Frederick Douglass ' The Heroic Slave

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During the era of slavery in America, it was common to see slaves being content with their given social ascription of identity. Many had accepted their fate of forever being bound. Madison Washington, the main character in Frederick Douglass’ novel, The Heroic Slave; however, couldn’t come to terms with being denied the inalienable right of being free. This book focuses on Washington and his journey in pursuit of liberty. He does whatever he can to be free from the bonds of slavery, and is fueled by the knowledge that slavery cannot be right or justified. The beginning of the book starts off with Washington in the woods after sustaining a traumatic whipping when caught running away from his master. This is when he gives his soliloquy on being a slave: Those birds. . . They live free. . . But what is freedom to me, or I to it? I am a slave,-born a slave, an abject slave,-even before I made part of this breathing world, the scourge was platted for my back; the fetters were forged for my limbs. . . That accursed and crawling snake. . . is freer and better than I. . . But here am I, ...
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