Born into slavery in February 1818, Frederick Douglass knew no other way until finally escaping in September 1838. In The Heroic Slave Douglass writes about the journey of a slave named Madison Washington and his fight against slavery. A white man named Mr. Listwell helps Madison throughout his fight and truly impacts his life for the greater good. Throughout The Heroic Slave Washington and Listwell express their dedication to fighting back against the oppression of Blacks, gaining freedom and proving that freedom is something everyone should have forever, and under no circumstances should never be taken from them. Both Madison Washington and Mr. Listwell think that everyone should have the right to freedom because in the big picture we are all only human.
Madison Washington is completely aware of his placement as a slave in this story, but is in no way letting that hold him back from obtaining his everlasting goal; freedom. He says “I am a slave,-- born a slave, an abject slave, -- even before I was made part of this breathing world, the scourge was plated for my back; the fetters we forged for my limbs. How mean a thing am I” (Part I). However, Douglass communicates Washington's inner feelings, by later writing “But here I am, a man,-- yes, a man!” (Part I). Here it is acknowledged that Washington knows he should be just as equal as everyone else, although the white slave owner is his “superior, and scorns to own him as his master” (Part I).
Washington thinks that freedom is something that he must have and he will achieve it one way or another, he is determined and will stop at nothing. With the help of Listwell, his wishes are granted in a sense that he finally stands up to always conforming to the ways of slavery. Douglass writes “Liberty I will have, or die in the attempt to gain it” (Part I). Washington expresses that he has been pushed too far through slavery and he will no longer take it. He is done with being submissive and not fighting back, so he decides to do what others have done, and escape and he “shall be free” (Part I).
Mr. Listwell, as well pushes his view on freedom for all throughout the story. He works with Madison Washington hand in hand because they believe the same concept that he deserves freedom, as everyone else does. He says to Washington “Oh, sir, I know not your name, but I have seen your face, and heard your voice before. I am glad to see you. I know all. You are flying for your liberty,-- be seated,-- banish all fear. You are safe under my roof” (Part II). Listwell expresses that although Washington is considered his opposite for being black, he will treat him as his equal, and he will protect him and help him achieve freedom. Listwell...