If he learned to read, then he wouldn't have to be a slave anymore. T... ... middle of paper ... ...fe by building a strong self-consciousness. This passage is extremely important in terms of the theme of the book. Before, Douglass never had a sense of it because he thought of himself as only a slave because he was meant to be. The slaveholders demanded great gratitude and passive manners from their slave.
Having an education that is furthered by schooling is important, but Washington's life is proof that the power of knowledge can also be notably attained through making the most out of life and all that it has to offer, good or bad. Booker T. Washington's views on education enlighten viewpoints surrounding the controversial topic of placing a higher value on education or experience. As today's society heavily focuses on schooling, it is important to remember that lives are not solely based upon that aspect. A combination of both education and experience are necessary to achieve the highest level of success. Education is a good foundation, but without experience limits are placed on how much a person can achieve.
In order for Douglass to reach his goal of becoming a free man he thought the only way out was education. He needed to learn how to read, write, and think for himself about what slavery was. Since literacy and education were so powerful to Frederick he persevered to get himself the education he wanted. …. Douglass knew it wouldn’t be easy, but that didn’t stop him.
Frederick Douglass wasn’t born the prolific abolitionist that he is known as today. Douglass observed and faced experiences that helped shape and form the resolve he had to escape and try to end slavery. Frightening and sadistic scenes such as the whipping of Aunt Hester was what opened Douglass’s young eyes to slavery, eyes that where then innocent to the atrocities of slavery. Since realizing the actuality of his predicament Douglass achieved the mental and physical liberty that would help transform the slave Frederick Bailey into the Frederick Douglass the man. As shown in Douglass autobiography Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass gained first his mental freedom through education, a door opened to him by his learning to read.
So, Fredercick did experience a success of the American dream in this aspect. But one must feel it was a bit tainted, since he was doing this to try to get justice for his people. 	Frederick Doulgass's life did not represent the success of the American dream. He was born a slave and witnessed all of the harsh brutalities that come with slavery. He eperienced no freedom as a slave, and was just a piece of property.
Since he has no family support he takes matters in his own hands now. He begins to talk to his poor white friends-this was when Douglass was known as being a “city slave” which somehow has more freedom than a field slave- that helped Douglass in his writing portion of getting an education. “This bread I used to bestow upon the hungry little urchins who, in return, would give me that more valuable bread of knowledge. Douglass would work his way into getting what he want- more like what he thought he needed- and even in the sneakiest way just to show that he doesn’t give up easily and wont take no for an answer. Douglass... ... middle of paper ... ...ive.
In his narrative, Douglass portrays how he went against the odds by self-educating himself, which was an act that required great determination and caution on the side of a mere slave, for education was considered a tremendous danger towards the white, slave-holding society. Because he loathed the injustice of slavery and he was willing to risk his life to rid himself of it, Douglass never ceased to think of freedom. Frederick Douglass's memoir, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, truly portrays that through one’s determination and the aid of a kind Providence, knowledge becomes a superpower against the weapon of ignorance as it serves as a crossroad between the appalling chains of slavery and the “silver trump of freedom” in a prejudiced, Pre-Civil War society. Not only does Frederick Douglass believe that the pathway from slavery to freedom would be achieved through education and knowledge, but he also sets his mind on it until he learns to read and write. This he accomplished with the help of various stratagems as he was narrowly watched after Mr. Auld's discussion with Mrs. Auld, in which he explained to her the dangers of teaching a slave how to read.
"Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” George Washington Carver spoke with his experience, which means that having knowledge and personal thinking leads to freedom for sure. In essay “Learning to Read and Write” Frederick Douglass describes how he learned to read and write when he was a slave since his childhood. He was challenged by his life of being a slave after he started learning. His enslavers did not want him to learn anything by getting any education. The reason is that getting an education would make him feel worthy and desire to be free.
The past feelings to learn and be free one day are now returning to him. After facing Covey, Douglass’ self-confidence returned along with his determination and desire to be free. Douglass began to feel a way that he’d never experienced before, being able to stand up to a white man and not get killed for it must have invigorated him. He was able to have the heavy weight of fear lifted from him which set him free mentally even though he was still enslaved physically. Douglass even went further to directly thinking, "[...] I might remain a slave in form, the day had passed forever when I could be a slave in fact [...]" ( Douglass,
But Jim was one of the few who was brave enough to do so; that’s he can be classified as the hero in the story. But Jim’s life is not too bad compared to historical records about the lives of slaves. Even though he had to struggle for his freedom, he didn’t have any good reason to leave. His life contested of helping round and not doing hard enduring work like some of the other slaves. The way Jim’s life is portrayed in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Mark Twain criticizes the life of African Americans at the time.