What Is The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Essay

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Book Review In the “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,” the author, Frederick Douglass brings to our attention many different aspects and details about the harsh people and events occurring in the 1800’s. Frederick Douglass was born into slavery between 1817 and 1818. He was moved from plantation to plantation to live and obey for several different masters and learn to read and write before he was able to flee the life of a slave. Through his process of slavery, Douglass is able to help us see certain concepts of slavery and the various emotions and details that we would not normally know about without his experience and ability to inform us. Frederick Douglass, through his narrative offers to us many lessons and challenges …show more content…
Frederick Douglass found himself learning to read and write and eventually becoming very successful in it. He later found that this may have been the key to him becoming free from being a slave. Although, this theme was very important throughout the entire story, it was not a consistent one as the meaning of this idea changed it’s purpose from beginning to the end of the narrative. Frederick Douglass started to believe that the only way he could think of a way to free himself and his fellow slaves is to learn how to read, write, and get a deeper base of education worth building on. However, throughout the process of achieving these things, he becomes repelled at the fact that it was slowly bringing him to a better understanding of slavery and all the unpleasant facts brought with the idea of it. As Douglass states in his narrative, “It opened my eyes to the horrible pit, but offered no ladder upon which to get out" (pg 47). Although, reading and writing was greatly frowned upon for any slaves from the eyes of the white masters; Douglass found himself being able to push through the negativity and accomplish his goals to become educated in literacy at a very young age. From this idea that Frederick Douglass has brought forward from his narrative, we as students, educators, and humans after the time period of slavery …show more content…
Throughout the time period of slavery, there were many people white and black that practiced and believed in this form of religion. However, within the narrative Douglass refers to the differences in the views of christianity provided by the white people as masters from the black people as slaves. Douglass knew of many christians that thought of this certain religion to be a wonderful asset, that continuously brought great joy into their life through various religion activities for worship. However, he also witnessed a form of christianity that was deceiving to the world around him, which was produced by the white people, especially the masters. The white people of this era believed one thing and did another, undoubtedly resembling that of a hypocrite. Although, Douglass despises the way the white’s view and live by this type of religion, he makes it a point that he it does not affect the way he views it and what he believes. Douglass fully believes that christianity is the real and true religion and by giving thanks to God and having faith in him he is able to speak and live by the truth. Douglass restates this as he says, “if their increase will do no other good, it will do away with the force of the arguments, that god cursed Ham, and therefore American slavery is right. If the lineal descendants of Ham are alone to be scripturally enslaved, it is certain that

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