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Summary OfTo My Old Master Thomas Auld By Frederick Douglass

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In “To My Old Master, Thomas Auld” By Frederick Douglass, Douglass wrote about the horrid experiences that his family, fellow slaves, and himself faced. By taking the risk of writing such a controversial letter, Douglass automatically was considered an activist due to his impact amongst the slave community. He used an influential voice to portray his feelings, experiences, and to show emotion through his words. By doing so he created empathy in the reader, something that many before him were not able to do. The white population was a challenge to get through, but Douglass managed to bring them to understand by using his extraordinary literary skills and described his experience with vivid imagery. He used wordplay and imagery to draw attention to the cruel treatment of colored folk in the 1800’s. In the 1800’s it was uncommon for former slaves to speak up about their former masters, but Douglass broke the image of a silent slave. At this point in time, douglass did not hold anything back, his word choice would perfectly convey his feelings. As said by Douglass, “Just ten years ago this beautiful September morning, yon bright sun beheld me a slave—a poor degraded chattel—trembling at the sound of your voice, lamenting that I was a man, and wishing myself a brute” (Douglass 2). In this portion of Douglass’ letter he is using powerful word play to bring emotion to the readers. Words like poor, degraded and trembling have a negative connotation to them and bring a sense of
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