The Narrative Of Life Of Frederick Douglass Essay

1061 Words Apr 26th, 2016 5 Pages
Slavery to Freedom Frederick Douglass is someone that is looked up to as an inspiration to many people around the world. History states, “Brilliant, heroic, and complex, Douglass became a symbol of his age and a unique voice of humanism and social justice” (“Frederick Douglass”). Frederick Douglass was an important figure in his lifetime because not only of the trails he overcome but also the many accomplishments he later achieved. Throughout the semester the theme of individual vs. society has been discussed in several of the stories. After reading the Narrative of Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, the theme of individual vs. society was a stand out. Frederick Douglass, being the individual, was faced with the society in way that he was told what or what he could not do until finally becoming a free man. Dealing with brutal treatment, being told what he could or could not do throughout enslavement, and Douglass’s mindset/emotion of what is going on around him are what make the theme of individual vs. society in this story. First, the theme of individual vs. society can be seen with the harsh treatment and punishment that Douglass faced while in slavery. Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland, around 1818. While being in slavery, Douglass did not always receive the best treatment. Douglass was not the only one that faced being treated poorly and receiving harsh punishment, but also he had to watch his loved ones around him endure…

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