Analysis Of ' The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass '

898 Words Oct 6th, 2016 4 Pages
Jessie Halland
IB English III
Mr. Greger
September 27, 2016
Righteous Indignation As the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche believed, Christianity ingrains a mental attitude and morality for slaves that stifles the humanity (Nietzsche). This opinion draws parallels to Frederick Douglass’ memoir, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, in which he describes - in certain harrowing detail - his time as a slave in the South United States of America. Throughout the book he follows his life as a slave when he lived with a multitude of different masters who all shaped his character and being, yet he admitted that the “religious slaveholders are the worst...[Douglass] found them the meanest and basest, the most cruel and cowardly, of all others” (Douglass 117). Pious Christian platitudes were often used as justifications of slavery especially by the slave owners; by using their holy book to warrant the abuse of fellow humans, slave owners absolved themselves of any possible guilt attributed to owning people. This Marxist pillar of restraining the proletariat - the slaves in this case - using Christianity was widespread and breeded excessively brutal holders. Marxist theory appears strong throughout the volume although it was developed years after Frederick Douglass’ experiences as a slave. It is introduced mostly via the slave and master relations that correspond to the bourgeoisie control over the proletariat in Marxist ideology. Akin to the principle of Marxism, slave…

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