Essay on The Douglass ' Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

809 Words Apr 22nd, 2015 4 Pages
Frederick Douglass’ Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself, had an almost overwhelming effect on my mind and attitude. Slavery is implausible. It works to inhibit a human beings reasoning levels and their ability to question the world around them in the quest for knowledge. However, Douglass’ knowledge fueled his passion for freedom at times it was also his downfall, “In moments of agony, I envied my fellow-slaves for their stupidity. I have often wished myself a beast” (1200). Douglass’ extremely vivid depiction of the brutality of slavery without a doubt portrayed his powerful message of the ambition of slaves to become free. No other literature that I have ever read has protested slavery in such a way. Piano explains, “Douglass had to write his narrative in a way that made it socially acceptable to white liberals by reproducing the myth of the successful individual” (Piano), which I believe Douglass achieve through his remarkable story-telling skills. By telling the story from his own point of view and experiences Douglass truly astonishes his audience as Fuller explains, “Considered merely as a narrative, we have never read one more simple, true, coherent, and warm with genuine feeling” (Fuller). Douglass also depicts the progression he makes from internalizing the slaveholder viewpoints about what his identity should be to creating an identity of his own making. Thus, Douglass’ narrative depicts not simply a search for…

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