I need one literary device for chapters 3 5 6 8-11 if possible a quote for the literary device from the book "Narrative life of Frederick Douglass"it would be great to give me a quote with the...

I need one literary device for chapters 3 5 6 8-11 if possible a quote for the literary device from the book "Narrative life of Frederick Douglass"

it would be great to give me a quote with the literary device. please and thanks for your help and time.

 

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rrteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Chapter Three includes a biblical allusion. Douglass tells the reader that to describe the wealth of Colonel Lloyd would be "almost equal to describing the riches of Job." In Chapter Five, he uses a simile, comparing the slave children eating mush, a porridge of boiled corn meal, "like so many pigs," from a trough set on the ground. This literary device is very powerful because it illustrates how the institution of slavery dehumanized the young people caught up in it. In Chapter Six he uses a powerful metaphor, referring to the "fatal poison of irresponsible power" that corrupts even the fundamentally decent Sophia Auld. In Chapter Eight, he uses an oxymoron to describe the injustice of putting his aged grandmother out to fend for herself after she has become too old to work on the plantation. She is left, Douglass tells the reader, in "perfect loneliness." In Chapter Nine he employs a frequently-used device—juxtaposition—to illustrate the hypocrisy of slavery in an allegedly Christian society. The Thomases "kneel every morning, and pray that God would bless them in basket and store" even as Douglass and the other slaves are "nearly perishing with hunger." In Chapter Ten we see figurative language employed, as Douglass says he "was made to drink the bitterest dregs of slavery," and in Chapter Eleven he uses a powerful simile, comparing his feelings upon fleeing slavery as "like one who had escaped a den of hungry lions." These literary devices and many more are reminders that the Narrative is not, and was not seen at the time, as an objectively true narrative. It was rather a condemnation of slavery using the remembered life experiences of one man as an example of its horrors.

James Kelley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Chapter 3 of Frederick Douglass' Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass includes the line: "Its excellent fruit was quite a temptation to the hungry swarms of boys, as well as the older slaves, belonging to the colonel, few of whom had the virtue or the vice to resist it." The word "swarms" is a metaphor.

Chapter 5 includes the line: "The children were then called, like so many pigs, and like so many pigs they would come and devour the mush; some with oyster- shells, others with pieces of shingle, some with naked hands, and none with spoons." The phrase "like so many pigs" is a simile or an analogy, if you will. I still think that simile is the more accurate answer.

These literary devices are extremely easy to find. You only need to read the brief chapters. Each one is full of many such devices.

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