Analysis Of Frederick Douglas 's Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass And ' Life On The Iron Mills '

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Fredrick Douglas is a slave who deals with hardships learns to read and write, educating himself while on the other hand Hugh and Deborah are both uneducated stuck in the poorest class of society with no real way out. Education is a major theme in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and “Life in the Iron Mills” Being educated and not be educated takes a huge toll on the characters in both storys, it shows that education, as well as the lack of education has equally positive and negative effects on the characters. Fredrick lives in slavery being uneducated he is basically in darkness and ignorant to his condition as most slaves were. One day his master’s wife Mrs. Auld started to teach him to read, when Mr. Auld finds out he is enraged. Douglas retells the situation, “Mr. Auld found out what was going on, and at once forbade Mrs. Auld to instruct me further, telling her among other things that it was unlawful as well as unsafe to teach a slave to read… He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master. As to himself, it could do him no good. It would make him unhappy and discontent” (Douglass 960). After overhearing this information, it fuels Fredrick’s desire to learn more and acquire more educated. Learning makes him become more intelligent he begins has thoughts and eventually comprehends the actual position he is in. This new found knowledge in turn causes him to be depressed because with more realization he became more consciously aware and…

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