Essay on Narrative Of The Life Of Fredrick Douglas

1432 Words Oct 6th, 2016 6 Pages
Slave Narrative is a genre of literature that was either written by slaves themselves, or described by them to someone else who wrote their accounts for them. These narratives described the mental, psychological, emotional, and psychical mistreatment as a slave. In 1789, Olaudah Equiano published an autobiography titled “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African”. Equiano’s narrative describes his life as a slave, his travels, and ultimately his life as a free man. One of the most well-known slave narratives was written by Fredrick Douglas. In 1845, Fredrick Douglas published his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglas, An American Slave. Douglas’ fascinating narrative allows us to witness the South and reveals the daily fears he endured as a slave, coming into social and moral consciousness by disobeying slave masters.
In “Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglas, An American Slave”, Douglas presents himself as a truthful, reasoned, and rationale man. He offers evidence and examples of the mistreatment slaves faced in the South that allow for a deeper feeling of emotion. It seems as though Douglas’ specific qualities are less important than the comparison of his conditions to those of all other slaves. At times, Douglas exists merely as a witness, allowing others to place themselves in the position as a witness also. In “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the…

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