Essay about Frederick Douglass And Mary Rowlandson

1092 Words Oct 1st, 2014 5 Pages
Captivity is defined as the state of being kept in a place and not being able to leave or be free. Frederick Douglass and Mary Rowlandson were both held captive at a point in their lives and managed to find their way to freedom. Though they lived hundreds of years apart and were brought up in completely opposing lifestyles, they both encountered people who sought to keep their independence from them. Douglass and Rowlandson are two very strong individuals who faced tough decisions. They could have chosen the simpler route of giving up and not pursuing their freedom but they both chose to fight for a better life. Since I have never faced any struggle that compares to what they endeavored I will not devalue either of their efforts. However, I believe that Douglass began his life with much less hope and many more factors working against him than Rowlandson, therefore he overcame greater oppression than she could have ever imagined. Rowlandson is born a free woman and leads a generally fulfilling and happy life until the Native Americans attack her settlement in Lancaster, Massachusetts. On the other hand, Douglass, as if his life wasn 't already harder solely based on the fact that he was born an African-American male, was not born a freeman, but a slave. He basically did not stand much of a chance to become anything more in life, while Rowlandson began her life with many opportunities. If she had chosen not to fight the Native Americans and just live contently…

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