Frederick Douglass? Status Elevation Through Disassociation From Slavery
Frederick Douglass states he found himself regretting his own existence. Douglass is humiliated by his slavery status, and attempts to elevate himself in other?s eyes. Douglass writes about slavery from a third person point of view, free of personal accounts. Douglas attains an education; something very uncommon for slaves. He affirms his father is a white man, while not having any true confirmation in writing. Altering his name from Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey to Frederick Douglass changes his identity and removes his ?slave? identity. Douglass?s narrative takes on a modest tone about his classification as a slave as he struggles to pursue an elevated status in society.
Douglass? recount is written in the third person point of view, removing him from the condition of slavery. He removes himself so easily because in writing the narrative, he is no longer a slave. However, consciously or subconsciously, Douglass displays his elevated status by writing and through his recognition as an autobiographer. Referring to the slaves? feelings about the Great House Farm, and not his own elevates his position and disassociates himself from slavery in the reader?s mind. ?The slaves selected to go to the
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