Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Essay

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Frederick Douglass in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave provides a glimpse into life as a Slave in America. He begins his story at the birth of his life and continues all the way through to his becoming a free man. He provides first hand accounts of personal struggle and growth as well as insight as to what caused events in his life to happen. Throughout his narrative, he provides an underlying message. That message is that slavery is dehumanizing, both for the Slave and the Master. When Frederick Douglass talks about his childhood, he leaves out some key details due to lack of knowledge. For example, he doesn’t tell us who his Father is. He also doesn’t mention when he was born. As he states, “I have no accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic record containing it.” (Douglass, 17) He goes on to say, “By far the larger part of the slaves know as little of their ages as horses know of theirs.” (Douglass, 17)
During his time as a Slave, Frederick Douglass recalls the provisions that were given to slaves. “The men and women slaves received, as their monthly allowance of food, eight pounds of pork, or its equivalent in fish, and one bushel of corn meal. Their yearly clothing consisted of two coarse linen shirts, one pair of linen trousers, like the shirts, one jacket, one pair of trousers for winter, made of coarse negro cloth, one pair of stockings, and one pair of shoes; the whole of which could not have cost more than seven…

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