Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Narrative Essay

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“Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass” The “Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass” written by himself and published at The Anti- Slavery Office in 1845, is a descriptive insight to how his life was during and shortly after slavery. The book takes us through different accounts of abuse, neglect and hardships that mold Frederick into the inspirational man he would soon become. It begins with Douglass as a young boy losing his mother and all connections to family and safety. He then recollects the numerous slaveholders he belonged to or worked for and how each of them treated their slaves, or as some of them thought, their belongings. Around his late teens, early twenties he begins to explore and highly consider the idea of escaping to the free states in the north. Through trial and error he eventually gets free and finds himself in a seemingly new world full of freedom, pride and new beginnings. Throughout the narration we learn not just the physical trials but also the emotional and mental injustices leading up to his triumphant escape from the chains of slavery, proving him to be a well-known American hero. Throughout this novel there is an underlying push to pity or feel sorrow for the author, Frederick Douglas, which is then turned into genuine respect for him. There are several examples pertaining to the physical…show more content…
“I often found myself regretting my own existence, and wishing myself dead; and but for the hope of being free, I have no doubt that I should have killed myself, or done something for which I should have been killed”(pg.56). Frederick Douglass does a wonderful job of captivating the reader and bringing him or her to be completely and inevitably on his side. He plays a metaphorical sympathy card to convince the reader of his hero
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