Essay on The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

1367 Words Oct 7th, 2015 6 Pages
Society is so deceivable into believing that what is accepted by society is also correct and reasonable. One would not usually question the humanity of customs if one benefits in return. Frederick Douglass wrote The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass as a way to depict the development of a dehumanized slave progressing into a free man. Frederick Douglass did not start to reconstruct his own self identity until he broke the bindings of being ignorant which his masters placed upon him. Douglass uses his story The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass as a way to depict the lives slaveholders bestow upon their slaves and the makings of turning this expectation of a slave into a free man. How does one characterize a slave? One may answer with slaves being not rational, an unequal human - maybe not even a human, but a farm animal at a master’s beck and call. So how is one to free one’s self from the dismayed outlook of being subjected to another person? Frederick Douglass had many setbacks in addressing his own identity as he pretty much had to start from the ground up. Douglass, like many others, was born into slavery, unable to distinguish his own identity because of his masters’ influence. The only identity he knew of himself was the one his master had given him. Douglass was born into slavery in “Tuckahoe, near Hillsborough, and about twelve miles from Easton, in Talbot County, Maryland” to his first master, Captain Anthony (Douglass 236). Frederick Douglass…

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