The Narrative Of Fredrick Douglass Essay

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In The Narrative of Fredrick Douglass, he uses his own experiences and point of view to convey the horrors of slavery. This is an effect created by the personal touch of his narrative. “Mr. Gore then, without consultation or deliberation with any one, not even giving Demby an additional call, raised his musket to his face, taking deadly aim at his standing victim, and in an instant poor Demby was no more (27).” In this quote, Douglass describes a deadly encounter between his overseer, Mr. Gore, and Demby, a slave. Through Douglass’ personal experience of the situation he is able to portray the hellishness of Mr. Gore through his immediate murder of Demby. “The truth was, that he had not whipped me at all. I considered him as getting entirely the worst end of the bargain; for he had drawn no blood from me, but I had from him. The whole six months afterwards, that I spent with Mr. Covey, he never laid the weight of his finger upon me in anger (67).” In Douglass’ last straw for slavery, he prevents being whipped. This is a description of an event that happened to him which, allows for more detailed encounters of how he changed his experience as a slave. “I have often been awakened at the dawn of day by the most heart-rending shrieks of an own aunt of mine, whom he used to tie up to a joist, and whip upon her naked back till she was literally covered with blood (13).” The horribleness of slavery is, in this quote, shown to not only affect the one being whipped, Douglass’ Aunt,…

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