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course they are very relative in the story and are linked to very relevant incidents in the narrative, but they are not essential to the main meaning of the autobiography. Which is slavery is evil. We did not need this story to know that slavery was a very dark mark in the history of the United States. We did not need this autobiography to know that morally, slavery is wrong. What this story did do was make us see firsthand what went on in the mind of a slave and how they depicted themselves, and slavery. The autobiography expressed many mixed feelings from Frederick Douglass s life, and told his story. The only thing that bothers me is that it was told in great detail up to his escape and after he escapes the narrative trails off and then ends. In my opinion Frederick wanted

people to read his story and be sympathetic with him and be outraged by slavery at that time. I think in this sense he did a good job. On the other hand I think his autobiography is just another story of slavery just as other former slaves stories are (for this time period). We know what happened, and we know the stories. I personally do not hold his autobiography as any great work. To me it is just another unfortunate slave story . Indeed it moved me but what can I do about it? There isn t any slavery in the United States anymore. In conclusion the notion of Frederick Douglass s self changes throughout the story. In such a way his personality changes too. When looked at both one can conclude that they are intertwined into the incidences that occurred in his life. The first

incident being born into slavery and treated as a slave, as exemplified with the whipping of his aunt. The other incident was his education. That is when things changed. That is when the esteem changed as did the personality. These are all very relevant to the story as Douglass tries to immerse the reader into the world, mind, and life of a slave. To me though, the point is the entire overlying issue of the story. It is true that these incidences and transitions make up the autobiography of Frederick Douglass, but to me the autobiography only holds one main point that was made very clear…slavery is evil. Bibliography Douglass, Frederick. (1962) Life and Times of Frederick Douglass. New York: Collier Books, 1 The Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass: Early Years 1817-1849.

New York: International Publishers Foner, Philip S. (1955) The Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass: Reconstruction and After. New York: International Publishers Huggins, Nathan Irvin. (1980) Slave and Citizen: The Life of Frederick Douglass. Boston: Little, Brown Quarles, Benjamin. (1948) Frederick Douglass. Washington, D.C.: The Associated Publishers, Inc.