Frederick Douglass Dialectical Journal Analysis

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Douglass journals Excerpt #1-"( "if you teach that nigger(speaking of myself) how to read then would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to becoming a slave.he would at once become unmanageable, and be of no value to his master. As to himself, it could do him no good, but a great deal of harm. It would make him discontented and unhappy.")these words sank deep into my heart,stirred up sentiments within that lay slumbering, and called into existence an entirely new train of thought. It was a new and special revelation,explaining dark and mysterious, with which my youthful understanding had struggled, but struggled in vain. I now understood what had been to me a most perplexing difficulty-to wit, the white mans power to enslave the…show more content…
At this moment in time he realizes the first step to freedom-free thought through the means of education or reading. This moment of intense euphony is described through his diction to have been felt with euphoria. He uses phrases and words like, " special revelation" , "invaluable", "prized", and "gladdened" to express how this major turning point in his life was met with the extreme joy of at that point onward knowing the basic instruction to free himself and become his own master. Douglass lived no easy life, in fact the bondage of slavery is a scarring and an inhumane practice that the human race had the shame of committing. One would believe that being subjected to this disgusting practice,especially since birth,would make the subject saddened beyond belief at any revoke of any kindness they were given.However, Douglass's contrary juxtaposition in the fact the yes, he is saddened by the loss, but is better off and in fact, gladdened at his new found knowledge showcases how overjoyed he is of his discovery. His discovery shows his new outlook on his life as a slave, and displays the first bit hope that is lit within
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