Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Essay

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Frederick Douglass in his memoir Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass explores the idea of humanity and the choices we are faced in our lives. His choice was simply put. "I now resolved that however long might remain a slave in form, the day had passed forever when I would be a slave in fact" (P. 55). Douglass refers to his idea that there is a separation, but symbiotic relationship between being free in form, but enslaved in fact. This idea was crucial for Frederick Douglass, but also allows us as a reader to view ourselves as ask key questions to better understand the society we live in and how we may be free in form but enslaved in fact. How does our society today relate to this? How do you or I personally relate to this? And most importantly what are the lessons that we can take away from Frederick Douglass’ experience with this vital question?
During Douglass’ fight with Mr. Covey, a turning point for the novel, he states, "I now resolved that however long might remain a slave in form, the day had passed forever when I would be a slave in fact” (P. 55). This decisive and declarative statement forever changes his path in life. Through, the close reading of the passage it highlights a key idea of the novel in respect to humanity and the choices humans have for their lives. Others may label you, but you are the only one who can label yourself and give yourself the identity that you wish to have. Others who label you in form can never fully change your true identity…

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