Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

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Frederick Douglass’ “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave” portrays slavery’s problems through the use of gruesome details, seeking to mainly inform the reader rather than target their emotions, being a factual autobiography rather than a fictional story, and still managing to have the progression of a fictional story regardless of it being true.
Because of this, I feel it is much more effectual in displaying the issues of slavery to the reader than Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was in an overall comparison. Douglass’ autobiography is incredibly vivid and clear when it comes to bloody or painful scenes. One of the most detailed examples being,
Before he commenced whipping Aunt Hester...He made
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Next, the tone of Douglass’ piece comes across as being matter-of-fact or focused on giving a somewhat unbiased view of the story, despite it describing his life. This allows Douglass to go into depth in a different way from “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and give a different point of view or describe things that normally wouldn’t come to mind.. At the very start of this work, we read,
A want of information concerning my own was a source of unhappiness...the white children could tell their ages. I could not tell why I ought to be deprived of the same privilege I was not allowed to make any inquiries of my master concerning it. He deemed all such inquiries on the part of a slave improper…(946.)
Here, Douglass simply portrays the facts of slaves being withheld from knowledge, even as basic as their birthday, how seeking to gain knowledge is seen as a terrible thing for a slave to attempt, and, a little bit beyond this section, how his father was white and possibly even his own slave master. Throughout various sections of the piece, Douglass will place a paragraph showing something akin to,”In August, 1832, my master attended a Methodist camp-meeting...and there experienced religion...If it had any effect on his character,
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