Slavery : Beyond The Truth And Reality

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Jenny Nguyen
13 December, 2015

Slavery: Beyond the Truth and Reality
“The white man 's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man 's misery” (Frederick Douglass). Throughout the years, the guiding question was to determine whether or not slavery should be abolished. This is essential to better understand what humans are capable of doing. By deciding whether or not slavery should be abolished, the sense of right and wrong becomes more apparent. Frederick Douglass was a slave born and raised in Maryland. Although he lived a atrocious childhood, through self perseverance, he improved his life, and latter became an influential abolitionist. Frederick Douglass writes a persuasive narrative expressing his emotions,
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He uses Pathos in this context as he talks about his emotions towards Mrs. Auld. Since Douglass grew up without having someone to fully care for him, Mrs. Auld was another “mother figure” to him. She treated him fairly and did not let the fact that he was a slave blind her from being cruel towards him. In the point of view of Douglass, proves to the readers that she was genuinely kind. He states his argument in such a way that one cannot ever look to Mrs. Auld as if she were ever to be cruel as she is now. However, her downfall came as she practiced her husband’s behaviors. With this, it becomes more apparent how a sweet a person as Mrs. Auld can change into someone who is more malevolent than her husband. Douglass expresses the horrid scenes of a young girl being whipped. “I have seen him tie up a young woman and whip her, causing the warm red blood to drip” (44). Douglass uses imagery to describe the horrid scene that he has encountered. He feels bad for the girl for she was tired up. Using Pathos, Douglass describes the countless times that he has witnessed slaves being whipped and mistreated to gain sympathy from the readers.
In brief, Douglass talks about how a poor man was, “Immediately chained and handcuffed; forever sundered, from his family and friends, by a hand more unrelenting than death” (23). In this situation, Douglass talks about family and the significance of it. While the man was being chained away, the biggest fear was
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