Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Essay

1108 Words Aug 24th, 2015 5 Pages
We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future- Frederick Douglass.
The novel, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, written by himself, contains his views on his life. He escaped slavery to then live in the North, where Douglass became a well known abolitionist who wrote speeches for the anti-slavery campaign. He was able to create potent works for the campaign. In the novel, Douglass uses the events in his life and a variety of strategies to build effective arguments against slavery. These strategies are: to influence readers with emotions, convince them by using logic and to prove that he is a credible, moral person. Writing these strategies into his Narrative, his arguments became useful in his fight for abolishing slavery. The use of emotion on his readers allow them to see Douglass’s view. “They [slaves] would sometimes sing the most pathetic sentiment in the most rapturous tone, and the most rapturous sentiment in the most pathetic tone”(29). Harsh lyrics connected with pathetic tones give readers the thought of despair. The tunes are the slaves’ way in conceding. Readers feel tribulation as they imagine the feelings of slaves. Then tribulation leads to sympathy, then readers try to understand the problem of heartache slaves express. “We felt, and very properly too, that we had almost as well be slaves to man as to rum”(85). Many readers could sympathize exactly with the sorrow slaves felt during this time. Alcoholism…

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