Analysis Of The Narrative, By Frederick Douglass

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Significant Event #1 Frederick Douglass, the author and narrator of the Narrative, is a powerful speaker for the abolitionist movement. His story is about the road from slavery to freedom, and along this road he faced many challenges and had many realizations. One of the first epiphanies he had was when he realized what slavery really was. Born on a slave on Colonel Lloyd’s planation, he witnessed the worst kinds of suffering. For example, he saw his Aunt Hester get beaten on multiple occasions, by the Captain’s overseer, Mr. Plummer. (343) He was too young to be whipped himself but he recalled feeling like a participant in this abuse. Without really knowing it, still, he suffered. This moment was an introduction to him into the cruel world of slavery. Douglass was separated from his mother, Harriet Bailey, soon after birth and recalled only seeing his mother on the rare occasions when she could walk twelve miles after dark to lie next to him at night. When he was seven and she died, he wasn’t allowed to go to her funeral. (340) These first realizations of what he was going to encounter soon in life were significant events in his life because he got glimpses of what slavery really was. Significant Event #2 He faced many challenges when enslaved, including his struggle to spell and learn the alphabet. Mrs. Auld, Douglass’ slave owner, had never had a slave under her control before. In addition, previous to her marriage, she had been dependent on her own
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