The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglas
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The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglas
1. Give a short summary of your book. (characters , conflict, complications, climaxes, resolutions)
The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglas is the first of three autobiographies written by this man. Frederick Douglas was born into slavery on a northern plantation in Maryland. Most of his problems occurred on the various plantations and masters he served from birth until he was in his late twenties. His troubles being on farms and plantations, having to deal with constantly changing overseer’s and finally escaping to freedom. A problem that made the story very interesting was that around the age of sixteen he made a promise to himself, he promised to always strike a man back once struck never fearing the consequences. He, being a slave could be killed for such a thing, luckily he never was really charged at all. I enjoyed the story but did not enjoy the fact that he never really became too acquainted with anyone for a long period. He was always moving and people always left him so he had to deal with not having true friends. He later adopted the phrase “trust no one” as his motto. Frederick ended up escaping from his master later in his life when he became a craftsman and moved to New Bedford to live a free man. This ended most of his problems and all his conflicts were put behind him. He wrote this book when he was 27 and focuses on what he has done as a slave and not what he is doing as a free man. That is one part that I feel I missed out on, his life as a free man.
2. List the characters in your book and label them antagonist (The principal character in opposition to the protagonist or hero of a narrative or drama.), protagonist (The main character in a drama or other literary work), confidante (A character in a drama or fiction, such as a trusted friend or servant, who serves as a device for revealing the inner thoughts or intentions of a main character), developing character, foil, and static (Stationary character).
Frederick Douglas He is the protagonist. He wrote the book and it is mainly about his attainment of freedom through perseverance.
Captain Thomas Auld The Captain can be considered an Antagonist of Frederick, for he was one of the few peole that were actually the overseer and owner of Frederick for any lengthy period of time. He was not really mean to frederick but he apposed Frederick’s learning and feared that if Frederick knew too much he would run away. He opposed Frederick and stopped him from advancing in life.
Mr. Hugh The captain’s brother, Mr. Hugh was Frederick’s master for a period of time he prohibited Frederick from becoming a true tradesman and being free when he was no longer needed. He stopped Frederick from fulfilling his dream for a while.
3. Characterize your main character. A minimum of five characteristics and prove by quoting from the book (page numbers included).
Frederick Douglas had determination, for a while he was willing to take any punishment the overseers would give him, then he changed and would not deal with anyone hitting him anymore, he was not only strong physically but also mentally. As a child after being abused for so long he gained determination. He said on page 33, “from that moment, I understood the pathway from slavery to freedom. It was just what I wanted…” from this point on if he commits himself to anything he does it. He first would deal with any punishment the overseers would give him, he allowed his overseers to literally brake him in. He said on page 64, “Mr. Covey had succeeded in breaking me.” He had finally given up but not for long, he soon after decided he was not going to deal with others hitting him, so when confronted by Mr. Covey he decided to fight back once and for all. After that fight Mr. Covey left him alone, Frederick stated this on Page 65, “The whole six months afterwards, that I spent with Mr. Covey, he never laid the weight of a finger upon me in anger “ He had stood his ground and had won. He was a
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Slavery in the United States, American slaves, Slave narratives, Frederick, Maryland, Monocacy River, Washington metropolitan area, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Edward Covey
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