Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

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In his book, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass gives detail on his life as a slave and the things that he has experienced. After being a slave for a good portion of his life, until he escaped in 1838 to New York, Douglass was able to witness the cruel slavery that many people were not able to experience or see. By writing this narrative Douglass is able to tell the truth about slavery on what the slaves have experienced and reveal that the truths people believed about slavery are actually lies. Douglass not only uses ethos to build up his credibility by describing his own personal experiences and events that have actually occurred, but he also pathos by making the reader feel certain emotions after reading about his experiences. In addition, his arguments against the justifications people had about slavery and why it was good and the assumptions people made about slaves, an example being slaves singing because they are happy when in reality they sing because they are sad, exemplifies a logos appeal. Although Frederick Douglass uses all of the rhetorical appeals--ethos, logos, and pathos--in his narrative, his use of pathos is particularly effective when he describes his experiences as a slave and the events he witnessed throughout his life. Douglass begins the story of his life as a slave by stating that he has no knowledge of his age along with other slaves, in fact Douglass has never met a slave who does know their birthday. Douglass is
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