Frederick Douglass Hypocrisy Essay

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Man’s Hypocrisy of Christianity

One can call it by any name, white Christianity, Religion, or even Christianity of Christ, but Jesus called it hypocrisy, and in “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” Douglas compares true Christianity and Religious hypocrisy. A hypocrite is a person who tells others to live or do a certain thing, and then that same person lives or does the complete opposite of what they preach. This type of behavior has existed from the time Adam took a bite of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. In the book, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass he expresses his opinion between true Christianity and Christianity of white slave owners, suggesting that that people should know a Christian not
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He describes her as “a woman of the kindest heart” (Douglass 19). She had never owned a slave before and she treated Douglass like a human being, in a way he had never been treated before. He learned from her, how to read, and he compared her to a gift from God stating “This good spirit was from God, and to him I offer thanksgiving and praise” (Douglass 19). Slavery changed her, and she had to learn how to be mean. Her husband told her she could not teach or be kind to slaves. She could not give a slave an inch, or she would spoil him, and that the only thing a slave should be taught to do was obey his master. Because of this false teaching, Mistress Auld became worse than her husband and fearful she would lose her authority if she was kind and instructed her slaves. Frederick Douglass struggled with the treatment of religious slave owners and how they treated their slaves as animals and property, beating them, selling them and even killing them if they became unmanageable compared to the treatment of non-religious slave owners who treated their slaves as human beings, who had feelings, and wanted freedom. It seemed to him after having been treated as a human being that he understood why religious Christianity of the land was just a title for ignorant hypocrites who were fearful of losing control. When Douglass returned to the plantation to live with Master Thomas Auld, he recounted how he was starving along with other slaves, and the rations
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