Essay about Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

833 Words Feb 16th, 2016 4 Pages
In the book Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave there are many messages for the reader. The most obvious one is that slavery is despicable, but underneath that there is a message that humans are extremely resilient. The author and narrator Frederick Douglass describes his life as a slave in Maryland in the early nineteenth century, he tells the reader of the many hardships he and his fellow slaves had to endure in their lives and how they were able to survive.
First, Frederick Douglass was born into slavery and had a very difficult childhood. He was forced to grow up without parents because he didn’t know his father, and he was separated from his mother when he was still a baby. While Douglass was a small child on the plantation he had no one to protect him, or care for him. His aunt was brutally abused right in front of him and he said, “I was so terrified and horror-stricken at the sight, that I hid myself in a closet, and dared not venture out till long after the bloody transaction was over. I expected it would be my turn next.” (Douglass 52). This poor child was in a dangerous environment and there was nothing he could do about it, and he had no one to help him. Douglass was forced to live in conditions that child should have to endure. He states, “I suffered much from hunger, but much more from cold,” (71). He goes on to say that he was forced to sleep in a bag on the floor and that during the nights his would feet get so cold they developed…

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