Analysis of Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
In Modern day America, the thought of slavery is horrifying. It is a dark chapter in the American history and should be fought against at all costs now. However, American used to know the reality of the atrocities that occurred on various southern plantations. Its because of slave narratives that the American people have come to realize the inhumane nature of slavery and thus, that led to political activism. One Slave that helped spread awareness of slavery in the united states was Frederick Douglass “Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass”. Due to his extraordinary use of figurative language to help support his argument. Douglass succeeds in arguing his main claim: Slavery affects all those who are exposed to it and must be banned.
Frederick Douglass uses several types of figurative language in his narrative in few of which are allusions and ...view middle of the document...
“Mr.severe was rightly named; he was a cruel man.” (7) This example of Irony demonstrates the way that Frederick Douglass used Irony to highlight the cruelty of the characters involved in the institution of slavery. Douglass second method for presenting his main reasons to agree with him. The use of allusion is most effective when Frederick Douglass uses biblical allusions, Due to the fact that most of his audience at the time where Christian and so, If he had the power to convince them that slavery was not approved by the bible, It would add credibility to his argument. “He that knoweth his master’s will, and doeth it not, shall be beaten with many stripes.” (33) He is discussing his masters justification for beating a young slave several times. Although Frederick Douglass is not citing anything directly from the bible that condones slavery , his allusions to the bible and the way he collocates the passage with the cruel actions of his master draws a shocking picture in the audience's minds.Frederick Douglass presents the contrast between a biblical quote, Usually used when a worker disobeys the orders of his master, thereby showing the audience that souvenirs are wrong using the bible to justify their atrocious actions. Its due to these allusions that Frederick Douglass adds another layer of credibility to his argument and thus, persuades the audience that there is no religious justification for slavery.
In addition, Frederick Douglass uses Imagery to explicate and argue his main claim. Imagery is a visually descriptive language. The “Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass” contains vivid imagery that affects the reader somehow. One example of Imagery is when Douglass describes his aunt getting whipped and how it affected him. He wrote, “The louder she screamed, the harder he whipped; and where the blood ran fastest, there he whipped longest. He would whip her to make her scream, and whip her to make her hush; and not until overcome by fatigue, would he cease to swing the blood-clotted cowskin.” (4) The quote above helps the reader visualize a young boy Frederick Douglass as he watches his aunt being ruthlessly whipped by her master.