Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass An American Slave Summary

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The book, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave, reads an incredible story of one man’s struggle to become a free from the bonds of slavery. Experiencing his hardships and celebrate his triumphs along the way, the story saddens you with the cruelty of humans, but leaves you crying for joy. Written to prove a well-educated black man was indeed a slave and even with a life riddled with trials and tribulations he roses above and succeeded in obtaining his dream of being a freeman. Fredrick Douglas was born a slave and as a small child he was unable to work in the fields and spent a lot of his days wondering around the plantations where he lived. Being born a slave he was ignorant to his circumstance. It was not until …show more content…
Convey attacked Frederick. Frederick fought back with everything he had. For Fredrick as a slave, this tussle would be the turning point for him. “It rekindled the few expiring embers of freedom, and revived within me a sense of my own manhood.” (Douglas,1845)
In the year 1835, Fredrick was determined, this year was going be the year he at least tried to escape. With a group of slaves, he had been teaching to read, he made plans for escape, but before the plan started it ended. It ended with Fredrick and two others being arrested and while the arrest seemed a terrible blow to his dream of freedom, it would lead to him back to Hugh Auld and on to a different path towards freedom. Hugh Auld hired him out to learn a trade. A trade, he would learn and would help aid him on his way to being a freeman.
On September 3, 1838 Fredrick would begin the end of his life as a slave. He travelled to New York City and New York City is were he began his journey as a free man.
Over the course of this story, Fredrick grew as a person from an ignorant slave to a well-educated man. Starting life as a slave and being giving the gift of reading and writing he began to realize that he wanted more out of like then he had as a slave. Using his new found skills he planned and finally achieved his dream to be a free

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