Narrative of Frederick Douglass

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Frederick Douglass was born in Tuckahoe, Maryland; not sure of his age; does not know who his father is or much about his mother. Separation between children and parents was common among slaves and part of the Master’s plan to keep them in the dark about their identity. He lived on Colonel Edward Lloyd’s Plantation and Mr. Lloyd was Douglass first owner. Capitan Anthony, worked as Lloyd’s overseer; also suspected to be Douglass father, another common situation between slaves and owners. Anthony was cruel and took pleasure in whipping slaves, especially Douglass’s aunt Hester. His narrative style goes back and forth from protagonist-to-distant narrator, this way he can analyze and rationalize settings about slavery and freedom. At seven years of age, he was sent to work for Hugh Auld in Baltimore. He felt important among the other slaves, he was the “chosen one”. He felt so excited, he was looked forward to life outside the plantation, the closest to life as a freeman. He arrives in Baltimore to care for Sophia Auld’s child. Douglass states she is sweet, and willing to help him with studying. She teaches him to read. But soon before she can make progress her husband forbids her to continue. He explains that a slave with knowledge is dangerous, he will no longer obey his Master; and that this knowledge will make the slave unfit and unhappy; “if you give a nigger an inch, he will take an ell”. This is the turning point in Douglass’s life. He know understands why it is so important for their Masters to keep the slaves in the dark of knowledge, in the absence of identity and in isolation from any type of life. Keeping them in the dark will make him ignorant and unwilling to question why or how he does not have the same rights to live f... ... middle of paper ... ...ore horrible happens. Frederick Douglass makes me think of Martin Luther King Jr., and the cause they were willing to die for. It makes me think of how many modern truly committed individuals exists today. I feel inspired by both, but in Douglass case even more. I wish I never lose the determination, and the will power in order to achieve my goals and fight for what I believe. Just as he did not give up, just as he did not stop getting up after being broken so many times. I wish to have a tiny piece of his courage to embrace my FREEDOM every day, and never, ever take it for GRANTED. I dedicate this thoughts to the many more man and woman that never gave up, and gave me the opportunity today of writing this paper. As a Hispanic woman in a foreign country, as a minority at home away from home; I count my blessings and thank for all the Frederick Douglas in the world.
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