Sample Essay

This book “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass’ was a book which showed the lives of several slaves at the time of Douglass. It showed the agonies slaves had to pass through starting with the lack of identity as it was shown by the fact that Douglass never knew the date of his birth so that he could never know his age. Slaves had to guess their ages by listening to some of the remarks their masters used to make as it was evidenced by a remark that was made by Douglass’s master, “some time during 1835, I was about seventeen years old”.

Further, although Douglass knew his mother, he never knew who his father was and this was another factor which showed lack of identity since he never had a father figure to identify himself with although “opinion was also whispered that my master was my father”. It should be noted that by Douglass knowing his mother, he did not enjoy the love of a mother since they were separated when he was very young and they met only a few times in his lifetime and as a matter of fact when he heard about the death of his mother, he took it just like that of a stranger with no affection attached. All these factors proved to Douglass that being a slave, one did not enjoy the major human right and thus this motivated him to fight for his own freedom. It showed that there were so many hardships which slaves had to undergo (59).

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