Cruelty Of Slavery

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Cam Tu Ho Mrs. Lee English 3P, Period 4 January 27, 2011 The Cruelty of slavery “Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold to slaver,” was said by Anday Warhol to show how the life of slave was like –being born to slavery was like to taken away the slave’s life, taken away from their family. These two men Frederick Douglass and Olaudah Equiano, were the examples of that saying. Frederick Douglass, who was writing his autobiography –Narrative from the life of Frederick Douglass- was brought to slavery when he was born. He had separated from his family at a very young age. However Qlaudah Equiano, who also wrote his own story about his slave’s life –The Interesting Narrative of the life of Olaudah Equiano- was different, he was kidnapped into slavery from his own homeland and looses his last hope of ever see his sister again after being separate for two times. Douglass’s experience was taking place in the South where he was being rented to Mr. Covey by his master. Douglass told his story in a chronological way and using a maturity tone. While Equiano’s experience taking place on the sea –Caribbean –he tell his story in such a confused way, making reader had to wonder what had happened in the stories. It also making the reader had to read several times to get what really is going on in the story. He also telling his story in such a naïve and innocent tones, believing he will be okay of being a slave as long as his master treated him well. This lead up to how both stories of Douglass and Equiano show how and what make slavery brutal cruelty, but overall Douglass’s story and experience is more strong and easier to understand, while Equiano’s story appear weak and harder to understand. Douglass was being born into slavery and work as slave in the South. Master Thomas, Douglass’ slave master, rented Douglass out to work for Mr. Covey in a year. He had been
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