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The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Analysis

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Frederick Douglass, a former american slave born in Maryland, begins his narrative with a reflective tone which forces the reader to think about the grim reality of the situation. “I have no accurate knowledge of my age,” such a common ability is usually not thought about as a great privilege. The “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” gives an insightful view on the dehumanization of slaves. Frederick Douglass makes an effective argument against the slavery through his use of various and descriptive anecdotes, expressive colorful imagery, and emotional appeals to pathos in order to connect with his readers by rhetorical appeals and devices. Douglass gives detailed anecdotes of his and others experience with the institution of slavery to reveal the hidden horrors. He includes personal accounts he received while under the control of multiple different masters. He analyzes the story of his wife’s cousin’s death to provide a symbol of outrage due to the unfairness of the murderer’s freedom. He states, “The offence for which this girl was thus murdered was this: She had been set that night to mind Mrs. Hicks’s baby, and during the night she fell asleep, and the baby cried.” This anecdote, among many others, is helpful in persuading the reader to understand the severity of rule slaveholders hold above their slaves. This strategy displays the idea that slaves were seen as property and could be discarded easily.
Douglass presents vivid imagery to describe the cruel
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