The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Essay

738 Words Oct 18th, 2016 3 Pages
People judge others and form many biases due to their race and gender. Intersectionality is a concept that focuses on the “class, physical ability, age, sexuality, and gender disparities [..] and ways of looking at these structures of inequality” (Dill & Zambrana 1) and how these categories overlap and are connected to one another. Intersectionality can be used to show how race and gender are related in terms of inequality. In Particular Intersectionality can be used to compare Frederick Douglass’s battle with Covey in the story “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” and Harriet Jacobs’ battle with Dr. Flint in the story “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” . In each of these stories Intersectionality can be used to explain particular similarities and differences. In “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” Douglass writes about the hardships he went through as an African American slave. In the narrative Douglass describes an important event that had a great impact on the way his slave master treated him. This event was the battle with his slavemaster Mr. Covey. After Douglass was severely punished and beat by Mr. Covey multiple times, Douglass retaliated and punched covey multiple times. This event with “Covey was the turning-point in [Douglas’] career as a slave. It rekindled the few expiring embers of freedom, and revived within [Douglass] a sense of [...] manhood” (Douglass ). The intersectionality between race and gender is shown as Douglass faces harsh…

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