The slave life was beginning to tear him down causing him to not use his knowledge. This was an important time because this losing hope is an obstacle to Douglass. This was a test of his spirits and limits to his body and mind but lead to his ultimate rebellion which further opened the door to his freedom. Douglass said, "I resolved to fight; and [...]I seized Covey hard by the throat[...]my resistance was so entirely unexpected [...]"(Douglass, ??). Even after being broke by Mr.
It is necessary to darken his moral and mental vision,and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason. He must be able to detect no inconsistencies in slavery; he must be made to feel that slavery is right, and he can be brought to that only when he ceases to be a man. * (315) Douglass didn't let that happen to him because he never ceased to be a man. His education gave him the power and reason which then led him to his freedom. His determination and his drive to learn made Douglass a self-made man due to the fact that he took it upon himself to define himself not as a slave but a man.
96.] Again, a reoccurring point in the narrative about the happiness of the slave. Master Thomas claims that if Frederick wants to remain “happy”, he should forget about freedom and just realize he will always be a slave. Unfortunately for his master, it was too late for Frederick to go back. He had learned too much.
Baltimore is a completely new world from the world he knew. It is here where Douglass learns of the power of education. He learns to read and educate himself. He finds out the truth that slavery is not existent because the owners are superior to their slaves, but because the slaves are restricted from learning. Douglass starts to grasp that if slaves were able to educate themselves, it would be difficult to stop them from becoming free.
African Americans suffered tremendously during the appalling years of slavery. They were beaten, overworked, and mistreated by their oppressors. In many cases, slaves would rather have died than to have been used in such... ... middle of paper ... ... They enjoyed whipping people for two main reasons. The first reason was to punish a slave, and the second reason was to use the slave being whipped as an example to the other slaves.
The inhumane treatment of slaves in America permanently damaged the psyche of the African American race which endured a considerable amount of damage due to slavery. The damage that slaves received was administered through countless horrible practices done by slave owners. These practices range from physical abuse to lasting psychological damage. Also, slavery lasted for 245 years causing multiple generations of African Americans were enslaved. This means these practices were engraved into slaves making a change to the African American race as a whole an inevitability.
In his book The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, he exposed the horrors of slavery. Douglass tells of the atrocities of slavery, to expose the defense of the cruel atrocities by slaveholders, and to incite the Northern populace to exhort the abolishment of slavery. Frederick Douglass, in his autobiography, singles out the atrocities of the “Peculiar Institution”, from foul to barbarous. In The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave, former slave turned abolitionist, Frederick Douglass (1845) states that many masters treated their slaves cruelly. Douglass (1845) tells of many instances of this inimical treatment.
Education will raise a slave’s self-conscious mind and help him to understand the value of a free life. Douglass thought without education the slave would never learn what he should have, and what he is missing. He was in a dark place where the rest of the slaves knew nothing about a free life. He believed only education could give them their desired life. If he learned to read, then he wouldn't have to be a slave anymore.
"Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” George Washington Carver spoke with his experience, which means that having knowledge and personal thinking leads to freedom for sure. In essay “Learning to Read and Write” Frederick Douglass describes how he learned to read and write when he was a slave since his childhood. He was challenged by his life of being a slave after he started learning. His enslavers did not want him to learn anything by getting any education. The reason is that getting an education would make him feel worthy and desire to be free.
Today his thoughts are shared by many, slavery was a great injustice to an entire race and the trading of these individuals on an open market was an inhumane act committed by disgraceful men. Work Cited Equiano, Olaudah. The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings. Ed. Vincent Carretta.