Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass An American Slave

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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 one day Fredrick was selected to travel to Baltimore to live and work for Mr. Hugh Auld that his ignorance would change and he remembers this as one of the happiest times of his life. Upon the arrival to Baltimore, Fredrick was blessed with a “kind mistress”. “I was utterly astonished at her goodness.” (Douglas,1845) Teaching Fredrick his alphabet and helping him to learn three and four letter words until her husband (Mr. Hugh) found out and forbid her to continue her lessons. Unbeknownst to Mr. Hugh the damaged had already done.
Fredrick listening to Mr. Hugh’s rant about the consequences of teaching him how to read, realized that the “pathway from slavery to freedom. It was just what I wanted, and I got it at a time when I the…

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