How can I explain the cruelties of slavery in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself? How were they abused?  How did they suffer physical abuse in...

How can I explain the cruelties of slavery in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself?

 How were they abused?  How did they suffer physical abuse in Frederick Douglass's book?  How can I use examples from the book?

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In order to examine the cruelties of slavery in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, take note of the vividly described scenes that Douglass shares.  For example, early in the narrative, Douglass describes the whipping that his Aunt Hester received from the master for being seen with Lloyd's Ned.  The master did not want Hester to be out with other men--it was suspected that he wanted Hester for himself.  He ties Hester up and whips her unmercifully; Douglass describes the streams of blood that dripped from his aunt's body and the horror that he felt being a little boy watching this happen.  Events like this are obviously cruel, and Douglass describes them in detail for the reader.  So look for descriptions like this--they may be used to support an argument on the cruelty of slavery.

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