Rhetorical Analysis Of ' How Of Read And Write ' Essays

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Redo of Rhetorical Analysis of “How to Read and Write” (Frederick Douglass)

During an era of slavery, manifest destiny, and no hopes of abolition, Frederick Douglass depicts a world where slavery enters the kindest of souls, and pollutes the soul to have no kindness left, only hatred and anger. In the empowering narrative “How to Read and Write”, Douglass sheds light on the cruelty of slavery and its pervasive impact, though his journey to ultimately gain his ability to think through reading and writing. Douglass manages to pull this off by first speaking about his Mistress and their interactions, followed Mistress’ transformation, and finally, the detrimental effects of thinking. Douglass begins his narrative by discussing his case with Master Hugh’s wife, who Douglass called Mistress. When it came time to teach Douglass the art of reading, she did not have the evil required to “...shut[ting] [Douglass] up in mental darkness”. This metaphor is the unfortunate truth about other slaves at the time. They did not have the ability to read, and Mistress lacked the ability to say “no”, so she enables Douglass to escape the mental darkness, and learn to think. Mistress is a person who has an odd way to view Douglass. Her perception is odd in the way that she treats Douglass “...as she supposed one person ought to treat another”. This alludes to the the golden rule in the bible: do to someone as you would like to be done to you. Douglass chooses to mention this because it…

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