Analysis Of Frederick Douglass 's ' The Great Gatsby ' Essay

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Frederick Douglass Education allows us to see the world in a new light and gives us opportunities to better ourselves. To be educated can mean many things but in many ways becoming educated can liberate us. It can liberate us from socio-comic strains or simply from our own stubborn opinions. Through the process of becoming “educated” we can learn to see things from a whole different perspective. For Frederick Douglass, education allowed him to become aware of the cruelty and disgusting truth of slavery. Mrs. Auld was Douglass’s mistress in Baltimore. She was very kind to him and even taught him the alphabet with the intention of eventually teaching him how to read and write. However, once her husband found out about this he quickly made her stop. He explained to her that a slave “should know nothing but to obey his master – to do as he is told to do.” He also stated that teaching him to read and write “Could do him no good, but a great deal of harm. It would make him discontented and unhappy.” (29). Mr. Auld could have never guessed that the words he spoke would immediately serve as the most valuable inspiration for Douglass to learn to read and write. After this incident Douglass set out to learn to read and write. His master had unknowingly given him the key to freedom; education. He was able to trick neighborhood white kids into becoming his teachers without them knowing it. Douglass would often challenge the kids in word games and through those games Douglass was…

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