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Literary Analysis

  • Submitted by: Edugger
  • on September 19, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 350 words

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In the essay “How I Learned to Read and Write” by Frederick Douglass, he proves his ability in the historically defining essay, and helps the reader realize not only the intrinsic aversion and cruelty in slavery, but also the gradual learning process that he surrounded himself in.   The fact that he was able to defeat slavery in an inspiring accomplishment, but only when Douglass illustrates what he has absorbed through such literary tools does the reader grasp the genuine achievement in Douglass’s story.   This victory is one that permits him to voice his way of thinking in writing.   Douglass has become an enduring example of the power and rewards contained within.  
It becomes abundantly clear that Douglass’ essay is a nonfiction piece focused more on personal experiences as the primary nonfiction form of writing.   An example of the personal experience form is used in most of the body of Douglass‘essay, especially this sentence- “I was now about twelve years old, and the thought of being ~a slave for life~ began to bear heavily upon my heart. Just about this time, I got hold of a book entitled The Columbian Orator. Every opportunity I got, I used to read this book.” (Douglass 89.) For me, Douglass immediately establishes a link, which gives me an astonishing need to cheer him on to become the man he wants to become.
Douglass describes the various teachers that helped him in becoming knowledgeable during the time of slavery. The essay is rich with well-executed and vigorous literary tools that serve to both express the struggle he underwent in learning to read and write, as well as to further prove Douglass's renowned accomplishments and ability against seemingly unbeatable odds. It is a very personal experience of a disturbing time in his life, but it also correctly represents Douglass as an efficient writer with profoundly well-spoken thoughts. Through the use of irony, pretentious, and intelligent metaphors, Frederick Douglass exhibits his ability to...

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