Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Essay

1510 Words Nov 30th, 2014 7 Pages
Frederick Douglass’ autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself, (1845) depicts the life of Frederick Douglass struggling through the brutalities of slavery. Known as a distinct individual who “plead the cause of African-Americans for over fifty years” (1170), former slave and African-American author Frederick Douglass overcame the challenges of slavery and assisted in promoting freedom. Due to his unique expression of experiencing slavery, Douglass’ personal narrative is well revered by, among others, many scholars of African-American literature. In his autobiography, Douglass informs the audience about the truth of slavery while exposing its evils and ruthlessness and persuades the audience that the institution of slavery should be abolished. Frederick Douglass explains that the truth of slavery is an unequal institution by which violence is used to dehumanize slaves. He achieves this by employing the use of personal anecdotes and appealing to the audience’s emotions which helps the audience empathize with the author. Throughout the narrative, Douglass describes his experiences in a manner that allows the audience to feel the shameful treatment of being owned by a slave master. Douglass opens the first chapter of his personal narrative describing the violent and gory beating of his Aunt Hester. He remembers that Aunt Hester’s slave owner would “take great pleasure in whipping a slave” and he would whip “where the blood…

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