Douglas's Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Self And Freedom?

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Frederick Douglass’s autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, written in 1845 describes the frustration and freedom that he endured. One of the reprieves that Douglass was able to take advantage of was learning to read. This ability to read enabled him to become free of mind, even though he was not free in the body. A direct result of education for Douglass, the text follows how he tries to regain freedom in all aspects of his life. Even though he was not free of the body, Douglass’s emerging sense of body to the reader is a product of his education in the 19th century. In a post Enlightenment society, where intellectual freedom was supposedly for everyone, he was still denied education, however now he is able “persist in [his] resistance” (2103). Douglass’s reading skill gave him power of mind, body, and soul that he had believed to have lost. In his language he continually emphasizes the advancement of self that come through education. In this paper, I will argue how through reading and education Douglass was able to attain agency and freedom he had …show more content…
Notice that he uses the word “utter” which, initially means to give voice and to speak. Which in of itself shows that he able to render his thoughts into a reality outside of his own mind. Further, according to the OED means, “To put (goods, wares, etc.) forth or upon the market; to issue, offer, or expose for sale or barter.” Even though this may seem as a negative thing considering he is already enslaved, now even his thoughts and words have become a commodity to barter and trade. However, these are his. He is able to have these words and put them forth into the world. These are Douglass’s words to do with as he will, whether to sell or keep for himself, no one else can take his intellect and free will away. Now he is able to express himself and to make them

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