The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass details the oppression Fredrick Douglass went through before his escape to freedom. In his narratives, Douglass offers the readers with fast hand information of the pain, brutality, and humiliation of the slaves. He points out the cruelty of this institution on both the perpetrator, and the victims. As a slave, Fredrick Douglass witnessed the brutalization of the blacks whose only crime was to be born of the wrong color. He narrates of the pain, suffering the slaves went through, and how he fought for his freedom through attaining education.
Douglass’s escape from slavery and eventual freedom are inseparable from his movingly narrated attainment of literacy. Douglass saw slavery as a dehumanizing institution. In his narratives, he sets an example to the other slaves on insisting upon their humanity to be acknowledged. Douglass refuses to acknowledge anything less than his spiritual, physical, and intellectual freedom. According to Douglass, their masters made academic was not worth to them, they made it hard for them to get literate. The slaves were forbidden from attaining any sort of education for the fear that they will gain insight, and rebel against them. The masters feared that if the slaves got education, they will become unmanageable and thus, could not allow them to get any education.
In his narratives, Douglass reveals a multitude of ways in which African-Americans were mistreated while in slavery. Initially, he never understood the direct meaning about the slave songs, but after learning that they were complains about slavery; he was now exposed to the horrors the slaves went through. The strength and academic worth of Douglass has inspired him with anti-slavery tales, and songs. However, literacy also gave him the ability to create relationships with his fellow slaves, and to serve them because he realized through their songs that they needed him. At Freeland's farm, he gave lessons to nearly forty slaves, improving their lives immeasurably. Most of the slaves suffered immensely, but were afraid to express it openly; they only did it through songs, and tales because, their masters could not understand their native language. Literacy was Douglass's first step on the road to his freedom, and that of his fellow African slaves. In addition, Douglas knew less about the slavery unfairness, until after finding the book The Columbian Orator, which was explaining the cases against slavery. He was angered by what he learnt about this book, and what the masters have done to the slaves. The book made him think that slavery was his fate, and there was no escape from it.
He notes that, the slavery institution made them forget about their origin, and anything else that entails their past, and even when they were born. The slaves forgot everything about their families, and none knew about their family because, they were torn from them without any warning. Douglass explains how they went without...