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Frederick Douglass Passage Analysis

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Emerson, Ashley
10 July 2017
AP Lang

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Passages: (Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass)

Passage: (PG. 47) “Slavery proved as injurious to her as it did to me. When I went there, she was a pious, warm, and tender-hearted woman. There was no sorrow or suffering for which she had not a tear. She had bread for the hungry, clothes for the naked, and comfort for every mourner that came within her reach. Slavery soon proved its ability to divest her of these heavenly qualities. Under its influence, the tender heart became stone, and the lamblike disposition gave way to one of tiger-like fierceness.”

In this passage, Frederick Douglass displays that not only slaves are affected by slavery. Mrs. Alud was a sweet and caring white woman before the demoralizing effects of slavery. She became callous, violent, and malicious. Before she became the heartless slave owner, she taught Douglass how to read and write. After, however, the sight of him with a newspaper struck immense rage. Douglass compares his struggle with slavery to hers, stating that his emotional scars are equivalent to hers. This shows that Douglass was absolutely revolted by slavery and what it did to individuals. It hardened hearts and erased any trace of humanity.

Passage: (PG. 58) “We were all ranked together at the valuation. Men and women, old and young, married and single, were ranked with horses, sheep, and
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