Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass In Frederick Douglass writings I learned that his physical struggles and his writing as resistance are nearly parallel. When Douglass is living in Baltimore with the Auld family, Mrs. Auld began to teach him the alphabet. After this was discovered by Mr. Auld, the teaching ceased, and Douglass was carefully watched to be sure that he was not reading when alone. Despite this, Douglass was insistent upon learning to read because he knew that his literacy would lead to his freedom.

His means of resistance through writing was going against what he was allowed to do and doing what he knew was key to his survival as a human being. “In learning to read, I owe almost as much to the bitter opposition of my master, as to the kindly aid of my mistress.”(p. 58) Douglass physical struggle as a means of resistance is very similar to his learning to read. They were both forbidden. A good example of one of Douglass physical struggles was his fight with Mr.

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Covey. “My resistance was so entirely unexpected, that Covey seemed taken all aback.”(p.78) After winning this “victory” Douglass felt as he did when learning to read. It made him feel sure of himself, and it made him feel like a real person in charge of his own destiny. “It was a glorious resurrection, from the tomb of slavery, to the heaven of freedom.”(p.79).


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