Essay on the Life of Frederick Douglass

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In Frederick Douglass’ Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Mr. Douglass gives many examples of cruelty towards slaves as he shows many reasons that could have been used to abolish slavery. Throughout the well-written narrative, Douglass uses examples from the severe whippings that took place constantly to a form of brainwashing by the slaveholders over the slaves describing the terrible conditions that the slaves were faced with in the south in the first half of the 1800’s. The purpose of this narrative was most likely to give others not affiliated with slaves an explicit view of what actually happened to the slaves physically, mentally, and emotionally to show the explicit importance of knowledge to the liberation …show more content…
A fact from the narrative that was unexpected was that there was discrimination between slaves from different plantations concerning the wealth of their masters. This information was proof that the slaves were kept as ignorant as possible by their masters so that they would never figure out the true evilness of slavery. The slaves were so terribly in the dark that they did not feel a need to unite with every other black person in their position, so they felt that they could be able to find a lower class than they if the wealth of their master was more than the next slave’s. One can only feel pity for the slaves though, since most of them were raised from birth by these wretched slaveholders and they were not taught anything other than how to perform their duties on the plantation. As Frederick Douglass continues in his narrative, he writes about a slave at the Lloyd plantation by the name of Demby. Demby was receiving lashes by the overseer, Mr. Gore, and could not take the pain any longer and ran to a nearby creek and immersed himself to help his pain. Feeling no remorse, Mr. Gore, ordered Demby to get out of the creek to receive the rest of his lashes, Demby refused. Gore gave Demby to the count of three to exit the creek and on “three” he raised his gun and took Demby’s head off with one shot of his musket. With this extreme example of absolute cruelty of the overseers and masters, Douglass gives an excellent example of the

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