Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Struggles Analysis

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Power Struggle Analysis Power is a natural human thirst and desire that is a reoccurring trend throughout history. In the memoir Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass himself illustrates his struggle to free himself from the claws of slavery and the power of the white man over the black, enhancing the meaning of the memoir intensely by providing meaningful examples and the physical and mental journey of Douglass’ escaping this power. His journey from this power eventually transforms him not only physically to a free man, but also mentally to a free state of mind as he gains the much longed power over himself he strived to obtain. Douglass demonstrates within the memoir the power of the white man over society, how he…show more content…
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. As he becomes braver and braver, he obtains more knowledge from various sources enhancing his mental freedom foreshadowing the physical freedom he is soon to
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