Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Essay

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The life of Fredrick Douglass was not an easy one considering the obstacles he surpassed. Through the emotionally charged language in his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass describes the oppression he witnessed and faced to convey that knowledge gained through literacy seems bittersweet because while it helped him escape, it also served as a reminder of the thousands of people still enslaved. However by describing the role of literacy in his escape and utilizing his literacy to write his narrative, Douglass ultimately communicates that literacy is the key to combat inequality. When Douglass was a slave he among the rest of the slaves, was illiterate. Slaves did not know why they were being treated in such an inhumane way. In his narrative, Douglass wrote “The head, neck, and shoulders of Mary were literally cut to pieces. I have frequently felt her head and found it nearly covered with festering sores, caused by the lash of her cruel mistress”. Slaves went through hell every day because to the white folks they were property not people. The owners believed they could treat them in any way. Douglass’ emotionally capturing diction shows the unknown cruelty of slavery to white people. He used literally in “literally cut to pieces” to give the audience the visualization that every time Mary was whipped, she lost a piece of her body and in other words her soul. Dehumanizing slaves was a practice that the majority of slave owners committed because…

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