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The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Analysis

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Nowadays, students describe slavery based on what they read or learned. Students cannot be able to understand the true meaning behind the word “slavery.” The only people that can understand are the ones who went through it. For them, it is hard to look back from the most brutality and sorrowful years of their lives and yet they chose to write their experience. That is why in school, teachers are requiring narrative books for students to understand the main character’s point of view and apply the moral story to the real world. One of the famous books that English teachers are recommending is the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: an American Slave. It also includes two different introductions of Houston Baker and Peter Gomes and an…show more content…
In the book, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: an American Slave, Douglass explained his “slave years” thoroughly. How he got hurt many times by his slaveholder without any reason, physically and mentally, and how can he get out of this slavery. He also revealed how he stepped out on his fear zone by starting to learn how to read and write. Although learning to read and write was against the law, this is the only way to get out of slavery. He even challenged white kids to prove that he was not ignorant. Even though most of the questions he answered were incorrect, the white kids will give Douglass the right answer and right pronunciation of things. In this case, Douglass was slowly learning new things and correcting mistakes that he made. He started to lose hope because of the consequences that he received when his slaveholder found out that he was attempting to have an education. That was when Douglass realized that the key to have freedom is to have an education. It will be useless to have a slave that knows the same knowledge as their master. It reached to the point where he can write his own pass to travel to another state and have a new life there. Even though Douglass was crushed when he left his friends and loved ones on the state of slaves, he stayed his feet on the ground and did the best that he can in order to reach freedom for his fellow slaves. According to Douglass, “I honor those good men and women for their noble daring, and applaud them for willingly subjecting themselves to bloody persecution, by openly avowing their participation in the escape of slaves” (107). Some people will devote their lives to participate of freeing slaves because they knew that they will die for a cause, they will die with honor and respect knowing they did something
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