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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

When Douglas was a young boy, he was sent to live and work for his owner's relatives in Baltimore. Mrs. Sophia Auld, his new master's wife, was a newlywed who did not yet know the expected norms of...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2021 10:42 am UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Frederick Douglass's intended audience was white people, mainly in the north, as he wanted to convince them of the damaging effects of slavery and to convince them that slavery should be abolished....

Latest answer posted September 30, 2016 3:50 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

The influential narrative of Frederick Douglass is an awe-inspiring description of his struggle and fight for freedom against the prejudiced, brutal, oppressive Southern institution of slavery. His...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2017 1:57 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

In his narrative, Douglass's intent is to convince white audiences of the horrors and evil of slavery. He uses literary devices to convey the inhumanity of an institution in which one group of...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2017 5:56 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

After teaching himself to write, Frederick Douglass became as master at creating a spellbinding story, full of persuasive techniques needed to spread awareness of the horrors of slavery and using...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2019 9:26 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

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...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2018 1:23 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Frederick Douglass's work stands as a first-person testament to the horrors of slavery, and his purpose was to help others see that as well. Ultimately, he wanted to open the eyes of Americans who...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2019 2:13 am UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

New Bedford is far more wealthy and refined than Frederick Douglass had imagined, and he is astonished to discover that many of the "colored people" who lived there have "finer houses,...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2009 6:43 am UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

The many conflicts that Frederick Douglass faced, which he eloquently narrates in his autobiography, propelled him to escape slavery and to become an outspoken abolitionist who championed for...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2019 3:02 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Frederick Douglass claimed to be owned by two masters.The first was Captain Anthony who was "not considered a rich slaveholder. He owned two or three farms, and about thirty slaves." Both Douglass...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2018 9:25 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Literacy was of great importance to Frederick Douglass at every stage of his escape from slavery. First, it fostered and shaped his ambition to be free, a result predicted by Auld, his...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2020 4:13 am UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

It seems likely that those few proponents in the pro-slavery ranks who might actually have read the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, an American Slave, would have cursed the nameless...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2019 7:15 am UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

When Douglass says that slaves know as little about the circumstances or dates of their births as horses do, that one small comparison of enslaved human beings to a farm animal suggests a lot about...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2019 12:32 am UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Fredrick Douglass maintains that his path to freedom was literacy. For Douglass, literacy was a pathway to being educated and, most importantly, self-aware. Douglass is initially taught how to read...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2019 8:58 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Writing before slaves were freed in the United States, Douglass' main objective in the Narrative is to dispel any notion that slavery is good for those enslaved. He point-by-point counters a...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2020 12:50 am UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

The primary setting of Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass is Baltimore, Maryland. The setting is incredibly important, as we learn that the life of an urban slave is often very different...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2019 7:52 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Learning to read and write changes the entire course of Frederick Douglass's life. After Mrs. Auld stops teaching him the basics of reading, Douglass makes unknowing teachers out of little white...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2019 7:06 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

From the scene in which Douglass learns how to read and encounters the printed word for the first time, we find that Douglass' attitude toward slavery is one of profound hatred. Furthermore, he...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2016 10:49 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

The power to enslave another class of people rests solely on the ability to bind them in ignorance. Specific to the birth-date of a slave, many second and third generation slaves had Caucasian...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2008 6:59 am UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Frederick Douglass's skillful use of metaphors both shows his talents in mastering the skills of literacy and language and provides greater depth to his message outlining the evils of slavery....

Latest answer posted April 21, 2020 2:34 am UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Mr. Auld forbids his wife from teaching Frederick Douglass how to read. Mrs. Auld is a very kind, considerate woman. She doesn't like it when Frederick adopts a posture of cringing servility...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2018 7:57 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Douglass depicts both mental and physical abuse perpetuated by slave overseers. For example, as a young child, Douglass observes an overseer whipping his aunt because the overseer fancies her and...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2017 2:41 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Douglass, who published his account of slavery in 1845, knows that he can appeal to his white Christian audience through their religious beliefs. Therefore, he uses Christianity as common ground to...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2016 12:31 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Douglass calls his fight with Covey the "turning point in [his] life as a slave." Covey's brutal treatment, and the constant degradation of slavery in general, had left his self respect and his...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2018 5:11 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

The eventual cruelty of Douglass's mistress, Mrs. Auld, had a greater effect on him than her initial kindness. At first, Mrs. Auld, who had never had a slave before, was "a woman of the kindest...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2016 4:13 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

There are many elements to Douglass' work that could be seen as "surprising" to the reader. For me, I would have to go with the courage that Douglass showed in the face of unspeakable cruelty and...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2011 1:05 am UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Frederick Douglass says Mr. Freeland is "the best master (he) ever had, til (he) became (his) own master", and he gives a number of reasons for his statement. Mr. Freeman was "an...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2008 2:20 am UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Douglass demonstrates how slavery hardens people, teaching them to hate and harm rather than to love and respect others. For example, he writes of one of his master's overseers, Mr. Plummer was a...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2018 5:50 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Learning to read was an act of rebellion for Frederick Douglass. When he overheard his master say that a slave who could read and write was unfit for servitude, young Douglass was further inspired...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2020 11:15 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Frederick Douglass relied heavily on convincing readers of his noble goals in abolishing slavery. His narrative is rich in logos, ethos, and pathos. Pathos is seen in the section of text as...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2019 12:44 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

For Frederick Douglass the personal was very much political. It wasn't enough for him that he should be free; everyone must be. Once he finally achieved freedom for himself, therefore, he didn't...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019 10:35 am UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Colonel Lloyd has a massive plantation with 300-400 slaves. They are given very little food and clothing, and children who are too young to work in the fields go almost naked because they are given...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2018 11:41 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Because he was born in slavery, Frederick Douglass has no accurate knowledge of his birthdate, "never having seen any authentic record containing it". Douglass explains that most masters...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2007 3:29 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

It is important, too, to acknowledge the structure of the narrative. It begins with a preface, written by William Lloyd Garrison, a well-known Massachusetts abolitionist, publisher of The...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2018 10:22 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Mrs. Auld is a weaver by trade and has never had slaves "under her control previously," so she treats Douglass with kindness initially, just as she would do for any other human being. She realizes...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019 4:14 am UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

It is important to read Douglass' narrative carefully. He was a masterful writer who chose words very carefully. In the beginning of Chapter 9, Douglass writes "I have now reached a period of my...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2009 11:51 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

In Chapter VII of his Narrative, Frederick Douglass enlists the children of Baltimore to teach him how to read. As he recounts, The plan which I adopted, and the one by which I was most...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2016 12:12 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Frederick Douglass's comment is ironic because Christian tenets champion equality and human rights, which are directly related to educating and enlightening people throughout the world. One would...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2018 11:22 am UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Douglass argues that slavery is such a fundamentally evil institution that it corrupts all who are associated with it, including whites. The best example of this that he gives in the Narrative is...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2018 7:48 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

1) He was immediately chained and handcuffed; and thus, without a moment's warning, he was snatched away, and forever sundered, from his family and friends, by a hand more unrelenting than death....

Latest answer posted March 12, 2019 8:38 am UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Chapter 7 opens with Douglass recalling the roots of his literacy. He recalls how Master Hugh earlier predicted that teaching a slave to read and write would would lead to great discontentment, and...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2019 2:18 am UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Readers first hear about Captain Anthony, Douglass's first master, and Colonel Edward Lloyd at the start of chapter two. Douglass explains: "My master was Colonel Lloyd's clerk and superintendent...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2019 4:23 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Douglass's diction is, in general, clear, sincere, and straightforward, but he also uses poetic devices in this final chapter to try to convey the intensity of slavery's cruelty. For instance, he...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2019 11:56 am UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

The answer is the same for both advantages and disadvantages. To gain knowledge is a double-edged sword for Douglass. While education is a source of empowerment for him, it also gives him a sense...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2007 3:18 am UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

In literature, a paradox is a statement or phrase that initially seems contradictory but is inherently true. Frederick Douglass develops the concept of a paradox when he describes how learning to...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2018 10:27 am UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Frederick Douglass vividly describes the horrors of institutionalized slavery throughout his moving narrative and illustrates the tragic consequences slavery has on both black and white individuals...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2019 11:19 am UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Douglass uses emotional appeal to make readers feel that slavery is a horrible institution that dehumanizes everyone associated with it. He does this by describing in graphic detail the cruelty of...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2018 3:03 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

The primary conflict Mrs. Auld encounters after becoming a slave owner concerns her perception and treatment of humanity and her ability to subscribe to the oppressive slave-owning culture and...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2019 4:54 pm UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

As an enslaved black child, Frederick Douglass suffered many cruelties; however, in his autobiographical novel, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Douglass recounts how...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2018 12:57 am UTC

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

In Chapter 10 of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass recounts his experience working at Mr. Covey's plantation, and it was there that Douglass says he became a man. Mr. Covey is...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2016 7:47 pm UTC

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