Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Essay

795 Words Jun 9th, 2015 4 Pages
“Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave” (Douglass, 156) was written by Frederick Douglass himself. He was born in Tuckahoe; near Hillsborough in Talbot County, Maryland (Douglass, 165, p. 1). Douglass was born into slavery and like all other slaves barely knew his mother, his age or year he was born. Slaves were deprived of knowledge because their masters sought it easier to handle them if they were ignorant. Douglass wrote his narrative in the time slavery was trying to be abolished. His narrative has many aspects of his life and how all slaves were treated with no respect but more like animals. This leads to the theme of Douglass narrative, which is a message on how slavery was wrong, and that can be figured out because of the way the author used the setting, the author’s style of tone, and the character traits of the author’s character to show how painful and hard is was to be a black person in that era.
The setting of the story takes place from 1818 – 1845 (autobiography.com). It was a time when Africans were used as slaves to harvest plantations for white people. Africans and African Americans had the worse time of despair during slavery. They were not allowed to further their education, get married, have their mother’s affection, or have any rights. They were left to be whipped, tortured, raped, and used as savaged animals. The first time Douglass witnessed a horrible exhibition was when he was a young child by his first master Anthony…

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