He goes on to say that feels a bit nervous, but it was obvious that he was more upset if anything with having to speak. Douglass speaks good things about the founding fathers, and about the audience being able to celebrate their independence. Eventually, Douglass speaks about how even though they are celebrating their liberty, he must “mourn”(504). Douglass gets the audience to really think when he accuses them of trying to “mock” him, by having asked him to speak. He evokes a sense of guilt with his simple words.
Alex Pereira Ms. Bayer AP English 11 November 28, 2011 The Jubilance of Frederick Douglass Through His Diction On page 43 of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, after his fight with Mr. Covey Douglass describes his new found hope of freedom along with his new found confidence in which he feels he can never be stopped from obtaining his freedom. The two men’s fight causes fear to be stricken into Mr. Covey’s heart, although it brought nothing but happiness to Douglass. Douglass revolted against his master and even made him bleed; something most slaves would have been punished for and most would even have their lives ultimately ruined due to this, but not Douglass. Douglass walks away from this fight with his head held high and a new outlook on his life.
The stark differences between how he explains freedom and slavery uses powerful words, which illustrates his insight- the blessedness of freedom being upheld to holy standards while the wretchedness of slavery being viewed for people who are immoral. Through the use of diction, he gives the heart breaking impression of the hardships when alone in times of need. The use of these words makes it hard to believe he survived the “tortures of slavery,” and shows colloquial diction that is associated with it, which represents the adamant nature he has against returning. When arriving in the north, he was embraced by the “highest excitement” he had ever felt, where we can also conclude that this is where a new part of his life starts. The euphemistic diction also directly correlates to the passage; the harsh sounding words he describes the south with echo the kind of life in that region.
Disbelief was my first thought, something along the lines of “No way!” which was then followed by an excited feeling and an audible “yes” as Douglass’s sarcastic tone turned to truth followed by ‘stern rebuke’(Douglass). The speech intended to wake those who heard it or make more fully aware the disgusting practice which was slavery that for me was an astounding success. This man’s words dug painfully into the core of my being and turned what little pride I held in our nation’s
He had the quest for knowledge. “Though conscious of the difficulty of learning without a teacher, I set out with high hope, and a fixed purpose, at whatever cost of trouble, to learn how to read” (Douglass 37). He uses methods such as repetition where he expresses his craving for education. “What he dreaded, that I mist desired. What he most loved, that I most gated, That which to him was a great evil, o be carefully shunned, was to me a great good, to be diligently sought.
The thrill of this, coupled with the fact the Jasper Jones needs my help, already fills the movement with something portentous” His response isn’t different to the way he would usually act. “The further away we move the keener my apprehension grows”. We also find this to be true when Charlie lies to his parents “They asked me if I’d been with Jasper Jones, I was terrified, but something kicked in me. I discovered a gift for lies.” The idea of feigning innocence is also evidenced by Charlie when he thinks “No, it’s too late. Like Jasper Jones, I have seen what I have seen.
This becomes one of the main motifs of the novel. | 2. “No matter how innocent a slave might be – it availed him nothing, when accused by Mr. Gore of a misdemeanor. To be accused was to be convicted, and to be convicted was to be punished; the one always following the other with immutable certainty.” (Douglass 13). | As an American, I appreciate and sometimes take for granted the rights and freedoms I am given every day.
Douglass realizes that it is time for a change and takes the incentive to build a better life for him. After much anticipation he states, “From my earliest recollection, I date the entertainment of a deep conviction that slavery would not always be able to hold me within its foul embrace; and in the darkest hours of my career in slavery, this living word of faith and spirit of hope departed not from me, but remained like ministering angels to cheer me through the gloom” (Douglass 75). From this long awaited freedom, he was transformed himself not only physically into a free man, but he also mentally as frees his mind from the choking hold of slavery. In the beginning Douglass felt chained to the leash of slavery, although with each step into the process of becoming a free man, this chain was loosened. For example, when Douglass first learns how to read, this opens up a whole new hidden world to him slowly releasing his mind from the claws of slavery.
Auld promptly forbade the continuance of her instructions; telling her, in the first place, that the thing itself was unlawful; that it was also unsafe, and could only lead to mischief. To use his own words, further, he said, “if you give a nigger an inch, he will take an ell”; “he should know nothing but the will of his master, and learn to obey it.” “Learning would spoil the best nigger in the world”, “if you teach the nigger”—speaking of myself—“how to read the bible, there will be no keeping him”; “it would forever unfit him for the duties of a slave”; and “as to himself, learning would do him no good, but probably, a great deal of harm—making him disconsolate and unhappy.” “If you learn him how to read, he’ll want to know how to write; and, this accomplished, he’ll be running away with himself
It was quite obvious that the excerpt is completely unlikely, to have a slave run away and the master be content with their conversation while the slave convinces the master the let him go. “Master: I do it, then; be free” (131). It is unlike anything Douglass writes. Douglass writes about how slaves would be punished and whipped if a slave would simply forget to remove his hat when speaking to a white person, or if they speak too loudly to their