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.
Also I acknowledged how Walker had certain themes in the text that were also repetitive in the story of Frederick Douglass himself. Douglass text as well I discovered the thoughts that there is a difference between slaveholding Christianity and a pure Christianity that blacks affect their own circumstance by being servile, and black people ought to fight as Walker did even if it’s destined for death.
This statement is particularly poignant when viewed in the context of the time it was written: even if his readership was not black or part of the abolitionist movement, Douglass showed that they were still implicated in the institution of slavery, both literally and metaphorically. The abolitionist movement, then, is not a ‘black’ movement, but one which every human is necessarily implicated in. Until social normativity is able to distance itself from the ideological control of institutions, everyone is a slave, and the abolitionist movement is one that all humans are in together. Works Cited Douglass, Frederick. “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself.” The Norton Anthology of American Literature.
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).
All slaves were treated as if they were not human and not allowed to have privileges white people experienced. Overworked and exhausted, slaves were living... ... middle of paper ... ...tates in his book, “Without Struggle There Is No Success” (Douglass). In other words, most people cannot expect to achieve a goal without failing. Frederick Douglass describes the different conditions he experienced and witnessed in the book, The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. As an educated and free black man, Frederick Douglass made it his goal to get his story out to the nation, so that the citizens will know the true colors of slavery.
Frederick Douglass, the author of the book “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass”, said “I saw more clearly than ever the brutalizing effects of slavery upon both slave and slaveholder” (Douglass, p.71). Modern people can fairly and easily understand the negative effects of slavery upon slave. People have the idea of slaves that they are not allow to learn which makes them unable to read and write and also they don’t have enough time to take a rest and recover their injuries. However, the negative effects upon slaveholder are less obvious to modern people. People usually think about the positive effects of slavery upon slaveholder, such as getting inexpensive labor.
The cruelty of the lashings and people taking joy in relegating others, believing that one life is worth more than another. Overall the story shadows Fredrick Douglass on the road to becoming a freed slave and his struggle for freedom. Also giving people an insight of what slave life was like. What is freedom? What is the price of freedom?
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. In his Narrative, he wrote the complete story of his miserable life as a slave and his strife to obtain freedom. The main motivational force behind his character (himself) was to make it through another day so that someday he might see freedom. The well written books that he produced were all based on his life. They all started with Douglass coping with slavery.
In his narratives, Douglass reveals a multitude of ways in which African-Americans were mistreated while in slavery. Initially, he never understood the direct meaning about the slave songs, but after learning that they were complains about slavery; he was now exposed to the horrors the slaves went through. The strength and academic worth of Douglass has inspired him with anti-slavery tales... ... middle of paper ... ... abolitionist in the American history. He became a famous abolitionist who gave an account of his life to help the rest of the Africans to overcome fear, and join in the fight against slavery. His will to education and gaining confidence to speak openly, helped him in his later life, as he was joined by many organizations in speaking publicly about the evils of slavery.
From that moment, I understood the pathway from slavery to freedom.” (49) Douglass was not content to remain a slave for life and resolved there after to change his predicament. Frederick Douglass’s autobiography illustrates the atrocities faced by American slaves at the hand of slaveholders. The brilliance with which he writes speaks to the potential that laid dormant in the slave population. His is a story of resilience and want for a better life. In this all who read his life story are compelled to identify with it.