Frederick Douglass Book Review Essay

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Jackson, Cheyenne History 114 Dr. Woods 11/14/2011 Book Review: The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass As Frederick Douglass describes his life in the book, “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass”, he emphasizes the importance of freedom. Douglass tries to convince his readers that the only way him and slaves can make it through life is if they learn how to read and write. As you can see from the book, many of the slaves don’t know their age. However, Douglass tries to point out different reasons for why slaves were not allowed to know their age such as their color or how it will make them function. Douglass was always confused as to why whites knew their age but blacks didn’t. Douglass gives full details as he…show more content…
They instruct others to be the way they are. For example, Mrs. Auld treats Douglass like a family member when he arrives but when her husband comes behind her and corrects her, she changes and treats him harsh like a slave. Douglass finds many of ways to escape this and keep his freedom without giving up. Douglass hears that education is not needed in a slave reminds him that he needs to be educated in order to be free. I can now visualize Douglass perspectives as he is recognized as an individual trying to gain knowledge without being whipped and harshly treated. Douglass subject of this novel is portrayed as “education” to let readers know what is most important when trying to succeed. His work is portrayed as an excellent novel as he strives the importance of freedom to his readers. In the final chapters of this book, Douglass escapes slavery for good. The only thing I didn’t like about the book was that Douglass never went into detail about his escape. He more described his reasons for why he didn’t such as he wanted to protect the ones that helped him and to not let slave owners know how many slaves will escape in the future. Douglass point of view while writing this book is that he also wants to show his readers how
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