Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Analysis

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Although many people think they know the brutality about slavery, not many people truly understand the hardships that people had to really face. In Frederick Douglass’s, “ Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,” he portrays slavery in many different ways through emotion, fact, and first hand experience. The book is his life story going through the depths of slavery and persevering through all the bad until he insures his freedom. In the book he uses many different strategies that shows people the horrors of slavery through his literate writing style. In my mind, I think the most effective examples of persuasive appeals as an anti-slavery book is his use of logic, reason, emotion, and appeal. To begin with, I didn’t realize…show more content…
On the other hand, Frederick Douglass throughout this book, doesn’t show as much emotion and feelings as you would imagine a slave to express. In the beginning of this novel, Douglass doesn’t really portray his feelings or describe them at all. But when he finally escapes slavery and is in New York, he expresses many different feelings. When he first originally gets to New York, Frederick Douglass feels lonely and depressed because he left everyone he knew behind and is in a new and strange world that is filled with many terrors.” There I was in the midst of thousands, and yet a perfect stranger; without home and without friends, in the midst of thousands of my brethren- child of a common father, and yet I dared not unfold to any one of them my sad condition.” The constant fear of being captured again and sent back south makes Douglass always feel on edge and scared causing anxiety and depression. But after a time, Frederick meets a man that helps him get his start in his new life and he feels forever grateful. While I understand slavery is cruel and slaveholders and masters were all evil, I was surprised to find out that the more religious masters were more cruel and evil than masters who were not religious. Frederick Douglass talks about religious slaveholders being more cruel because they feel compelled to because of God. These masters say that God told them to be so hard and that it’s God’s will and way for slaves to be treated that way.” Prior
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