Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Analysis Essay

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Hannah Allen 12-6-11 G1 The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Analysis 1. Frederick Douglass was, in many ways, an extraordinary person. For one, as a slave, he learned to both read and write through his own hard work and determination. He utilized the opportunities that appeared before him. Many male slaves lived their entire lives on a plantation working the fields. Douglass, however, cared for a young boy in the city beginning at a fairly young age rather than working in the fields. This opened the door to many opportunities. For instance, his mistress there, the wife of his master Hugh Auld, began teaching him to read when he went to stay with her family to watch over her son. However, the lessons were put to a stop once her husband found out. Her husband felt that giving any slave the power of knowledge would make them less manageable for they would no longer be so naive. Frederick heard this and chose to continue learning to read because he began to understand that the ability to read and write could be an asset in any…show more content…
In nearly every story of a slave whipping, Douglass mentioned how much the blood flowed and how their screams rang out. Slave masters whipped the raw skin of a slave’s back since there hardly passed enough time between whippings for the slaves to properly heal. The backs of many slaves had become so accustomed to the whip that it became callous. On page 57, Douglass tells the story of his grandmother, who had outlived her master and all of his children. She had cared for her master from childhood to death and she bore twelve children that grew into strong slaves for him. When she grew too old to be of any value, they did not consider any of this. Her owners simply built a mud hut in the forest and sent her there to live and fend for herself. There was no doubt in Douglass’s mind that she died mourning the loss of her family, cold and
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