Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

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In the autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American slave, by Frederick Douglass, Douglass describes the brutal and inhumane conditions slaves were forced to live through in the south under white slave masters. In this personal narrative, Douglass proves that slavery doesn’t just impact the slave but also their masters, morals and beliefs. To prove this argument Douglass uses specific events that happened in his life such as personal experience, character analysis and strong emotions that relate towards his negative effects of slavery.
Douglass’ first encounter with dehumanization is when he talks about black slave children having their white masters as a father, himself being the example. He explains how these master’s neglect their child and destroy their lives. Douglass recalls, “The master is forced to sell his mulatto children or constantly whip them out of deference to the feelings of his white wife“ (Douglass 17). This is a tough situation for everyone, specially for the slave children and the master. The master is forced to pick over his mulatto child or his white family. The master usually picks his white family since he has no actual feeling for the mulatto child and cares more about his reputation. This can often lead to cruelty and resentfulness to his slave children. Douglass puts himself in the shoes of the a slave child and imagines if he was the son of a master in order to fully explain his claim that slavery dehumanizes slaves…

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