Essay The Narrative Life Of Frederick Douglass

1131 Words Nov 21st, 2016 5 Pages
Frederick Douglass’ novel, The Narrative life of Frederick Douglass, has many accounts that show different ways that slaveholders enslaved people. Through Douglass accounts, we see that the slaveholders dehumanized people so that they can have complete control over them since slaves are what they need to fulfill their greed. In Douglass novel men and women go from human to slave due to several methods the white slave owners employed. The slave owners deny the slaves of bonds, they destroy their unity and leave them uneducated, granted, Douglass was also a slave, but he made himself a man by educating himself, forming bonds and using fear to his advantage.
The slaves live together, eat together and suffer together, so they understand each other’s pain. What would happen if they were separated from their family or friends without knowing why? A major method in turning people into slaves is separating the children from their mothers. For example, in Douglass accounts, “Douglass is separated from his mother to hinder the development of the child’s affection toward its mother and to destroy the natural affection of the mother for the child” (pg. 2). The slaveholders not only deprive the slaves of freedom, but they also deny them a bond between parents so that slaves would have no need to seek revenge for their family. Thus, when Douglass mother dies he feels no sorrow, he can’t do anything about though she is his mother he knows nothing about her. Though the slaves might be…

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