Theme Of Narrative In The Life Of Sojourner Truth By Frederick Douglass

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Life as a slave was very interesting in 1789. Many slaves wrote Slave Narratives to show their life story. All types of Slave Narratives talk about one or two themes as a whole. They focus on why life as a slave was hard in reality and how they needed faith to fight for their freedom. Slave Narrative authors, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, and Olaudah Equiano, use the assurance of faith, the intensity of truth, and craving for freedom in their writing to promote the end of slavery.

Sojourner Truth talks about the confidence of faith, in her novel “Narrative in the Life of Sojourner Truth,” due to being with God and fighting for what is right. While Sojourner Truth was a slave, she had questioned if God was actually there due to the bad
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Frederick Douglass felt like he was denied education and love. As a slave, they were only limited to working on the farm or in the house. If they were bad during their work or made their owner upset they were beaten. Houston A. Baker Jr. talked about how Douglass’s elaborates the hard times in his work by saying, “Humans are whipped and slaughtered like animals; men and women are changed into maniacal and sadistic creatures by power; the strength of mind and body is destroyed by an avaricious and degrading system” (Baker 80). Douglass also felt as if he lacked basic knowledge or information in general as well as the world around him. He had become mindful of this by writing, “[Literacy] had given me a view of my wretched condition, without the remedy. It opened my eyes to the horrible pit, but to no ladder upon which to get out” (Douglass 36). Douglass is saying that after he became literate he had never realized how dull and terrible slavery was. He saw how hard it was to be a slave then try to be a free person. Frederick Douglass describes the intensity of truth as a slave and the struggles which aided him in contributing the abolition of …show more content…
He took control of his life when he bought his freedom from his master and stated, “that, before night, I whom had been a slave in the morning, trembling at the will of another, was become my own master, and completely free” (Equiano 162). He had finally gotten himself free and was able to move past being a slave and go onto a regular life. After he was free, Equiano converted to Christianity. He had felt as if he has been free from sin and saved by God. Angelo Costanzo wrote in his article, “The spiritual account follows a three-part structure in describing a life of sin, a conversion experience, and the emergence of a new religious identity. Equation relates his spiritual undertaking in that manner,” (Costanzo 825) saying that he went through these steps which he believes helped him with his struggle of escaping slavery. Olaudah Equiano took control of his life once he had become free from slavery and saved by God, this helped him promote the abolition of

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