Thu 30 Nov 2006
Frederick Douglas experienced a life full of tragedies that were not uncommon throughout for a African America slave to experience growing up; but what truly sets him apart from all the rest is that he changed his story, he fought for black rights and became one of the most respected African Americans of his time. If one thinks about it, he beat the system of slavery by learning how to read. Although he came across the miraculous discovery that slave owners keep their power by keeping their slaves uneducated. What really catalyzed his want to become educated and learn to read was his encounter with Mr. and Mrs. Auld. It may have been Mrs. Auld’s offering him reading lessons and the opportunity, or what I think is a more likely cause, Douglas overhearing from Mr. Auld that slaves are slaves because of their inability to read. Its in our blood to spire our oppressors when given the chance, Douglas found the key to the end of slavery and used it. But what really makes his “Narrative” classic, is that it has a “Cinderella” tale to it, where he went from being victimized, to being the voice of anti-slavery movement. It is for these reasons that his “Narrative” is mistaken to be a novel rather than an auto-biography. One could go on to compare it to the African American author Maya Angelu’s “Why The Caged Bird Sings” which was also an autobiography about the hardships of being black, but what is more is that Douglas mentions that the slaves sing cause they’re grieving, much like how a caged bird sings because it too is grieving.