From that day on, Mrs. Auld never again taught Douglass any letters. Her attitude completely changed. Not only was the issue of slaves being illiterate keeping slaves ignorant, but the masters also. By Mrs. Auld’s sudden change in attitude to Douglass it became apparent that the idea of slavery was not a natural occurrence, it was taught. When Douglass saw how protective Mr. Auld was over keeping him illiterate, he became more curious and concluded that education would be vital to the emancipation of his race.
He gave details how slaveholders first remove a child from his immediate family, and how that destroys a child’s support network and sense of personal history. Douglass never knew a lot about himself, including how old he was. The white children were able to tell their a... ... middle of paper ... ...he evils of slavery. Freedom to Frederick Douglass means a place where you are not scared of being taken into bondage. He didn’t believe anywhere in the United States is free because there is always the chance that a black man can be taken back into slavery because of the Fugitive Slave Laws.
While being at Convey’s plantation Frederick Douglass learns the everyday life of a slave, which causes him to lose the interest of breaking out and becoming free, educated man. After a year in Convey’s, Frederick Douglass was moved to William Freeland’s plantation, where he ren... ... middle of paper ... ...uable bread of knowledge” (page 46). I believe that Frederick Douglass viewed education, as his way out of slavery. It was important for him to learn how to read and write because he has to let others people in the north know slavery is really like. Most people up in the north have not seen what slavery is like, and Douglass would be a perfect person to tell this story to everyone cause he is someone who has been a slave and now is a free man.
Shortly after, Douglass finally understands,“ the white man’s power to enslave a black man” (Douglass 34). He realizes that through knowledge and opposition to his masters, he could finally gain the freedom that he deserved. In the article, “Profiles of Greatness: Frederick Douglass” written by Amy Anderson, Douglass, “made friends with poor white children who taught him reading fundamentals” (Anderson Profiles of Greatness: Frederick Douglass). While his masters refused to let him learn, Douglass finds a way to go around this obstacle and gets help learning how to read by the poor children in the neighborhood. Douglass continues his efforts in pursuing his goal of... ... middle of paper ... ...onists and other truths about slavery.
He overheard Mr. Auld, one of his masters, telling Mrs. Auld that it was unsafe to teach a slave to read (Douglass 42). Douglass took this as motivation and strove to learn to read and write. Douglass's next master was Edward Covey, a well-known slave breaker, for a year. Covey was very tricky. He would pretend to ride into town, then walk back and sneak up on the slaves as to scare and deceive them.
However the reader of this Narrative knows that the slaveholders’ attempt to convert a man into a slave was unsuccessful in Douglass’ case. His kind hearted mistress sparked a fire within Douglass when she taught him to read. That fire of manhood eventually raised within his heart and his manpower erased his slave like attitudes, and made a slave into a powerful man. Next he was ready to escape from South which was further a big turning point in his life. His desire for freedom was as strong as his desire to read.
Keeping a slave ignorant about their date of birth, their paternity, as well as their capability to read and write, enables slaveholders to retain unchallenged control over the slave. Douglass first learns of this troubling reality accidentally from his Master, Thomas Auld, when Auld says to his wife, “If you teach that nigger (speaking of Douglass) how to read, there would be no keeping him. I... ... middle of paper ... ...e power was derived from the fear of physical harm, from the mental darkness of ignorance, and from the moral degradation of perpetual servitude and unjust punishment, Frederick Douglass refused to fall prey to this immoral system, resolving instead to fight back against it, using the righteousness of his own moral compass, the strength of own his soul, and the ability of his own mind. In the Narrative, the reader sees a slave who has become a man; a once vulnerable being that has taken control of his own destiny, and in the process has overcome and exposed the morally bankrupt system that is slavery. He answered an institution whose foundation was rotted with the toxic poison of power and inhumane control, with the steadfast conviction that justness shall prevail over immorality, that education shall prevail over ignorance, and that love shall prevail over hatred.
Frederick Douglas and Harriet Jacobs both wrote of this in their books. Douglass was separated from his mother at an early age in order to prevent any feelings of attachment to her. His father was a white man, he might have been the man responsible for separating him from his mother. As a young child on the plantation, Douglass was exposed to the abuse of slave women received from their masters. Thi... ... middle of paper ... ...rson's writing meant nothing legally, it helped out when escaping to freedom.
Mrs. Auld grew fond of Douglass and decided to teach him how to read and write. When Mr. Auld discovered this, he soon put a stop to it; however, Douglass had already acquired enough to carry on by himself. In 1832, Douglass went back to the harsh life on the plantation in Tuckahoe. For years later, along with several other slaves, Douglass attempted to escape, however the attempt was unsuccessful because one of the slaves revealed their plan. Viewed as a "bad slave," Douglass was sent to Mr.
Slaves were forbidden to read and slave owners were forbidden to teach slaves to read and write. The existence of such a restriction on educating slaves is proof that the slaveholders felt a need to suppress the capabilities of slaves. As a slave, Douglass was given the opportunity to learn and elevate his status only to have all that, including the invitation to join "high" society snatched away. Such a tease and broken promise of a better day proved to be more than Douglass could bear. He devoted each of his idle moments to mastering the language arts.