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 became successful in his fight against slavery. His works documented the rise of a slave to a free man, to a respected speaker, to a famous writer and politician. In his narrative, Douglass simplifies his experience to that of other slaves showing the cruelty, psychological and physical struggle of slaves. Douglass went through several life changes, from being a slave to having freedom.
He later made a successful escape in 1838. Frederick’s life as a slave had the greatest impact on his writings. Through slavery, he was able to develop the necessary emotion and experiences for him to become a successful abolitionist writer. He grew up as a slave, experiencing all of the hardships that are included, such as whippings, scarce meals, and other harsh treatment. His thirst for freedom , and his burning hatred of slavery caused him to write Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, and other similar biographies.
People were starting to question whether he was a slave or not, which motivated him to publish his first autobiography. His narrative was one of the most effective accounts written by a fugitive slave, and it became a major source of information about slavery and a classic of American literature.
Throughout the book Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave many themes are developed relating to slavery. Such themes that are well developed include corruption, brutality, and knowledge. Perhaps the most important theme that was developed was knowledge and its power in everything. Frederick Douglass gained knowledge throughout his life, defying the laws surrounding slavery. Perhaps one of the most impressive things from the life of Frederick Douglass was the fact that, except for a few months at the beginning of his engagement with Mr. and Mrs. Auld, he was a self taught man who took it upon himself to expand his knowledge.
It is used to justify slavery and later, to use against it. Slave owners would take passages from the bible and interpret it as God’s design to own slaves and conform them to Christianity. This was the Christian thing to do according to God’s will. The bible was a powerful tool for slaves and it was often prohibited for an African to get. This is proven by when Equiano wasn’t able to purchase a bible during his travel in the West Indies.
Reverent J.C. Postell in chapter four of the manual states that the slaves are brimming with all sin in their natural state, and their enslavement “revolutionizes them from such a state… where they may have the Gospel, and the privileges of Christians.” However, other slavery supporters, including Douglass’ masters the Ault family do not deem the slaves worthy of reading the Bible. Douglass reflects on Christianity positively when he discusses the Sabbath school, meant to teach slaves the Bible. The dismantling of the Sabbath school by religious leaders is an important turning point in Douglass’ faith journey and more importantly his self-concept. After beginning to teach Douglass to read, the Aults realize that an educated slave elevates in agency and is “of no value to his master.” (Douglass 1196). To Douglass, “he who proclaims it a religious duty to read the Bible denies me the right of learning to read the name of the God who made me” (Douglass 1236).
Born in the south in 1818, Frederick Douglass was destined to life as a slave. As a young child, Douglass had to witness brutal mistreatment of fellow slaves, and even endure the punishment himself as he got older. Despite the obstacle of slavery in his life, he managed to escape his fate and travel to the north. There, he was able to attain in education in the field of literacy and language. Despite his escape to the north, slavery still engulfed the nation, a fact Douglass wanted to bring attention to and change.
Media, both past and present, has had a profound affect on the way American society views events and topics. Frederick Douglass was born a slave in 1917. He eventually escaped bondage and self taught himself how to read and write. He was very well spoken on the issue of slavery and became an abolitionist in 1841. Douglass published a few abolitionist magazines, most noteworthy being The North Star.
Murray played a crucial role in helping Douglass gain his freedom. Douglass’s narrative shines a glaring light on slavery through the eyes of slaves themselves. The story of Douglass’s life as a slave and his growth into the man that he ultimately became is nothing short of awe inspiring. The way Covey tried to break Douglass only strengthened him in the end. The abolitionist movement, no, the world would not be the same, had Frederick Douglass not been born.
Fredrick Douglass was (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, c. February 1818 and died on February 20, 1895. Douglass was an African-American social reformer, speaker, and writer. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling rhetoric and insightful antislavery writing. For those who think that slaves did not have the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens, he endured as a living counter example to slaveholder’s argument. Many of the northerners also discovered it hard to believe that such a great speaker had been a slave.