Frederick Douglass Imagery Analysis

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In the autobiography, “Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass,” Douglass narrates his personal experience of being a slave and what steps he took to relinquish him from slavery and become a free man. Douglass uses vivid imagery in order to really depict what was really happening under the slaveholder’s hands. Without these images, his life story would have been in vain and everything he endured to achieve his dream of freedom along with it. Douglass’ style of writing, in his autobiography, is relative to the time when he wrote it. Not only did he want to voice the inhumane treatments brought upon other slaves, but he also wanted to let them know not to lose confidence, dignity or self-worth. When he wrote his autobiography, he…show more content…
Douglass only knew one thing, how to be a slave. That is, until he was granted teachings from his mistress. “My new mistress proved to be all she appeared when I first met her at the door, a woman of the kindest heart and finest feelings.” (Douglas, 1955, p. 19) Everything that Douglass has done to get closer to being free, all stems back to this day; where he was shown compassion, kindness, and a willingness to teach. Though, Mr. Auld put a stop to this soon after it began, “if you give a nigger an inch, he will take an ell. A nigger should know nothing but to obey his master—to do as he is told to do. Learning would spoil the best nigger in the world!” (Douglas, 1955, p. 20), Douglass’ life took a turn for the better. This was the time where his thought process began to turn and wonder what else was there to learn. Again, Douglass is keeping the reader engaged and feeling every bit of emotion he felt. He continued to learn, by any means possible, how to read and write. He is reminding the reader that he too was being held hostage from what he has the right to, but was not stopped. He encourages each reader to look deep inside them to see what their worth is and to do something about it. Life is greener on the other side, one can say in this moment of time. Live to obey, or live to see life; exactly what Douglass is trying to get his readers to
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