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Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass
Transcript of Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass
-"I could not tell why I ought to be deprived of the same privilege (1) Having faith even when your life is hard
- "Every tone was a testimony against slavery, and a prayer to God for deliverance from chains'' (8) Afraid to be truthful
-" This is the penalty of telling the truth in answer to a series of questions.'' (11) Injustice
- "Mr. Gore's defense was satisfactory... His horrid crime was not even submitted to judicial investigation.'' (13) Douglass learns that not everyone is mean and cruel like he thought
- "It was a new and strange sight to me, brightening up my pathway with the light of happiness.'' (18) Narrative of the Life of
Frederick Douglass "I know of such cases; and it is worthy of remark that such slaves invariably suffer great hardships, and have more to contend with, than others'' (2) - Compound-complex, medium length, periodic "...I received the tidings of her
death with much the same emotions I
should have probably felt at the
death of a stranger'' (2) -Metaphor "...old and young, male and female, married and single, drop down side by side, one one common bed, -the cold, damp floor,...''(6) -Tactile imagery " Those songs still follow me, to deepen my hatred of slavery, and quicken my sympathies for my brethren bonds'' (8) Complex, Medium length, natural "To describe the wealth of Colonel Lloyd would be almost equal to describing the riches of Job.'' (10)
- Allusion, metaphor "They were frequently whipped when least deserving, and escaped whipping when most deserving it'' (9) -Medium length, complex, balanced "His presence was painful; his eye flashed confusion; and seldom was his sharp, shrill voice heard, without producing horror and trembling in their ranks.'' (12) -Auditory and visual imagery, personification "His words were in perfect keeping with his looks and his looks were in perfect keeping with his words'' (13) -Medium length, compound "I would crawl into this bag and there sleep on the cold, damp,clay floor, with my head in and feet out'' (16)
- Tactile and Visual Imagery " This good spirit was from God, and to him I offer thanksgiving and praise.'' (19) Short, compound Chapter 6 Knowledge leads to Freedom
-"From that moment, I understood the pathway from slavery to freedom'' (21) "The fatal poison of irresponsible power was already in her hands, and soon commenced its inferior work'' (20) -Metaphor "Her favor was not gained by it; she seemed to be disturbed by it.'' (20)
- Short, Compound, balanced Chapter 7 Understanding and knowing more things about freedom tormented Douglass
- "It had given me a view of my wretched condition, without the remedy'' (25) "Under its influence the tender heart became stone, and the lamblike disposition gave way to one of a tiger-like fierceness.'' (23) _ Hyperbole, Metaphor, Simile "It was always used in such connections as to make it an interesting word to me.'' (25)
-Short, Simple, natural Chapter 8 Douglass always thought positively and was determined to reach his goals.
-"My determination to run away was again revived.'' (31) "The grave is at the door.'' (30)
-Personification "The children, the unconscious children, who once sang and danced in her presence, are gone.'' (30)
- Medium, compound, periodic Chapter 9 Religion doesn't always affect one in a positive way.
- "I believe him to have been a much worse man after his conversion than before.'' (33) "At times, he spoke to his slaves with the firmness of Napoleon and the fury of a demon...'' (33) - Metaphor "He resolved to put me out, as he said, to be broken; and for this purpose, he let me for one year to a man named Edward Covey.'' (35)
- Long, Compound-Complex, periodic Chapter 10 Douglass finally stands up for himself.
-"The whole six months afterwards, that I spent with Mr. Covey, he never laid the weight of his finger upon me in anger.'' (43) "I suppose I looked like a man who had escaped a den of wild beasts, and barely escaped them.'' -Simile "He gave me another kick, and again told me to rise.'' (40) -Short, compound, natural Chapter 11 " The paper became my meat and my drink.'' (68) -Hyperbole "We now began to feel a degree of safety, and to prepare ourselves for the duties and responsibilities of a life of freedom.'' (65) -Long, Compound People could be prosperous without slavery. -" The people looked more able, stronger, healthier and happier, than those in Maryland.'' (66)