Narrative Of The Life Of Fredrick Douglass, An American Slave

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Narrative of The Life of Fredrick Douglass, an American Slave In Fredrick Douglass’s a narrative, Narrative of The Life of Fredrick Douglass, an American Slave, he narrates an account of his experiences in the dehumanizing institution of slavery. This American institution was strategically formatted to quench any resemblance of human dignity. Throughout, the narration of his life Fredrick Douglas, meticulously illustrates the methodical process that contributed to the perpetual state of slavery. In his narration Douglass, denounces the idea that slaves are inferior to their masters but rather, it’s the dehumanizing process that constructs this erroneous theory. Ultimately, the desires of his consciousness for knowledge ferociously leads him to mental and physical pursuit of his emancipation. Fredrick was always troubled by the lack of information slaves knew about themselves. He didn’t have an identity beyond knowing he was born a slave. “By far the larger part of the slaves know as little of their ages as horses know of theirs, and is the wish of most masters within my knowledge to keep their slaves thus ignorant.” (217) Although, this information was not peeve to slaves nevertheless, it was a source of unhappiness for Douglass. In addition, Fredrick like most slaves never developed a relationship with his mother. He was certain it was deliberate on the part of the master, “to hinder the development of the child’s affection to mother, and to blunt and destroy the
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