Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Essay

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The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, Frederick Douglass illustrates, through personal experience, the brutality and violence of slave life. Douglas has many arguments against slavery and says that under no circumstance is slavery justified. Douglass uses his own life experiences to tell us about the evils of slavery. One main argument that Douglas makes against slavery is the dehumanizing effect the institution of slavery puts on both the slaveholder and the slave. The white slave owner treats the slaves like animals rather than people. Slaves are denied basic liberties guaranteed by the Declaration of Independence. Slaves don’t know their birthday and are taken from their mother before their first birthday and is unable to form any relationship with his mother. “By far the larger part of the slaves know as little of their ages as horses know of theirs, and it is the wish of most masters within my knowledge to keep their slaves thus ignorant. I do not remember to have ever met a slave who could tell of his birthday.” (12} Here Douglas compares a slave to a horse. The slave owner gave no more thought to separating children from its mother than separating an animal from its mother. In fact Douglas implies that the slave owner gave more care to his horse than to slaves. “His stable and carriage-house presented the appearance of some of our large city livery establishments”. (19) The slave owner deliberately keeps the slaves ignorant and in…

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