Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Essay

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Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. New York: Dover Publications, 1995.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass depicts one slave’s journey from the heartache of slavery to joyfulness of freedom. Frederick Douglass is one of the most renowned American authors. His narrative is one of the most read slave accounts. Its focus is on white’s treatment on innocent African Americans and covers many horrid experiences of slave life. The book ingeniously opens the eyes of every reader to the hatred and prejudices of slavery. The book brings alive the constant struggle of life in the 1800s. It was perfectly written to reach the emotion of the reader. I appreciated the variety of topics discussed, such as education, racism, hypocrisy, and freedom. Each topic gave a different view on life as a slave. I admire and marvel at Frederick Douglass’s desire for an education. He quotes, “Though conscious of the difficulty of learning without a teacher, I set out with high hope, and a fixed purpose, at whatever cost of trouble, to learn how to read.” After hearing his master talk about the forbiddance of teaching a slave to read, made him understand the pathway to freedom. After reading about Frederick’s consistent fight to learn, it made me realize the value and privilege of an education. He realized that an education truly determines one’s future. Why was knowledge forbidden to slaves? The masters were aware of the slaves’ potential for a…

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