Frederick Douglass A former slave, and a distinguished human rights leader, Frederick Douglass documents his experiences in bondage in his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Douglass exposes the horrors and injustices of slavery while expressing his sentiments of the idea of American slavery and the hypocrisy of slave owners. The autobiography ultimately inspired and influenced abolitionists, creating a revolution in the North. Despite accusations of inaccuracy, Douglass effectively disproves the mythology of slavery through his vivid and poignant accounts as a slave himself. Frederick Douglass refutes the mythology of slavery by rebuking its romantic image.
The characters are used to show that northerners are contributing to the growth of slavery just like the southerners. In Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Uncle Tom is the central figure and he possesses a trait that makes him different from the rest of the characters. Uncle Tom 's faith is his source of strength throughout the novel that helps him through all the suffering, grief, and hardships. Stowe uses Tom to show that if the horrible white slaveholders of the novel were to achieve Tom’s faith of Christianity that slavery would be impossible. Stowe attack the institution of slavery by showing that being a Christian would not allow such cruelty of other human beings despite their color.
In the narrative Douglass shows us how slave owners and their sympathizers described blacks in terms of negative stereotypes to justify treating them as property. These stereotypes provided the foundation for the mythology of the plantation. Slave owners liked to think of themselves as the masters and even father-figures of a class of inferior, childlike people who could not survi... ... middle of paper ... ...her former slaves struggled hard to reclaim the right to define his own identity. To name himself was a huge accomplishment, carrying with it the right to tell his own story. Therefore, by him establishing his own identity on his own terms he catapulted his career as an abolitionist and his own claim to freedom.
Although it was not certain of Douglass’s religious convictions it is apparent that he was adamantly opposed to the fallacy of the religion in the South. Even as great opposition faced him, Frederick Douglass worked for the abolitionist cause faithfully. He labored to bring to light the oppression of his brothers and sisters in bondage with the intention of revealing the misunderstood financial benefit of slavery and denouncing the duplicitous Christianity of the Southern slave owners. Douglass’s work provided an insight into the misunderstood lives of slaves and the ambiguous lives of Southern Christian slave owners and helped to gain positive momentum for the abolitionist movement.
Freedom is the American ideal. In Frederick Douglass’s autobiography, the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, he questions the morality and righteousness of slavery. Douglass, a former slave, is convinced that slavery is immoral and unjust. However, the world that surrounds Douglass disagrees vehemently. In an effort to instigate change and improve the lives of millions, Douglass interrogates the moral conscience of his readers, primarily consisting of Protestant, white, undecided Northerners, by forcing them to question freedom and if slavery fits with the vision of the Founding Fathers.
This is what Frederick wants other abolitionists to recognize, especially the abolitionist women. In conclusion, Frederick used these key points in his narrative to attack the institution of slavery. The speeches he made using these points to white abolitionist astonished them because they did not imagine a slave had the mind capacity to speak this well. By doing so, Frederick Douglass became the outspoken leader for slaves in the abolitionist movement.
Through the depictions of Mrs. Auld, Mr. Covey and Mr. Hopkins, Douglass shows the negative effects slavery possess over the actions of slave owners. The brutal slaveholders not only ruin their own character, but also harms the slaves. The unhappy environment slaves are subjected to live under results in crushed spirits and dreams. Douglass uses his experiences to show that man attains happiness when he becomes his own master.
Douglass combated this argument with anecdotes of how he “finally succeeded in learning to read” without a formal education (67). His anecdotes... ... middle of paper ... ...aveholders used the existence of slavery in the Bible as a defense for their actions, instead of adhering to Christian values and renouncing the warped morals of slavery. Slaveholders used corrupt morals and inherently false logic to defend slavery, but Douglass, by sharing the story of his life and of others’, dispelled the illusions of slavery. Douglass’ life provided the evidence necessary to counter the slaveholders’ arguments: racial inferiority, both physical and mental, slave happiness, and Biblical justification for slavery. By publishing this autobiography, Douglass furthered the opposition of slavery, as whites that had never experienced slavery could finally sympathize with members of the anti-slavery movement.
This meant that these bastard children were slaves despite their paternal heritage because their mother was a slave. The effect of this revelation was to shock and offend the morals of the conservative northern whites. Northern society scorned people in adulterous and interracial relationships. By portraying these Southerners as immoral and adulterous, Douglass wanted to cultivate in his audience a damaging opinion of southern slaveholders (Quarles ix). Continuing with the theme o... ... middle of paper ... ...streated and punished their slaves, and how they used religion as an excuse to legitimize their immoral actions.
As a result, she loses her previous view of slaves as human beings and turns into a beast—full of rage, menace, capriciousness, and impatience. Joyce Nower agrees with this idea ... ... middle of paper ... ...eep down in the bottom of his heart that slavery is wrong (since he keeps justifying his reasons for holding slaves), but he uses his religion in order to hide this reality. Eventually, these lies and self-deceptions just keep building upon one another and ultimately turn him into a hypocrite. Thomas Auld believes that his religion is a “God-given” right to treat slaves crueler. Douglass recalls how he uses religion in order to justify his treatment of a helpless female slave, “I have said my master found religious sanction for his cruelty..