The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

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After the completion of both “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave,” by Frederick Douglass and “Self Reliance”, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, a person may notice a trend that both authors focused on. The trend was the key to happiness or self-fulfillment. Both Ralph Waldo Emerson and Frederick Douglass believed that acquiring knowledge is what people should aim for throughout their lives. They both had different viewpoints when it came to the type of knowledge individuals should gain. Douglass believed that one should seek to develop their mind while Emerson encouraged people to develop their soul. Frederick Douglass’ novel was a self-titled book depicting the trials and tribulations he had to prevail over as an American slave. Frederick’s views his time as a slave as being paramount in determining the path he decided to take in his future. Throughout time he portrayed a higher level of thinking than most people that were in the predicament as Frederick Douglass. He eventually had less hatred for his masters as he believed they gave him a chance to discover himself as a person. Ralph Waldo Emerson’s novel was more of a second person’s view of others during the post slavery era of America. This is indicated by Frederick Douglass’ book and the use of first person. It is similar to the tone and use of the same person in self-reliance where Ralph Waldo Emerson spoke of the quest he encountered towards identifying his identity and inner self. The setting
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