Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave Questions and Answers
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Describe one cultural aspect in "A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass."

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One cultural aspect that Frederick Douglass illustrates in his narrative concerns Christian beliefs and ideals. Douglass spends a considerable amount of time at the end of his narrative criticizing cruel, unforgiving slave masters, who brutally whip their slaves and even murder them, while claiming that they are saved Christians. Frederick Douglass elaborates on how slaveowners corrupt and pervert the Christian religion by using the Bible to justify their oppressive, abusive actions. Douglass chastises these self-proclaimed Christians, who treat their slaves like subhuman beings and violently abuse them on an everyday basis, ostensibly in the name of the Lord. As a Christian, Frederick Douglass provides a cultural insight into America's most popular religion by exposing how...

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