The Narrative Of The Life Of Fredrick Douglass Essay

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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 and experiences. Additionally, he uses specific diction to help develop these scenes. For example, Douglass recounts the story of a slave named Demby, who moved to a creek to aid the pain of a whipping given by the brutal Mr. Gore. When Demby refused to come out of the creek, Gore shot and killed the slave and Douglass could only describe the situation with “His mangled body sank out of sight, and blood and brains marked the water where he had stood”(38). This paints a vivid picture in the minds of readers that is anything but romantic. The harsh, but realistic diction that Douglass uses such as “mangled”, “blood”, and “brains is far more severe than simply stating “Demby was shot”. The way Mr. Gore killed Demby at point blank…

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