Disscussion On The Narratives Of Fredrick Douglass

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No doubt ably when the discussion of slavery is on hand it is difficult to avoid associating the idea of religion into the mix. It is difficult to accept the religion of the land when one lives below the line of existence of said land, but it is greater to recognize that the religion at hand is perverted by those whom seek to find shelter for their hypocritical actions. This is the viewpoint from which Fredrick Douglass writes his take on religion in the narrative of his life as a slave. While he wants to make sure that we understand he is not opposed to religion, he attempts to illustrate the inconsistencies with the religion of the objects of his observance, mainly his master and others likewise. Douglass effectively describes the situations in which the concept of religion and practice of slavery walk hand in hand; thus exposing his problems with the religion of the land. While Douglass’ narrative is filled with colorful depictions of his life as a slave as well as those around him, he puts careful attention to recording his thoughts of his masters’ actions. This allows for an objective-basis for discussion. From there Douglass lays out the inconsistencies and problems with religion that so effect his life. In August, 1832, my master attended a Methodist camp-meeting… I indulged a faint hope that his conversion would lead him to emancipate his slaves… I was disappointed… It neither made him to be humane to his slaves, nor to emancipate them. If it had any effect on his character, it made him more cruel and hateful in all his ways; for I believe him to have been a much worse man after his conversion than before. Prior to his conversion, he relied upon his own depravity to shield and sustain him in his savage barbarity; but after his conversion, he found religious sanction and support for his slaveholding cruelty. Pg. 53 Clearly we have an example of extreme

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