Narrative Of The Life Of Fredrick Douglass Essay

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Fredrick Douglass says, “You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man” (163). Douglass lives during the period in history during which blacks are harshly enslaved. He explains how one can become enslaved and lose his humanity, but eventually he will shed that bondage by overcoming that which is constricting him and regain his status in the human race. Douglas’s statement is figurative; it is portrayed in The Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass, by Fredrick Douglass; “A Raisin in the Sun,” by Lorraine Hansberry; andA Separate Peace, by John Knowles. In Frederick Douglass’s autobiography, he portrays his progression from a slave to a man. In the beginning of his narrative, he is a slave to his fear. His slavery is described, “Slavery…injurious…to me” (160). He describes how devastating slavery is to him. He elaborates on his feelings at thetime and says, “I had become…insensible to my lot…a young heart overborne with sadness” (161). He describes his suffering during slavery;he accepts the slavery as his fate, out of fear. From a young age, he is overcome with sadness and is not only a slave to his master, but to his trepidation as well. His acceptance of slavery does not last long. After a harsh beating he begins to overcome his fear of his master and bounding slavery. He describes, “At this moment I resolved for the first time to go to my master and enter a complaint” (163). He decides to approach his master about the beating…

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