Frederick Douglass Narrative Of The Life Of Fredrick Douglass, An American Slave

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Jonathan Stang
Waddell
AP Language
26 July 2014
Fredrick Douglass-Narrative of the life of Fredrick Douglass, an American Slave Preface, page 4 “As soon as he had taken his seat, filled with hope and admiration, I rose, and declared that Patrick Henry, of revolutionary fame, never made a speech more eloquent in the cause of liberty, than the one we had just listened to from the lips of that hunted fugitive.”
Response In this passage, Garrison attempts to express the sheer fascination, impressment, and wonder that washed over him when he had heard Fredrick Douglass’s speech on the occurrences within slavery. Garrison applies this literary motivation with the use of the rhetorical comparison between the unknown Douglass’s speech and that of the well-known patriot Patrick Henry. By comparing and stating that Douglass conceived a message of liberty that even one of the fore fathers of the liberation of their nation was not able to create, Garrison is able to apply a message to the reader of the magnitude of the intelligence and beauty that Douglass contains. This statement impresses upon the reader the thought of how cruel slavery truly is, through Garrison’s diction as well. The fact that such an intelligent and upstanding human is made to be a lesser being, a “hunted fugitive” because of his skin and not of his mind or moral code affects the conscience of all who hear or read Garrison’s words. Through his Powerful message Garrison is able to convey…
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