The Life Of Frederick Douglass Narrative Analysis Essay

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Frederick Douglass Narrative Analysis Frederick Douglass was a famous abolitionist, he dedicated his life to helping end slavery. He wrote this narrative as a first-hand account of life as a slave. In this narrative, Douglass goes into many topics including family, education, discovering the truth about slavery, and slavery’s overall effect. He also discusses his times with the different masters that owned him. His goal was to inform people about how awful slavery was and what it caused in people. Frederick knew since a young age that he, as a slave, did not have the same rights as the white children. An example he includes in his narrative, is that he was not allowed to know his age like the white children. He said: “A want of information concerning my own was a source of unhappiness yo me even during childhood. The white children could tell their ages. I could not tell why I ought to be deprived of the same privilege.” (pg. 1182) Children born to slaves were separated from their mothers as infants (before reaching 1 year of age). Then the mother would have to go work on a different farm, while the child is put under the care of an elderly woman who is too old to be doing field work. “For what this separation is done, I do not know, unless it is to hinder the development of the child’s affection towards his mother, and to blunt and destroy the natural affection of the mother for the child. This is the inevitable result.” (pg. 1182)
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