The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Essay

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Frederick Douglass was a prominent American abolitionist, author and orator. After escaping slavery, Douglass went on to become a world-renowned anti-slavery activist. His goal was to advocate for the equality and humanity of all African American slaves. Many of his writings highlight the many struggles or brutalities of slavery, a quest for freedom, and hypocrisies associated with Christianity. Hypocrisy is the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one 's own behavior does not conform. Specifically, in The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave Written by himself, Douglass emphasizes the lack of moral standards and hypocritical beliefs slaveholders held using examples of dehumanizing acts towards the enslaved. Along with exposing the hypocrisy of slavery, Douglass’ tone in the narrative highlights the growth of a man he became from the establishment of slavery. Throughout the novel, the reader can see how Douglass’ personal development and impression of slavery are influenced by the lack of moral (or ethical) standards and hypocritical beliefs of slaveholders.
Frederick’s first impression of slavery was one of his many breaking points in life. This breaking point was provided by his first master’s overseer and is still one of the most horrific memories he has. The overseer beat his aunt to death, “I remember the first time I ever witnessed this horrible exhibition, I was quite a child, but I well remember it. I never shall…

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