Analysis Of The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Essay

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Family and education were very important to the survival of slaves. Family often provided love and comfort to those in bondage. Education also helped slaves looking to escape to the North. The abolitionist Fredrick Douglass writes about the importance of family and education in his life. However, family and education could also be used to keep slaves in life. Masters knew that having families would make it hard for slaves to runway. Education was complicated, but it could also be used to make slaves obeyed, especially religious education. Octavia Butler’s novel, Kindred, troubles the conventional idea that family and education were both a comfort and a means to escape to slaves. Butler’s novel shows how it is the main character’s love for fellow slaves and her master that keeps her in slavery. In this essay I will argue that family and education can be unfavorable in the presence of slavery. Douglass (1818-1895), an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, and former slave from Maryland, wrote the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. His narrative is an overview of his life as a slave in America, with the process of escaping, his life after escaping, and his sentiments. When writing about slave owners he says they are “a band of successful robbers, who left their homes, and gone to Africa, and stolen us from our homes, and in a strange land reduced us to slavery.” (Douglass, 35). Douglass mentions this because his masters made him feel useless by…

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