One of the overwhelming effects of slavery on Douglass' life was the denial of a complete notion of self. Douglass' work teaches about how the dehumanizing institution of slavery robs individuals of the notion of being able to live their own lives. The institution of slavery was driven with the need to control slaves. This translated to denying them their full sense of self. When Douglass escapes, he is able to exercise his complete autonomy in completing his totalizing sense of identity: "You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.’’ Such an idea suggests that individuals who are enslaved will never enjoy the benefits of complete self- actualization for the institution could not sustain in allowing this. For him to be free from slavery was tantamount for Douglass to be able to live his life without the "fatal poison of irresponsible power." This is quite empowering.