The Narrative Life of Fredrick Douglass and Farenheit 451 Dialectical Journal

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Text Title: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Author: Frederick Douglass ENTRIES | 1. “I have seen Colonel Lloyd make old Barney, a man between fifty and sixty years of age, uncover his bald head, kneel down upon the cold, damp ground, and receive upon his naked and toil-worn shoulders more than thirty lashes at a time…I have seen Winder make one of the house-servants stand off from him a suitable distance to be touched with the end of his whip, and at every stroke raise great ridges upon his back” (Douglass 10-11). | This use of imagery in the middle of chapter three demonstrates the extremity and severity of the relationships between whites and African Americans’ back in the eighteen-hundreds. When Douglass describes the man kneeling on the “cold, damp ground” we see that the owner is treating the slaves as if they are not human, but animal. I cannot imagine what Fredrick is feeling while watching a man being beaten and not having the ability to do anything about it. This instance reminds me of Fahrenheit 451, when Montag had to leave the burning house with a woman inside. Throughout the novel Douglass continues to emphasize how much slaves were beaten, and not just one whip, but multiple. It goes beyond teaching a lesson and just becomes pure human torture. This becomes one of the main motifs of the novel. | 2. “No matter how innocent a slave might be – it availed him nothing, when accused by Mr. Gore of a misdemeanor. To be accused was to be convicted, and to be convicted was to be punished; the one always following the other with immutable certainty.” (Douglass 13). | As an American, I appreciate and sometimes take for granted the rights and freedoms I am given every day. Reading this novel just reminds me that people have not always been treated equally. This situation shows hypocrisy in slave owners. They are Americans just like you and

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