Frederick Douglass 's Narrative Of The Life Of Fredrick Douglass

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Douglass 's Personal Growth Fredrick Douglass was an enslaved African American who escaped slavery. This is a rare occurrence for slaves to break away from their strenuous lives, in which they are viewed as objects to their masters. In the personal narrative Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass by Frederick Douglass, he evolved from a slave who viewed himself as worthless into a capable man hungry for freedom. Douglass became a confident slave striving towards independence and personal growth. He portrays this by growing in intelligence, racial pride, and courage. Douglass was born into slavery and for a great deal of years accepted being a slave and all the limitations that this involved. He did not realize until later, however, how much he was deprived mentally from his masters. Douglass 's intelligence flourished over the years and caused personal growth. Douglass realized this when his master 's wife began to teach him how to read and the master responded to this event with profuse anger. "To use his own words, further, he said, 'If you give a nigger an inch, he will take an ell. A nigger should know nothing but to obey his master-to do as he is told to do. Learning would spoil the best nigger in the world '"(Douglass 34). These words spoken from his master sparked something inside of Douglass. He now had a thirst for knowledge. Douglass was now gaining intelligence that increased his ability to process information in a more appropriate way, mentally.…

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