Analysis Of Douglass 's ' The Great Gatsby '

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Douglass beguines his autobiography with what he can remember of his birth. He explains that being a slave he does not remember his birthday or even the year he was born. He does, however, have knowledge of who his mother was and how he met her only a few times until her death when he was around four or five years old. He writes about how his mother would walk twelve miles at night from a neighboring plantation to spend time with him but all he would do is sleep in her arms so he really did not have any parental relationship. Douglass was told that his father was a white man but it seems to make little deference in his life but tells how offspring of whites were often sold to avoid wrath of the white wife. Douglass goes on to explain how slave children are raised to be better slaves by the act of separation at birth, and being allowed to roam the plantation until old enough to work the fields, given little food and no clothing, shoes or blankets. Douglass describes, in horrid detail, watching his Aunt Hester brutally whipped by his master, the first of many atrocities he describes to readers throughout his book. Douglass explains how the witnessing of his Aunt Hester being whipped is the end of his childhood and the start of his understanding of what being a slave meant. Douglass continues with describing the details of slavery on large plantations in the state of Maryland. Children were left naked without shoes and were fed food in troughs like animals. After finishing…
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