The Life Of Frederick Douglas 's Narrative Of The Life Of A Slave Girl

1391 Words Oct 22nd, 2014 6 Pages
Through literary techniques, writers are able to generate stories that arise sympathy and increase understanding of their audience, providing them with the tools necessary to bring change within society. This is demonstrated in Jacob and Douglass’s works as they embody the human correlation in races through their description of the dehumanizing body of slavery. In his autobiography, “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas”, set in the early to middle 1800s in the states of Maryland, New York, New Bedford and Baltimore, Frederick Douglas highlights the cruel aspects of slavery and his transition from a boy into a young man through his escape from slavery, serving as a source of inspiration for former slaves. Similarly in the slave narrative, “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl”, Harriet Jacobs depicts Linda’s journey to freeing herself from the the powerful grasp of slavery while trying to save her relationships with others at the same time. Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs share their stories in order to present white audiences with the horrors of slavery and serve as agents for change within society. First Douglass speaks of the factor that deprived him from an education and eventually led him to use literature as the weapon to obtain his freedom from slavery. The first time the contaminating effect appears in the narrative, it is illustrated through Mrs.Auld. When Douglass first meets here she is unaccustomed to the ways of slavery, and thus, had a…

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