his writings Douglass published his autobiography "Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave" , which is indeed one of his more famous pieces of work. Douglass uses his own life and personal experiences to describe what life was like for a slave at the time. Although seen as a simple autobiography of his life, the text goes deeper with components that would ultimately affect the northern audience's view on southern slaveholders.
Frederick Douglass’ journey from slave to freed man is infamous for its influence in the abolition movements during the 1800’s. In his narrative, Douglass uses the appeal of ethos in order to establish his stance on the issue of slavery. In addition to that, he uses many of his own personal experiences to not only reveal the hard life of a slave, but to also show that at the time, he had his own thoughts and beliefs about the injustices around him. This shows the audience that slaves are capable of thinking for themselves, having feelings and even have the potential to become educated and live as equals among the whites. Despite his obvious support for the abolition of slavery, Douglass keeps an objective stance and does not only discuss the wrongs of slavery in favor of the blacks; he simply tells the story of his life.
The great Fredrick Douglass tries to describe in the best way he can the life of a slave. He does this because he could only talk about slavery through events that he lived through because slavery was different for other people and diffe... ... middle of paper ... ...of property and that they could do what they pleased with them. They did not care if the well-being of the slave. They looked at slaves not as people but looked them as a profit to be made. Unlike the south the north had a somewhat different point of view.
Frederick Douglass wrote his autobiography to provide a look into the world of a slave. His audience varied, from abolitionists, to whites that were on the fence about the issue, but his purpose remained: to allow non-slaves to learn about the horrors of slavery. In this autobiography, Douglass dispelled readers’ “illusions about slavery” by merely telling his true story, an everyman tale for slaves. Douglass worked on plantations in the Maryland area, and those plantations were considered to be easier than those of Georgia or Alabama, as unruly or ornery slaves were “sold to a Georgia [slave] trader” as punishment (54). Douglass may very well have been one of the better-treated slaves of his era, and in revealing the horrors of his relatively good circumstances, he underscores the overall mistreatment of slaves.
By teaching Huck Finn, readers are educated about the truth of a dim time in American history. They are taught that slave owning and racial slurs were the social norm, not are. Explaining Twain’s true meaning brings a deeper level of understanding to the story itself and the generation in which it was written. Banning an idea or point of view will not hide what it stands for or discusses, but explaining said thought or stance acknowledges the topic, while neither endorsing nor denouncing it.
Janelle Ferguson April 20, 2014 Dr. Marotta HUMA 202.011 Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave After the novel, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass soon became acknowledged for being an incredible abolitionist. In his novel, he expresses his theory on the most unfortunate era for all of African Americans in America, known as slavery, and utilize his life experiences to benefit the demolishing of slavery practices. By doing this, he is able to clearly express his oppressive viewpoints and how it is paralleled into the issues leading towards Christianity or religion, education, and white development. Frederick Douglass presents an astonishing representation of the issues towards Christianity and religion. According to the narrator of the novel, there are two forms of Christianity that are represented in the text.
Frederick Douglass’s story let the reader know that they were reading an autobiography and is entitled, “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.” It was an unhappy time for African-Americans in history but it should not be forgotten. Works Cited Douglass, Frederick. “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.” The Heath Anthology of American Literature. Ed. Paul Lauter et al.