A review of the institution of slavery as described in Frederick Douglass' autobiography "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave".
# 91815 | 1,859 words | 1 source | MLA | 2007 |
Published on Feb 05, 2007 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (Slavery) , African-American Studies (Historical Figures)
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This paper reviews Frederick Douglass' famous autobiography, "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave", in which he describes the institution of slavery, his personal experience as a slave, his understanding of how the system perpetuated itself and his eventual intellectual growth and freedom from it. The paper describes how Douglass relieved his heart of the burden of slavery by expressing himself through language.
From the Paper:"The knowledge that sets Douglass apart from his fellow enslaved people did not make life any easier for him for some time. His ability to read allowed him to read the newspapers and "the more I read, the more I was led to abhor and detest my enslavers. I could regard them in no other light than a band of successful robbers, who had left their homes, and gone to Africa, and stolen us from our homes, and in a strange land reduced us to slavery" (55). This ability to read and synthesize his thoughts reinforces the cruel irony of his situation. He "writhed under" his learning and he says "I envied my fellow-slaves for their stupidity. I have often wished myself a beast" (55). Having such knowledge but being powerless to use it made him wretched, especially when he returned to the plantation and was treated as an actual subhuman brute."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave. New York: Signet, 1968.
Cite this Book Review:
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