Effects Of Slavery On The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

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Dehumanizing Effects of Slavery

To grow up merely dreaming of freedom is not the way a child should grow up, now days such a thing is almost unheard of because the freedom we have is taken for granted. Frederick Douglass was one of many who grew up dreaming of a free life. In Frederick Douglass’ “Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass” he explains how life as a slave really was. In his narrative he explains how he was taken from his family as a young child and shipped off like livestock. Throughout the “Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass” his experiences as a slave can be related to ideas from other authors such as Howard Gardner all the way to Cicero. The writing of Frederick Douglass clearly demonstrate the dehumanizing effects of slavery, his work can be related to the writings of Machiavelli, Plato, Rousseau and Cicero and Andrew Carnegie.
What does it really mean to be dehumanized? According to definition it means to be deprived of positive human qualities, which can mean many things. To me it means to be be treated like less than a human. Dehumanization can also refer to degrading one’s self esteem so much they no longer have any or any positive thought about them. Socially speaking I feel that once a person has been dehumanized physically and emotionally they can no longer contribute to society in a way that a person with high self-esteem and humans rights would. Once someone a slave particularly is dehumanized to their breaking point they are then the…

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