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Transcript of Freedom
Distinguish the rhetorical appeals utilized in the passage "You are loosed from your moorings... There is a better day coming." What is Douglass's purpose in using these appeals?
How does Douglass express his yearning for freedom in his monologue? How are these thoughts similar to Patrick Henry's ideas in his speech to the Virginia Convention? Give specific examples.
In Henry's speech to the Virginia Convention, he urges and calls for the patriots to prepare to fight the British. He utilizes a slavery/freedom motif when he refers to how the patriots will soon be in "chains" if they decide not to fight. Both men share the idea that if they do not fight now, they will forever or soon end up in "chains". If Douglass never strives to be free, he will forever be a slave. Although answers may vary on whose evidence was stronger, it seems as though Henry had a more figurative idea while Douglass had the literal point.
In the first paragraph starting from "Our house stood..." how does the quote, "....stillness of a summer's Sabbath... moving off to the mighty ocean" contribute to the tone of the passage?
Douglass's time with Covey has to be one of his lowest points of his life. Meanwhile, Covey’s house is located around Chesapeake Bay where large ships with white sails often traveled by to sail northward. The specific color, white, is often associated with freedom and purity, but this just motivates Douglass even further to be free one day. He also compares the white sails as to "swift-winged angels" that may suggest spiritualism and hope that a better day is to come. In conclusion, these ships symbolized freedom for Douglass, which always reminded and taunted him about his enslavement.
Explain the significance of the white ships and
why they have such a great effect on Douglass in the passage, "Our house stood within a few rods... with an apostrophe to the moving multitude of ships."
Frederick Douglass Presentation
What role does God play in Frederick Douglass's cry for freedom? How do Frederick Douglass and Patrick Henry use God to their advantage in their demands? What do they share in common?
Identify the rhetorical device utilized in the passage "You are loosed from your moorings... There is a better day coming." Also explain Douglass's purpose for this choice of rhetorical device. ([Paragraph 2).
"Our house stood within... my wretched lot."
How does Fredrick Douglass's quote, "I am confined in the bands of iron!" in paragraph 2 relate to Patrick Henry's Speech to the Virginia Convention? Whose use is stronger and more convincing?
Sabbath is a Christian-Judaic holiday where one rests on Sunday (for Christians). "Deep stillness of a summer's Sabbath" displays a calm, relaxing tone where nothing is happening. Douglass's description of the scenery adds texture to the passage such as "of a summer's Sabbath," giving warmth. "Lofty banks" displays his surroundings, which give a pondering tone. His emotional diction such as "saddened heart" and "tearful eye" complements the tone because it shows how he is thoughtful, bitter, and heartbroken.
"They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging."
In the second paragraph, Douglass begs for a sign from God and then wonders if there is actually a God in the first place. He wants to run away to receive the freedom that he wishes. He wonders if God would even allow Douglass to stay as a slave. Although first questioning if there is even a God, he stays positive by telling himself that God would never do that to him and that God will one day, help him become free. From this point on, Douglass accepts the fact that freedom will come with time. On the other hand, Henry says in his speech that there is a "...just God who presides over the destinies of nations..." and will be there to help fight against any injustice or sign of cruelty. He believes that Americans should stand for righteousness at any extent. Both Douglass and Henry think that if we are not faithful in God, we will be miserable.
Frederick Douglass blatantly expresses desire for freedom when he exclaims, "Let me be free!" He further asserts this by proclaiming, "Get caught or get clear, I'll try it. I had as well die with ague as the fever. I have only one life to lose. I had as well be killed running as die standing." These statements convey the same emotions as Patrick Henry's famous quote, "Give me liberty or give me death!" from his Speech to the Virginia Convention. This parallelism demonstrates Douglass and Henry's strong willingness to sacrifice their lives for justice. It also signifies that death is preferred to living lives of unjust cause such as slavery and monarchy.
Douglass uses an apostrophe to express his troubles to ships at Chesapeake Bay. He calls upon inanimate objects, the ships, in which he cries out to in desperation to be freed from slavery. The utilization of an apostrophe illustrates his trapped emotions from being enslaved being freed by being declared to the ships. His interaction with ships that cannot speak back conveys his desperate need to be freed from the brutality of slavery.