The Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglas
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass ‘ Narrative the Life of Frederick Douglass , an American Slave , Written by Himself , was first published in 1845 when author was approximately twenty-eight years old , the autobiography was widely circulated and critically acclaimed by his contemporaries Remarkable for its vivid s , clarity of tone , and powerful rhetoric , Douglass ‘ narrative details the deplorable conditions suffered by slaves and dispels prevailing myths about slavery (myths that sanitized its evils and that implied that slaves themselves were better [banner_entry_middle]
off under its rule . Douglass boldly includes the exact names and locations of the persons and events he reproves . Most poignantly , he paints a vivid picture of the emotional and spiritual life of an individual slave , revealing his raw frustrations , intense inner yearnings , fears , and aspirations , making him a kind of “everyman ” with whom sympathetic readers could easily identify
The first eight Books detail Douglass ‘ life on the Wye plantation and in Baltimore , his awakening of consciousness and broadening perception of a wider world . Books Nine and Ten show Douglass in a state of transition undergoing a metamorphosis of sorts , whereby a “slave becomes a man . It is only in the final book , Eleven , that we learn of Douglass determination to escape and his arrival in New York , and Massachusetts (Out of concern for Douglass ‘ welfare , and for the welfare of slaves still aspiring to escape , neither the route of his journey nor his means of transport is described . Reading the text within the context of the Hero Quest theme , Douglass is regarded as a man on a journey of self discovery , one who develops , along the way , a thirst for social justice and learns to view with a critical eye reigning institutions and ideologies
Douglass entitles his narrative Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass , an American Slave , Written by Himself . He emphasizes the narrative or account of his life rather than the adventures , thereby elevating the narrative from a mere “interesting ” story to an instructive , conscientious construction and reconstruction of his life His title introduces the idea of literacy as an inherent and organic part of his experiences and identity . This bridge , indicated by the comma , intensifies the noun and pivotally designates his narrative as an authorized act , one by which he constructs an identity based on a systematic structuring of details that ultimately leads to the transformation of the man . Douglass sets a paradigm for objectifying his subjective experience by rendering an eyewitness account of slavery that typifies that of most American slaves . Hence , he posits a titular argument to prepare his audience for its (the title ‘s ) inherent claim he , Frederick Douglass , was a man who was made a slave
Douglass ‘ Narrative can be examined in light of both its historical and personal contexts . Together , Douglass ‘ immediate , individual situation the setting into which he was born , his family and pivotal relationships , his inward struggles and aspirations as well as the wider social and political landscape against which his journey… [banner_entry_footer]
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