Hugh Auld told Mrs. Auld that, education would do a slave more harm than good. After reading ‘The Columbian Orator’, even Douglass felt that he would have been better off ignorant. This is because his knowledge was not suited to his conditions. Slaveholders know of that and abhor giving slaves this basic right. Without education, slaves cannot escape and know nothing apart from their terrible lives.
Accordingly, humanity is an important theme in the book. Reading “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” not only allows us to experience the history of slavery personally, it also arouses emotions like sympathy, empathy, humility, content with one’s life and contempt for slavery. Though slavery is considered a dead institution, it has shaped current social issues like white supremacism. Understanding the problem from its root can help in easing it. Douglass’ masterful use of words can be of help to us in terms of the