In the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass portrays the many horrors he went through as a slave and those on his way to freedom.Douglass’s refined writing skill aims at giving the reader the true meaning of being a slave in good times and in bad. Douglass’s narrative is a non-fiction, historical autobiography.Douglass writes about his life as how it happened to him, the whippings, starvation, etc.The book has its place in history, just as slavery and all of cruelty does.
As a “slave for life” it is understandable that one might want to change his fate given the opportunity.Douglass, on the other hand, creates his own opportunity; he changes his destiny given to him at birth.Douglass tells about his many lessons in reading and writing even though they are informal they are sufficient. Douglass uses vivid imagery to depict the severity of slavery.Douglass speaks of few kind masters, but he speaks of many cruel ones.
Some of which whipped their slaves nearly to death, and nothing could be done to stop it.With the unbearable inhumanity, escaping was the only answer. Many authors, like Douglass, who write about slavery, write of its severity and inhumanity.People were sold as animals, and treated like dirt.Family and friends were separated, traded off as property.Some were lucky enough to escape like Douglass, but many were unfortunate and had to suffer as brutes. Douglass should have provided more detailed information about his actual escape.
For example, details showing why his master had let him hire his time, and how long it took for his plan of freedom to work. Frederick Douglass gives detailed pictures of his punishments as well as others in his narrative.He also provides good, although sickening, descriptions of the labor he is forced to do and the many journeys he must take. The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is overall a well written…