The Themes Of Slaves In Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

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Frederick Douglass in his memoir Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass explores the idea of humanity and the choices we are faced in our lives. His choice was simply put. "I now resolved that however long might remain a slave in form, the day had passed forever when I would be a slave in fact" (P. 55). Douglass refers to his idea that there is a separation, but symbiotic relationship between being free in form, but enslaved in fact. This idea was crucial for Frederick Douglass, but also allows us as a reader to view ourselves as ask key questions to better understand the society we live in and how we may be free in form but enslaved in fact. How does our society today relate to this? How do you or I personally relate to this? And most …show more content…
61) Although it is clear through Frederick’s choice that he ultimately has the choice to not be a slave, this quote also highlights the true difficulty that he faces when making this decision. This allusion is to Patrick Henry’s famous quote “Give me liberty or give me death.” This quote suggests that in Douglass’ eyes that all slaves are braver that they have to choose ultimately between freedom or enslavement. Each option for the slave becomes with many difficulties are you cannot be sure which is the correct option. The slaves cannot be sure if it is worth the difficulty and treacherous ways they must reach freedom and to get to the north and to still be unsure if they will be brought back into slavery and whipped by their master, or if they should not attempt for freedom and continue to live their lives as a slave because it may be less painful, or if they risk it all for the chance of a taste of true freedom. Each of these options contains suffering, and thus the slaves are very brave for having to make such a …show more content…
For myself, it became clear that I felt the patriarchal society views women in a similar manner. Men typically deem women as an inferior counterpart to themselves in today’s society. Although it is less pervasive than in the past it is still an issue, especially in the field of engineering. In this society, I am seen as inferior as Douglass puts it “in form.” But I personally do not see myself as such and thus am not inferior “in fact.” Reading this novel reinforced the idea for me that without my given consent and seeing myself as such, no amount of people, nor society labeling me as something will change who I am as an individual. I am free to be a feminist and a leader. I am free to do what I believe is right and it is my duty to work hard to become the person I believe myself to be, free from what society says I am. I truly believe this is an important lesson that all individuals should take from this novel, because whichever way you apply it to your personal life, it will highlight what you believe is important and continue to work towards that. This novel truly rekindled my idea of feminism in myself and for there to be a change in society for the future generation it is my duty today to make a change, such as

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