"Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass" Book Review by Ace writers

"Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass"
An exploration of the themes of resistance and adaptation to slavery in Frederick Douglass's book, "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass".
# 47386 | 1,724 words | 1 source | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Feb 06, 2004 in Literature (American) , African-American Studies (Slavery)

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This paper examines how Frederick Douglass?s book, "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass", is a tremendous piece of literature because it not only reveals the terrible conditions of slavery, but also reveals the strength of the human spirit despite circumstances. It discusses how the novel is important because it describes the transformation from a slave to a free man, overcoming oppression and replacing it with freedom. It looks at how Douglass had to adapt to slavery in order to survive, as well as examining his efforts to resist the chains that bound him.

From the Paper:

"Douglass introduces us to the first hindrances of his slave experience--lack of knowledge. We are shown how Douglass had to adapt to slavery simply by not knowing certain things. For instance, he tells us that he has "no accurate knowledge of his age" and he was not able to ask his master about it. (47) Slaves also learned to survive on the most meager "allowances" consisting of eight pounds of pork and a bushel of corn for a month, as well as two shirts, one pair of trousers, one pair of socks, and one pair of shoes for a year. (54) Another example of how Douglass adapted to slavery is his statement of how slaves almost always said they were "contented" with their masters because the penalty for telling the truth was being transferred away from family and friends."

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