Much Ado About Nothing And Orator On The Life Of A Slave, By Frederick Douglass

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A social hierarchy has existed that mandates a person’s resources in order to become more literate and knowledgeable. The opportunity for education to become literate has greatly varied for the different social classes. Class designation may or may not have tremendous influence on education, Class designation is believed to have tremendous influence on education, yet countless exceptions have been … as made apparent in literary works like William Shakespeare’s play, Much Ado About Nothing and orator on the life of a slave, Frederick Douglass’ Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Shakespeare’s depiction of characters like Margaret, a sharp tongued servant, and Dogberry, a bumbling sheriff, as well as Frederick Douglass, in his own…show more content…
Although Margaret is merely a servant and does not have the opportunity to receive a formal education, she makes full use of her learning materials like emulating the syntax used by the people she is constantly wary of because they are of higher social standings. Similarly, Frederick Douglass, a former slave of “Master Hugh’s family,” highlights that “education and slavery [are] incompatible” and that there “lay the danger” in expanding his educational resources, (Douglass, pg 755). He is “narrowly watched” and succumbed to violence, however he cannot act out against his oppressors because they are his masters and he has no rights or freedoms to claim as his own. Despite being a slave, and being a part of the lowest class, Douglass’ comprehensive use of his resources lends itself to “adopt[ing]” clever plans to go beyond the limitations forced on him, (pg 756). Each time Douglass is seen in a “separate room,” his masters “[suspect]” that he is reading a “book” and he is beaten as though he is a “brute” that needs to be harshly reprimanded for his actions, (pg 755). He replicates the “stratagems” that his mistress initially relies on to “instruct” him; the “inch” of education that

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