Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass An American Slave Essay

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He knows that is grandmother has passed away because her masters had taken her to the woods to “live” out the rest of her days. With someone being that old and unable to properly care for themselves, this is practically murder at this time in age. Just for this section, Fredrick Douglas writes in present tense because he wants his audience, at the time this was mainly directed at northerners, to see and feel like they were with his dying grandma. An intense appeal to Pathos and perhaps the most touching seen throughout the duration of this text. Without physically being able to witness his grandmother’s death, he and all those who knew her realized what fate would soon befall the old and withered woman. Supposedly this was a merciful death for a slave at the time, although it was almost no different from being shot. This “gift” of being able to starve to death …show more content…
Most of which sprout from the premise that Christian teachings are those of acceptance and love for all who cross your path. However, it is blatantly obvious that these are not held to heart during the slave trade era in southern United States of America. The overwhelming number of slaveholders, especially in the south, were devout “christens” and that is what Fredrick Douglass and other slaves use against them. By being better Christians then their owners, many slaves were able to see hope and use that to help overcome their terrible situations with the idea that this too shall pass. By simply owning a slave, or being a neutral bystander, you are not fulfilling your heavenly duty to see righteousness and fairness being equal among all persons. I believe that Fredrick Douglass’s two largest contribution to slaves of his time were education and religion. Both of which gave hope during dark times and both helped people develop an unsavory and hateful perspective towards slavery as a

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