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What Are The Similarities Between Fredrick Douglass And Harriet Jacobs

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Fredrick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs were slaves with mutual and different experiences. Fredrick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs were both were born into slavery, and as children, they didn’t know that there was life outside slavery. Harriet writes; “I was born a slave; but I never knew it till six years of happy childhood had passed away” (Jacobs 921). They both saw suffering and death. They were both traded multiple times to different masters due to unforeseen events and deaths. They both confronted their masters. Fredrick Douglass fights back and grabs his master Edward Convey by the throat. Harriet Jacobs yells at Dr. Flint and defends herself when he spoke to her in a harsh tone yelling at her to obey his orders. Some of Fredrick Douglass’ experiences differed from Harriet Jacobs. Unlike Jacobs, Douglass never met his father and only meets his mother a handful of times. When he was seven he was sent to a new master who then sends his to a “slave breaker”. The “slave breaker” breaks his sense of…show more content…
Franklins in his Autobiography, composes the idea of a “self-made-man” by depicting his experiences of his hard work ethic to go from poor to rich. Throughout his writing he explains how he made himself successful. He took chances and was proactive. He emphasizes his limited resources he had when he arrived in Philadelphia to bring more significance in his accomplishments and his success. His accomplishments in business and as a public-spirited citizen shows his readers that it is possible to succeed with a certain work ethic. He came to Philadelphia with just change in his pocket. Throughout his autobiography he explained how he built himself up while, as he explains, many of his friends were lazy. This shows how he is trying to depict a certain behavior that he believes will make oneself
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