Essay about Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

785 Words Feb 29th, 2016 4 Pages
Frederick Douglass wrote his autobiography titled Narrative of The Life of Frederick Douglass to take a stand against slavery and influence others to do so as well. One of the purposes of the autobiography is to spread awareness about the misconceptions towards the mythology of slavery. He does this by providing grotesque imagery, writing the autobiography, and explaining the system of slavery. Douglass destroys the romantic imagery of slavery by using vivid imagery when he describes the horrid realities of slavery. One of these realities being his experience with Mr. Gore and Demby. He uses explicit imagery when he describes the harsh reality behind slave overseers through Demby’s death “His mangled body sank out of sight, and blood and brains marked the water where he had stood.” (20) to clearly rebuke the romantic image of slavery. Another experience that Douglass describes despairingly is Mrs. Hamilton’s treatment of Mary “The head, neck, and shoulders of Mary were literally cut to pieces... So much was Mary kicked and cut to pieces, that she was oftener called “pecked” than by her name.” (31) By showing the inhumane treatment of slaves and describing with uncensored scrutiny the pain and despair experienced by slaves everywhere, Douglass rebukes the romantic imagery of slavery. Douglass’s narrative is a testimony against the belief of black intellectual inferiority. This is true, because the narrative is written with proper grammar, syntax, and structure, equivalent…

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