Frederick Douglass Narrative Analysis

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Vision for the Future In America in the eighteen hundreds, slavery was in full swing in the south. Beaten, battered, and bruised, the life of a slave was one of the most grueling hardships that anyone has ever had to face. Between horrid living conditions, intense labor, and sinister masters and overseers, life in the south for a slave was nothing short of hell. Families were torn apart in this time, some never even knowing who there family was. Many people died in this vicious cycle of imprisonment and tyranny, without any justification as to why they were being treated this way. This was how most slaves at this time believed life was, that there was no escape from the evils of slavery. In his piece, “The Narrative”, Frederick Douglass describes to us these evils and…show more content…
He shows us just how terrible the life of a slave was, and how he is able to escape from this hell. Not only does he escape, but he is able to put into effect a revolution against slavery, to finally open up the eyes of America to its’ own foundations on which it is built. Our founding fathers said that all men are created equal and this is what Frederick Douglass is fighting for. One of his keys to his escape and his influence of the American public is his education. He would not have been able to accomplish any of his feats without the knowledge and the willpower he gained from his teachings. The theme of education in “The Narrative” compliments his thinking for his vision of the future of America. Education is probably one of the most important themes in Douglass’ narrative. It is one the main reasons he became into one of the most iconic characters in American history and the abolition of slavery. Douglass believed that, as the Declaration of Independence states, that all men are created equal. But he also believed that we aren’t just born free, but that we have to make ourselves into who we are. This is why, naturally, education and self-improvement are

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