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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

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Explain how Douglass uses literary devices such as imagery, personification, figures of speech, and sounds to make his experiences vivid for his readers in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, an American Slave.

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Frederick Douglass's work stands as a first-person testament to the horrors of slavery, and his purpose was to help others see that as well. Ultimately, he wanted to open the eyes of Americans who were ambivalent or outright ignorant of the actual experiences slaves endured. To accomplish a powerfully persuasive narrative, he relies on many literary devices throughout his book.

One of the sharpest and most painful images is when Douglass recounts witnessing the beating of his own aunt as a young boy:

I have often been awakened at dawn of day by the most heart-rending shrieks of an own aunt of mine, whom [Captain Anthony] used to tie up to a joist, and whip upon her naked back till she was literally covered with blood. No words, no tears, no prayers, from his gory victim, seemed to move his iron heart from its bloody purpose. The louder she screamed, the harder he whipped; and where the blood ran fastest, there he whipped longest. He would whip to make her scream, and whip to make her...

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