Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

1067 Words Mar 18th, 2016 5 Pages
A true horror story is that of a slave. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, by Frederick Douglass speaks of the many horrors of being a slave. Many of the scenarios he himself has witnessed or gone through. It tells how horrible the slaves were treated, and many of the horrific tortures such as: whipping, rape, beatings, shackling, hanging, burning, mutilation, branding and imprisonment, and several other horrifying acts place upon slaves. Douglass tells that numerous of these torturings, and punishments had gone unprovoked. A slave would get whipped for almost every little reason, such as: being slow, doing something wrong, or simply just because a master wanted to show his or her dominance over the slaves. A slave 's life was stripped from the just to end up being another man 's toy. One of the horrors of being a slave came as simple as not knowing their own birthday or age. In the first chapter of Douglass’s autobiography, he tells “I have no accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic record containing it” (Douglass 1). To a modern day person knowledge of their own birthday might not seem significant to them, but in reality a birthday is something that makes you human. It’s the day you were born, and once a year it 's a day you get to celebrate yourself. Sadly this was not a privilege most slaves got to experience, since most, if not all had knowledge of their birthday or age. Another act slaves were subjected to…

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