A very sad tail of separation Frederick Douglass spoke of was that of his grandmother from her family. His grandmother was not sold, but instead deemed useless do to old age. In his words, “If any one thing in my experience, more than another, served to deepen my conviction of the infernal character of slavery, and to fill me with unutterable loathing for slaveholders it was their base ingratitude to my poor grandmother.” (61) She had been with her recently deceased master all his life. She and her twelve children “peopled” his plantations and brought much wealth to him. Upon her masters death freedom was not her reward for years of service.
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.
He didn’t believe anywhere in the United States is free because there is always the chance that a black man can be taken back into slavery because of the Fugitive Slave Laws. He believed that if a slave had the power to read or write, they had the power to free themselves. Frederick Douglass became the leading black abolitionist and one the most famous speakers of his time. His words about his treatment as a slave were a powerful weapon against slavery. People were starting to question whether he was a slave or not, which motivated him to publish his first autobiography.
It was through his stay with the Auld’s that he came to learn of the whites dominance and power over the black people/ slaves by making sure that they were uneducated. After his discovery, Douglass narrates how he decided to get education in order to escape and free himself from slavery. Douglass was determined to get education and he used this education to teach his fellow slaves and is later jailed after his plan to escape was discovered. In the end, Douglass was able to learn how to read and write well as well as to escape. Fredric Douglass wrote this narrative so as to let the audience know how the black slaves were brutally treated by the whites.
But Douglass and Thoreau are the men who fought slavery with all of their being. Douglass and Thoreau share the same principle that a man should not be the property to another man, that it is an injustice. Douglass suffered firsthand the brutality of what slavery can undertake while Thoreau saw the inhumane treatment of his fellow men. Douglass was a self-taught worker who tried his best to overcome his birth life. Thoreau was a Harvard graduate who tried his best to overcome to law that prevented an ignorant people from achieving their potential.
By viewing the title page and reading the words “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, written by himself” the reader sees the advancement Douglass made from a dependent slave to an independent author (Stone 134). As a slave, he was forbidden a voice with which he might speak out against slavery. Furthermore, the traditional roles of slavery would have had him uneducated—unable to read and incapable of writing. However, by examining the full meaning of the title page, the reader is introduced to Douglass’s refusal to adhere to the slave role of uneducated and voiceless. Thus, even before reading the work, the reader knows that Douglass will show “how a slave was made a man” through “speaking out—the symbolic act of self-definition” (Stone 135).
While being at Convey’s plantation Frederick Douglass learns the everyday life of a slave, which causes him to lose the interest of breaking out and becoming free, educated man. After a year in Convey’s, Frederick Douglass was moved to William Freeland’s plantation, where he ren... ... middle of paper ... ...uable bread of knowledge” (page 46). I believe that Frederick Douglass viewed education, as his way out of slavery. It was important for him to learn how to read and write because he has to let others people in the north know slavery is really like. Most people up in the north have not seen what slavery is like, and Douglass would be a perfect person to tell this story to everyone cause he is someone who has been a slave and now is a free man.
Slavery Essay: Douglas Argument In the Autobiography, “Narrative Life of Fredrick Douglas: An American Slave,” Fredrick Douglas writes to show what the life of a slave is like, because from personal experience, he knows. Fredrick Douglas not only shows how his life has been as a slave but shows what it is like to be on the bottom and be mistreated. Douglas shows that freedom isn’t free, and he took the initiative to become a free man. Not many African-Americans had the opportunity to make themselves free and were forced to live a life of disparity and torture. Through his experience Douglas shows us the psychological effects of slavery.
As shown in Douglass autobiography Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass gained first his mental freedom through education, a door opened to him by his learning to read. His physical freedom would not be as easy to reclaim, as seen in his rebellious fight against Covey. Instances like these are what empowered Douglass to gain his freedom and fight to end slavery. Throughout Douglass’s initial years of slavery, he was “out of the way of the bloody scenes that often occurred on the plantation.” (Douglass, 20) Captain Anthony’s whipping of Aunt Hester made the brutality of slavery crystal clear to the young Douglass. Being the first time Douglass ever witnessed such brutality, the whipping of Aunt Hester was a major and horrific moment for Douglass; Douglass will ultimately experience many more of these awful crimes to humanity, but this first experience changed his entire view of the world.
To furt... ... middle of paper ... ...ir sins. Using his written word and combining all the factors used to affect his audience, Douglass hoped to shed light upon the true nature of a slave holder and the practice of slavery. He knew his boundaries and did not try to promote a movement towards total civil rights; his intent was to motivate enough people to join his movement and fight for abolition. Douglass hoped his readers would become sympathetic towards the still enslaved using his own real experiences such as having no father, being separated from his mother, how the slaves were treated like animals, and the brutal punishments and killings without justice. Douglass also expected to place a black mark on southern slave holders by telling us how they had affairs with the slaves and used religion as support for their actions.