The Narrative Life Of Frederick Douglass Essay

1334 Words Nov 14th, 2016 6 Pages
Throughout history, intelligence is represented by light and ignorance is represented by darkness. Hence knowledge and education, the key to all intelligence, banishes the darkness and ushers in the light. The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass reveals that the condition of slavery and education are incompatible. Ignorance is one way slave owners kept their slaves manageable and calm. The chains of slavery had less effect when a slave became aware of their situation through gained intelligence. Many believe that education can only be defined as the knowledge one gains from books and professors. Yet education is not simply memorizing information but the ability to make intelligent decisions, from individual ideas, and know right from wrong. Albert Einstein once said, “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of minds to think.” (Albert Einstein, Quotable Quotes, 2015) Einstein means that education’s central purpose is to get people to think and develop their own ideas, not to fill brains with knowledge they will not put into action. Education is lighting a fire of free thinking and bringing awareness to the individual. In order to be free, slaves first needed to be educated. An uneducated slave is forced to blindly accept the commands of their owner because they do not know that slavery is unnatural and that they should not be oppressed. Douglass argues in his memoir that education, the ability to think freely for one’s self, is a…

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