Analysis Of The Narrative ' Douglass ' Essay

1457 Words Nov 6th, 2016 6 Pages
Throughout the narrative Douglass appears to be reminded of the representative voice he has – the ability to speak for several enslaved and disenfranchised people. Douglass writes the narrative to dispel myths about black intelligence, emotions, capabilities, family life and connections; to address the realities of slavery, and ultimately to appeal to whites to abolish slavery.
Douglass begins his autobiographical narrative with his earliest memories, his childhood, and his memories of his mother. Douglass like many other slaves had the opportunity to know his mother stolen from him. Douglass’ mother, an enslaved woman named Harriet Bailey, was taken from him and sent to another plantation when he was just under one year old, “It is a common custom, in the part of Maryland from which I ran away, to part children from their mothers at a very early age. Frequently, before the child has reached its twelfth month, its mother is taken from it, and hired out on some farm a considerable distance off, and the child is placed under the care of an old woman, too old for field labor.” (). Douglass has limited memories of his mother, but remembers her sneaking away from one plantation to another at night just to see him, “I never saw my mother, to know her as such, more than four or five times in my life; and each of these times was very short in duration, and at night” (). When Douglass was young, his mother passed, and to him it was an uneventful occurrence, “never having enjoyed, to…

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