Essay about The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

1475 Words Oct 10th, 2016 6 Pages
The past weeks we have read a book named Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. The book is about a former slave named Frederick Douglass, who was born into slavery which he didn’t fully understand until a later stage of his life. The book addresses his life as a slave and how he came to understand the meaning of slavery in a segregated world where white supremacy existed. In the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, the author Douglass mentions the importance of education and how it helped him to freedom but at the same time how painful it was to learn the truth of how Africans ended up as slaves in the first place. In the book, Mr. Douglass challenges many of the beliefs of the slaveholders and the purpose of education, and how slavery is not only hurtful to the slaves but also to the slave owners. While I have been reading I have come to realize that when most people think about education, they see only the good in it, but my paper is going to discuss that education can not only be used as a good thing, but also as a bad thing.
One of the ways education is used as a bad thing is by dehumanizing the slaves. In the first two chapters of the book Douglass introduces himself to the readers. Douglass tells the readers that he doesn’t have any knowledge about his age and he has never, in fact, met another slave who could tell his age (41). This quote shows how the slave 's owners managed to dehumanize their slaves by keeping something as simple as their age from…

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