Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave tells the story of Frederick Douglass and his journey to freedom. Throughout the narrative Douglass presents his experiences through the eyes of a slave and how these experiences were the main reason for his acquired freedom. Each part of his transformation into a free, educated man always involved a set of opportunities that allowed him to ultimately be able to write this historical narrative. In the narrative, Douglass never fails to mention the great impact that getting an education had on his life and tributes his education to everything other great thing that happened after he became educated. However, being educated included going through several trials that allowed Douglass to reach his ultimate goal of being a free man. Even though Douglass attributes his success to his education, he also mentions that under slightly different circumstances, he would have never achieved what he did. This means that the education he strived for and eventually received, would be worthless without the steps he took to acquire it. Each of the events and situations that Douglass came upon had their own special purpose in helping him become the prominent writer and orator he is known for being. Born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, Douglass begins the narrative by telling us what he does not know. “I have no accurate knowledge of my age,” he writes. He does not know his father’s…
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