Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

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In the autobiographical narrative “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave”, Fredric Douglass shares his momentous journey from slavery to freedom and the paths he took to get to freedom. From the beginning of the book, Douglass is a slave literally, both body and mind. Once the book comes to an end, he gets his authorized freedom and freedom of his mind. Each chapter of the book is like a series of "realizations,” moments of insight, that he has along the way.
The narrative takes place in the 1800s, from the beginning of Douglass’ birth in 1818, until his death in 1895. Douglass served as a slave on the farms of Maryland and in Baltimore throughout his adolescence; this creates the building blocks for his journey in and out of freedom. One of the main themes in the book is how an African American man, from childhood to adulthood suffered and endured the countless treacherous pain of slavery and how, through time was able to overcome and break free from the bonds of slavery and became a famous, triumphant African American who paved the way for his own race. By Fredric Douglass enduring slavery and the bonds of imprisonment, he was able to fight for freedom and pave the way for others of his race, and fighting for equality. At the age of seven, Douglass was separated from his family and sent to work for a white family, by the head of Captain Anthony. While living on his plantation, he discovers the “Great House Farm”, which resembles a small
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