Give two example in the text where you feel Douglass is exaggerating or self-glorifying.give also quotes and cite the page numbers.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In all sincerity, I think it will be difficult to answer this question.  There might be a handful of reasons why this is so.  The first would be that it would historically challenging to find areas of the Narrative that have been overstated.  Where would the evidence be which indicates that Douglass oversold an event or occurrence?  Certainly, any evidence present would possess more than a tinge of historical bias.  At the same time, there might be a larger issue present.  There seems to be a danger in assigning claims of exaggeration to Douglass' narrative.  The first would be that it might allow slaveowners to escape their rightful acceptance of responsibility of their role.  Even if one would claim that Douglass might be exaggerating- which is something that I would not assert- does this mitigate the effectiveness of the narrative in any way?  Does this suggest that slavery is not as horrific as one could imagine and then multiplied?  Is there any potential argument that would suggest that slavery somehow was good, which is not fraught with bias?  I think that that self- glorification part of the question is also interesting.  If we take Douglass' account to be true and valid, which as already stated it will be difficult to discount, then should there not be some level of self- glorification for enduring and triumphing over such horrific conditions?  The fact that Douglass was able to emerge through such conditions and become an abolitionist would merit some level of self- glorification.  I am not sure that we see this in the narrative, but if it was present, I am not certain that it is that bad of a thing.

jameadows eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As the educator above notes, it is difficult for the modern reader to determine where Douglass might be exaggerating, as Douglass experienced the horrors of slavery in a firsthand way that is, fortunately, not available to the modern reader. His narrative is a poignant and realistic account of what it was like for him to grow up as a slave and to then escape slavery.

Readers at the time criticized Douglass for exaggerating the evils of religion, as Douglass wrote that religion in the South at the time only made slaveowners more cruel. In chapter 10, he writes, "For of all slaveholders with whom I have ever met, religious slaveholders are the worst. I have ever found them the meanest and basest, the most cruel and cowardly, of all others." Douglass described his own, personal experience, so it's near impossible to determine whether or not this was an exaggeration.

However, he felt pressured to add an "Appendix" to his narrative in which he explained that he was not referring to religion in a universal sense but only to the religion of slaveowners in the south. He writes in this section, "We have men-stealers for ministers, women, whippers for missionaries, and cradle-plunderers for church members." He never recanted and continued to insist that the southern Christian slaveowners were truly more cruel in their actions as a rule. Douglass felt that religion universally made slaveowners worse. 

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