Essay on The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

1151 Words Aug 17th, 2016 5 Pages
In the narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, by Frederick Douglass himself, education is a crucial theme. The power of literacy can affect slaves in two different paths: pure torture based on disappointments in truth of slavery, or deemed as a pivotal life tool for self- liberation. Ultimately in the narrative, education is viewed as an important necessity to find true freedom in one’s self by becoming psychologically able to reason, discovering injustice of slavery to its advantage, and by learning valued human rights. In Douglass’s revelation and pursing of education to self freedom, he developed skill to reason and comprehend language more efficiently. With Douglass’s new ability, he is able to liberate himself by refusing to exist as an ignorant slave by his master, and disproving the stereotypical African American in the U.S. Mr. Auld, one of Douglass’s masters, says, “Learning would spoil the best nigger in the world… It would forever unfit him to be a slave”(Douglass 20). This idea is exactly what Douglass is striving for. He so desires to be educated and escape the stereotype of his position as a slave, being “unfit” as he is teaching himself language. Douglass’s capability to be an educated slave despite living in an era of naivety enlightens his spirt to find inner freedom as a slave. Douglass also says, “ The paper[“The liberator”] became my meat and drink. My soul was set on fire. Its sympathy for my brethren in bonds—its scathing denunciations of…

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