The Narrative Of The Life Of Fredrick Douglass On The Road To Freedom?

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The Narrative of The Life of Fredrick Douglass effectively shows readers the hardships slaves had to live with on the road to freedom. From the faulty idea of a “romantic southern image” to the unfortunate slave-on-slave betrayal, Douglass debunks these ideas and blames them for the inability to improve the slave’s well-being and the societal ignorance regarding southern conditions. Several epiphanies, such as his new knowledge of the north and realization of slavery’s malice, motivated Douglass and filled his heart with determination to focus his train of thought towards freedom. Despite the many difficulties, he made it there.
Douglass rebukes the romantic image of slavery by using vivid imagery to describe the horrors of his everyday situations
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Owners promised rewards to slaves for betraying their own, which ranges from better conditions(food, clothing) or more favorable plantation duties (household chores). Douglass knew this when he woke up one morning feeling like his plan for freedom had been halted. When Douglass states, “Just as I got to the house, in looking out at the lane gate, I saw four white men, with two colored men” (93), he knew for sure that his fate had been determined. Unfortunately, the disunity among slaves prevented a joint effort to freedom and it can be blamed mostly on masters who only taught their principles which they used to manipulate the slaves. It in part could be blamed on slaves who felt their prospects were better than those that freedom held. Douglass’ vision that “at every gate through which we were to pass, we saw a watchmen”(90) could have been too much for these slaves that were so used to menial life and had learned to be fearful of change. Masters strongly believed in the slave’s intellectual inferiority and preached to them that their lives were better than any man could offer but that is not true. The slaves’ boasting of southern prospects, or their idea that southern life was the best they could achieve, fueled their need to betray their own, and unfortunately, this prevented them from seeing the reality of a free …show more content…
That system of slavery could not find change without the combined intellect and wit of slaves, which was condemned by the common tyrannical master. The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass allowed Douglass to become a world symbol of the African American masses and their plight. The publication of this narrative across the nation opened the eyes of many Americans, significantly northerners, who did not know the ugly nature of “southern living”. The depiction of savage southern slavery further fueled the abolitionist movement throughout the nation. A new and massive wave of protest against the southern treatment of slaves linked the hearts of millions of Americans, improving the abolitionist cause which soon led to great

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