Essay on Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

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Fredrick Douglass is an activist for the anti-slavery movement and has publically spoken at multiple different abolitionist rallies in the 1800s, shining light on the horrors of slavery. He eventually wrote an autobiography based on his experiences as a slave, describing the everyday sufferings that his people have gone through for being coloured in the United States. In chapter four of his autobiography, “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself”, he goes into the types of violence and oppressive that he saw and experienced, whether it was through physical beatings or the failure of a just legal system. While describing these different forms of brutality, he also uses these examples to show the contrasts between the harsh lives that slaves have served and the more peaceful ones that their masters lead, using varying techniques to allow the audience to emphasize against slavery and to realize how terribly immoral the system is. There are many different types of violence and oppression that are mentioned throughout his book, but in just chapter four alone, Douglass highlights the torturing of slaves, the killing of the coloured, how the legal system prevented slaves from seeking justice, and the legal system failing to do anything regarding the cruelty of slave owners. In regards to torturing, Douglass mentions an overseer by the name of Mr. Austin Gore and how he would use torture for the slightest reason, regardless of whether…

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