Essay about The Narrative Of Frederick Douglass

703 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 3 Pages
Frederick Douglass writes The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass during the time before the Civil War, surprisingly as a freed slave. As a slave there were many obstacles that had to be overcome to write a narrative of this sort and Douglass is very successful at doing this. By using formal English, an excessive amount of adjectives in an inspired tone, imagery, pathos and an enlightened mood Douglass is successfully able to get his point across to his audience.
Douglass uses formal English instead of informal to better appeal to his audience, who is used to the formal way of writing. He does not write in the vernacular, which is very deviant from the way a freed slave at the time would write. Douglass does this to appeal to his white educated audience so that he would, in the narrative, appear an equal to any of the readers. He also uses politically correct terms, such as "colored man instead of the offensive "nigger so that his audience will not feel uncomfortable with the text.
In the majority of the passage Frederick Douglass makes good use of adjectives to give an inspired feeling to the audience. He uses so many adjective that it almost gives the feeling of hyperboles being used because of the exaggeration in the quantity of adjectives For example, he says "gazing with wonder and admiration at the splendid churches, beautiful dwellings, and finely-cultivated garden, "cheerful earnestness, "all seemed to go smoothly on. He makes many comparisons of slavery to the free…

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