Essay about The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

1050 Words Sep 17th, 2016 5 Pages
Frederick Douglass’ first autobiographical novel, the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave, written by himself, is full of social and political statements. Said statements are a direct reflection of the hardships that many non-white people endured the 1800’s. Although Douglass’ story is about himself, his true intentions lies within his minor character that at first glance only serve the purpose of background information. Yet, with further investigation, one can begin to see the huge social implications that lied within each character. One such seemingly minor but equally important character was actually Douglass’ second owner Hugh Auld. Despite the fact that Auld only appears in a few scenes within the narrative, his social beliefs and words could be seen as influential throughout the rest of novel as Douglass begins to recognize his right to be free especially when it came to education since it was illegal and highly looked down upon to teach a slave to read. Though a small character in Douglass’ overall narrative and life, Hugh Auld had a significant impact on the author as well as the main thesis of the immorality of slavery throughout the narrative through his changing treatment on some of his inferiors which in turn went against his surface characterization of a slaveholder that believed any non-white person had to be enslaved.
When analyzing Auld’s character, one must first try to understand his overall significance. Just what made Auld so…

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