Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Essay

1345 Words Nov 9th, 2015 6 Pages
“On the eve of the Civil War, Ira Berlin writes in Slaves Without Masters, there were a total of 488,070 free blacks living in the United States. That’s almost 10 percent of the entire black population” (Gates 4). There were more free African Americans living in the South and stayed there during the Civil War. The powerful, moving, and horrific biography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, shows the great desire slaves had to be free. At the beginning of the book, Douglass is stabatashed to believe he is a slave forever. When he can lead his desire to overcome his fears, he acquires freedom. While slavery can seem beneficial to slaveholders and the country, Douglass expresses his feelings regarding rules of slavery, using rhetoric ethos and pathos in his narrative to disprove the socio-economic and religious argument.
Slavery; the advancement of the country, the benefit for masters and their land. These few socio-economic reasons are argued against by Frederick Douglass, the captured slave. Douglass uses several examples of Pathos to appeal to the reader 's emotional and sensitive side. In the first chapter of his narrative, he mentions the cruel and torturous beatings his Aunt Hester receives from Captain Anthony. When the Captain called for Hester at night, she didn 't come and he found out that she had gone out with another slave named Ned, against the Captain’s orders. Captain Anthony brings Aunt Hester home, strips her to the waist, ties her, and whips her.…

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