Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

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Janelle Ferguson April 20, 2014 Dr. Marotta HUMA 202.011 Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave After the novel, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass soon became acknowledged for being an incredible abolitionist. In his novel, he expresses his theory on the most unfortunate era for all of African Americans in America, known as slavery, and utilize his life experiences to benefit the demolishing of slavery practices. By doing this, he is able to clearly express his oppressive viewpoints and how it is paralleled into the issues leading towards Christianity or religion, education, and white development. Frederick Douglass presents an astonishing representation of the issues towards Christianity and religion. According to the narrator of the novel, there are two forms of Christianity that are represented in the text. There are both "true" and "false" versions of religion.In a slaves perspective, Christianity is considered to be their saving grace. Choosing to believe in God is their only reason to wake up in the morning and suffer through the exhausting list of chores they have to accomplish throughout the day. Participating in religious activities of worship gives them confidence that one day, God will save them from the cruelty they have endured for so long. Frederick Douglass admits to practicing of what is the "true" version of religion and the whites who openly oppose slavery. On the other hand, slave masters or remaining whites have flipped the purpose of Christianity and molded it into hypocrisy where it has become a bastardization of the true ideals behind genuine Christian thoughts. The reader gets the gist of the story that slavery and true Christianity are oppos... ... middle of paper ... ...whipping or execution, but in the end he still striven for the education that he wanted. Douglass' passion for learning helped him survive through most of the horrible times that he had to endure, and in the end that reward paid off. He hoped by writing his own narrative, that novel would open up the eyes of the people around him to the harshness of the slavery that took place before his very eyes. Despite Douglass' minimal education, he managed to amplify his passion , emerged from a slave to a free man, and in turn, made him a major voice in educating others against the evils of slavery. He also accomplished in granting his readers the luxury of providing them information in the novel, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, how religion and it's literature, the bible, had a negative,influence and effect on slavery as well as development of White Christianity.
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