Analysis Of The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederic Douglass By Alice Walker

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The liberation from the oppression is never enough to heal the wounds inflicted by it and sometimes the recovery takes decades, even centuries. “Learning to read and write”, the excerpt from “Narrative of the life of Frederic Douglass” is autobiographical story of the slave since childhood, who is fighting his way to freedom through the intellectual development, and the “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker is the story of African-American family, decedents of the slaves, who are living more than a hundred years after Douglass, and who are, despite being formally free and equal to the white people, still discriminated and disadvantaged. The issue of racial oppression and common history of it makes Douglass character and Walker’s characters similar, but because realities of time and personal attitudes of authors left their traces in both stories, they aren’t completely alike.
First that characters of both stories seem to have in common is the conflict between putting up with inability to change their unpleasant fate and rising above it. However, in “Everyday use” this is the conflict of the points of view of the main character and her oldest daughter, in Frederic Douglass story it is the inner conflict, he hesitates to make decision to run off from slavery: “I often found myself regretting my own existence, and wishing myself dead; and but for the hope of being free, I have no doubt but that I should have killed myself, or done something for which I should have been killed…
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