Essay about The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

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The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass was first published in 1845 in the city of Boston. Frederick appeals to human compassion throughout his narrative as he describes his personal encounters with slavery. From the Great House Farm to the bustling city of Baltimore, Frederick develops a mind of his own as he learns about his standing in the world. In chapter 6, Frederick claims that slavery detrimentally effects both slaves and their masters. Throughout the chapter Frederick used his experience with Sophia Auld and his journey to becoming illustrate to support his claim. At the beginning of Chapter 6, Frederick found himself in Baltimore under the jurisdiction of Mr. Hugh Auld and his wife Sophia Auld. Sophia was one of the most influential people in Frederick’s life since she was responsible for him receiving the gift of literacy. Frederick emphasizes her influence upon his life by using rhetorical devices such as hyperbole, antithesis, and parallel structure to describe her. He utilized hyperbole by stating that, “Her face was made of heavenly smiles, and her voice of tranquil music (19)”. At this point, Frederick had not been exposed to white city folk before so the idea that a white person, especially a woman, could be kind and compassionate towards him was a completely new concept. He built her up in his mind until she became perfect in his eyes; since he was so astounded by meeting someone who treated him almost as an equal, he began…

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