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Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass: An American Slave

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The Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass: An American Slave, is a save narrative written by Fredrick Douglass himself. The narrative comprises of eleven chapters that give an account of Douglass’ life as a slave, and his quest to get education and become free from the slavery institution. In this narrative, Douglass struggles to free himself from the mentally, physically, and emotional torture of slavery, and the slavery itself. Douglass was taken away from his parents at a tender age and sent to live in Baltimore with his masters, Sophia and Hugh Auld. It was through his stay with the Auld’s that he came to learn of the whites dominance and power over the black people/ slaves by making sure that they were uneducated. After his discovery, Douglass narrates how he decided to get education in order to escape and free himself from slavery. Douglass was determined to get education and he used this education to teach his fellow slaves and is later jailed after his plan to escape was discovered. In the end, Douglass was able to learn how to read and write well as well as to escape.
Fredric Douglass wrote this narrative so as to let the audience know how the black slaves were brutally treated by the whites. He narrates how their owners in order to satisfy their sexual hunger and to expand the slave population constantly raped the slave women. In addition, he narrates how the slave owners used religious teaching so justify their detestable treatment of slaves. Douglass tells the audience of the harsh condition, he and other slaves faced in the hands of the whites, from the brutal beatings to murder of slaves, which went unpunished.
Throughout the text, Douglass describes the life the slaves lived, and their suffering due to lack...

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...ween the black slaves and the white slave owners.
In conclusion, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave is an excellent personal account of slavery and its brutalities. Douglass points out the hardships and brutalities the slaves encountered on a day-to-day basis with their white owners. He further explains how education is very important and a key to freedom. Through his true stories, Douglass is able to write open the eyes of the readers how slavery was indeed a brutal act, and how the black slaves suffered. Overall, Douglass makes it clear that it was only through education that slavery could be fought.

Works Cited

Douglass, Frederick. "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave." 2009. The Heath Anthology of American Literature. 6th ed. Vol. B. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publ., 2009. 2047-048. Print.
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