Here and throughout the autobiography, Douglass highlights the common practice of white slave owners raping slave women, both to satisfy their sexual hungers and to expand their slave populations.
Chapters 1—4[ edit ] Douglass begins by explaining that he does not know the date of his birth he later chose February 14,and that his mother died when he was 7 years old. He has very few memories of her children were commonly separated from their mothersonly of the rare night time visit.
He thinks his father is a white man, possibly his owner. At a very early age he sees his Aunt Hester being whipped. Douglass details the cruel interaction that occurs between slaves and slave holders, as well as how slaves are supposed to behave in the presence of their masters, and even when Douglass says that fear is what kept many slaves where they were, when they tell the truth they are punished by their owners.
Chapters 5—7[ edit ] Frontispiece of Douglass from the first edition At this point in the Narrative, Douglass is moved to BaltimoreMaryland. This move is rather important for him because he believes that if he had not been moved, he would have remained a slave his entire life.
He even starts to have hope for a better life in the future. He also discusses his new mistress, Mrs. Sophia Auld, who begins as a very kind woman but eventually turns cruel.
Douglass learns the alphabet and how to spell small words from this woman, but her husband, Mr. Auld, disapproves, and states that if slaves could read, they would not be fit to be slaves, being unmanageable and sad.
Upon hearing why Mr. Auld disapproves of slaves being taught how to read, Douglass realizes the importance of reading and the possibilities that this skill could help him. He takes it upon himself to learn how to read and learn all he can, but at times, this new found skill torments him.
Douglass then gains an understanding of the word abolition and develops the idea to run away to the North. He also learns how to write and how to read well. The slaves are valued along with the livestockcausing Douglass to develop a new hatred of slavery. He feels lucky when he is sent back to Baltimore to live with the family of Master Hugh.
He is then moved through a few more situations before he is sent to St. His regret at not having attempted to run away is evident, but on his voyage he makes a mental note that he traveled in the North-Easterly direction and considers this information to be of extreme importance.
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Washington and Olaudah Equiano. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass The tone established in the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is unusual in that from the beginning to the end the focus has been shifted.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by: Frederick Douglass Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass that was is a memoir by Frederick Douglass that was first published in . Frederick Douglass was born in Talbot County, Maryland, in February After escaping slavery he became one of the most influential figures of the American Abolitionist Movement.
Find out more about his early life and how it shaped him into the great leader for which he is known today. An autobiography is a biography of a person written by that person, and it conventionally depicts a process of personal development. Douglass’s Narrative is strictly an autobiography at certain points, but it exhibits conventions of other narrative genres as well.
For example, at times Douglass intends his life story to stand as the life story of all slaves, or of a typical slave. Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey; c.
February – February 20, ) was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and urbanagricultureinitiative.com escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his oratory and incisive antislavery writings.