Frederick Douglass's Physical And Intellectual Struggles



An autobiography recounts the life of an individual who has played an important role in the world. The individual, or, character must be a relevant and influential figure in society to have a successful autobiography. Frederick Douglass was an extremely intelligent and influential man which is apparent as he tells his story in the Narrative of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written By Himself. The narrative is a popular autobiography in which Douglass tells about his life as a slave and the struggles he endured to become free of slavery. Douglass originally wrote the narrative during the abolitionist movement. Through Douglass's story of development the autobiography was ...

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with a slave. "... I say, let him be placed in this most trying situation, -the situation in which I was placed, -then, and not till then, will he fully appreciate the hardships of, and know how to sympathize with, the toil-worn and whip-scarred fugitive slave." (70) Douglass felt that no one would ever know what slavery was like unless he or she had been a part of it.
As a slave, Douglass was not given many opportunities; although, through intellectual and physical struggles, Douglass developed into a very strong man. Douglass overcame many obstacles throughout his life, including some particular events that had a great influence on him. Autobiography can be thought of as a story that recounts how the subject considered as a "character" comes to be the subject that speaks, the narrator. The major things that occurred in Douglass's life that helped to bring him to the point of narrator in this autobiography were the denial of an identity, the first scene of brutality with ...

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from slavery he was still, in a sense, controlled by his master because he feared he would be recaptured. In order to reduce this fear, Frederick changed his name from Bailey to Douglass. Douglass could not even keep his own name, which is a significant denial of identity. Douglass faced many obstacles with regards to identity formation; however, he still managed to overcome those obstacles and he developed into a great man.
Douglass's first impression of slavery occurred when he witnessed the beating of Ant Hester. Until this point, Douglass lived outside of the plantation and had never seen any brutality. It was Douglass's first Master-Anthony, who severely whipped Ant Hester. ...

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