Frederick Douglass Learning To Read And Write Analysis

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journal entry in this essay. “Learning to read and write,’’ by Frederick Douglass. Douglass is talking about how he was a slave, who’s owners did not want him to read or learn anything educational. Douglass said when he would be in a room for a long period of times his owners assumed he was reading and would get up set. Because of this, he would take the books he had with him when he would run errands for his owners. He would then make friends with the white kids, and they would help teach him how to read. He also had them help him learn to wright. He said he would write letters he new from being in Durgin and Baileys ship- yard. He would show a boy what he new, and they would try to beat one another by who could wright the most letters. Douglass said that’s, “how I got a good many lessons.” Douglass worked hard to want to be smart. He new if people were not going to help him, he would have to do it for himself. For example, when I was in elementary school to high school I didn’t really have anyone teaching me how to wright, so I had to take it append myself to learn. I mad myself read books even though I did not want to, but I new, that is …show more content…
The reason why he said this is because he was stating to know the real truth about slavery; he new that it was not by accident why he was a slave, but he was as salve on purpose. He started to realize that reading really was not all that great. Because he started to know the truth at just 12 years old. Even thought this quote is sad, I like it because its saying, In life we will want something more than anything and once we get it, we see its not what we thought it was going to be. I think this is sad, because all he wanted to do was read but instead he starts to know the truth about why he’s a slave and that he’s a slave for

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