The power of education featured in the “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” was one, if

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The power of education featured in the “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” was one, if not, the most important theme that took part in his narrative. Frederick Douglass understood that the only path to become free for himself and other slaves was through learning to read and write and by having a solid education background to build on. However, Douglass was disgusted because by having an understanding of knowing how to read and write, he finally knew the extent of the horrors of slavery. Therefore, slaveholders used different tactics to keep this from happening, decreasing the confidence of slaves to act freely in a mannerly way. Freedom and equality were extremely limited in South, where rules and regulations were strictly…show more content…
Auld. Frederick still had to escape physically, but his education gave him the strength to perform this task and make it happen. By keeping slaves uneducated, plantation owners were able to have full control of them. By slaves having no education, they never understood nor questioned slave owners and why they owned people and used them to their advantages by putting them out in the fields. If a slave was given any type of knowledge, plantations would be corrupted. Even if a slave was given little information about slavery, they would become curious and look for more information to be passed along in order to have full knowledge on slavery until slaves were satisfied and knew what was happening. Slaves would then question the master and despise him. Unfortunately, slave owners maintained power of slaves by keeping them ignorant and uneducated. In addition with freedom, the narrative Douglass reveals exemplifies how slaves were denied simple concepts of their identities about who they truthfully were. For instance, Douglass mentions at the beginning of his narrative that slaves barely knew when they were born, as “it is the wish of most masters within my knowledge to keep their slaves thus ignorant” (Douglass 47). Owners purposely did this to keep slaves away from freedom because owners felt it was a tool to help slaves gain their freedom. With this, owners treated their slaves very cruel and punishment was harsh because
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