Essay on Frederick Douglass 's Learning On Read And Write

1451 Words Oct 24th, 2016 6 Pages
In “Learning To Read and Write, Frederick Douglass depicts his life as a young slave trying to read and write without a proper teacher. He not only speaks of unconventional ways of learning but also the world in which he was living in. It shows the epitome of human cruelty. It represents the extent of which humans can be killers. Frederick Douglass uses pathos, irony, and metaphors to make us relay to his struggle to read and write and showing that he accomplished many things against unconquerable odds. Frederick Douglass uses the struggle to learn how to read and write as one side effect of slavery, “ I used also to carry bread with me, enough of which was always in the house, and to which I was always welcome; for I was much better off in this regard than many of the poor white children in our neighborhood. This bread I used to be stow upon the hungry little urchins, who, in return, would give me that more valuable bread of knowledge.”(Douglas 1082) This illustrates that Frederick Douglass had to trade something that was vital to survival, food, to learn how to read and write. This also illustrates that poor white kids in the neighborhood knew how to read and write while Frederick Douglass, a slave, did not know how to read and write. Frederick Douglass was relatively more well off, but still was inferior to these kids. It still wasn’t enough for him to be considered a regular human. Knowing how to read and write seems basic, but these slaves didn’t have that…

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