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Chapter 11 Analysis
Transcript of Chapter 11 Analysis
Chapter 11 Overview
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
This is the grand climax of the story because Douglass runs away, from slavery and his master.
It is also the final piece to Douglass' story, and wraps up the loose ends.
Beginning of new phase in life as a free man,
New world, new Douglass
Gain right to hire time by promising to pay $3
Escapes to New York
Is helped by an abolitionist
Becomes an abolitionist himself
The paper became my meat and my drink. My soul was set all on fire.
Its sympathy for my
brethren in bonds
its faithful exposures of slavery
attacks upon the upholders
of the institution
-- sent a thrill of joy through my soul, such as I had never felt before
"In the early part of the year 1838,
I became quite restless. I could see no reason why I should , at the end of each week, pour the reward of my toil into the purse of my master.
When I carried to him my weekly
wages, he would, after counting the money,
look at me with robber-like fierceness
He was satisfied with nothing less than the last cent. He would, however, when I made him six dollars, sometimes give me six cents, to encourage me
...I regarded it as a sort of admission of my right to the whole...and make him feel himself to be an
honorable sort of robber
Hugh Auld Characterization
Tone of Trust
Theme of Identity
“I would allow myself to
suffer under the greatest imputations
which evil men might suggest, rather than exculpate myself, and thereby run the hazard of closing the slightest avenue by which a brother slave might clear himself of the chains and letters of slavery. I have
never approved of the very public manner in which some of our western friends have conducted what they call the
but which I think, by their open declarations, has been made the
powerful/ compassionate diction
Aggravated/ irritated tone
Hugh Auld: "I called upon him to pay him what he considered his due. I found him very angry; he could scarce restrain his wrath. He said he had a great mind to give me a severe whipping" (100).
David Ruggles: "I was relieved from it by the humane hand Mr. David Ruggles, whose viligance, kindness, and perseverance, I shall never forget. I am glad of an opportunity to express, as far as words can, the love and gratitude I bear him" (104).
Mr. Nathan Johnson: "...we were directed to the house of Mr. Nathan Johnson, by whom we we were kindly recieved, and hopitably provided for. Both Mr. and Mrs. Johnson took a deep and lively interest in our welfare of the name of abolitionists" (106).
Frederick Douglass: "Everything looked clean, new, and beautiful...I was for once made gladly view of extreame wealth, without being saddened by seeing extreme poverty"
- Douglass' old master, who refuses Frederick a job.
- Douglass' master who gives him a job
Douglass forgets pay - delayed by meeting
September 3 - Douglass escapes to New York
- Free black journalist and abolitionist who helps Douglass in New York (witness to marriage and gives $5 recommendation letter)
- Free black from Baltimore and marries Douglass
Johnson (Mr. & Mrs.)
- Pays Douglass and givers of Douglass' last name.
There I was in the midst of thousands, and yet a perfect stranger; without home and without friends, in the midst of thousands of my own brethren
- children of a common Father, and yet I
not unfold to any one of them my
condition. I was
to speak to anyone for
of speaking to the wrong one, and thereby falling into the hands of money-loving kidnappers, whose buissness it was to lie in wait for the
as the ferocious bests of the forest lie in wait for thier prey" (103).
I gave Mr. Johnson the privilege of choosing me a name
, but told him he must not take me from the name of "
I must hold on to that, to preserve a sense of my identity.
Johnson had just
been reading the "Lady of the Lake,"
and at once suggested that my name be "
From that time until now I have been called "