Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave
Some Questions to think about,
-The underlying assumption and philosophy of Douglass’ Narrative is that humans can(and must) create their destiny. Comment on Douglass’ philosophy, citing examples and illustrations.
-In Chapter 2, Douglass expresses his belief that education will set him free. What does he mean by this? Is this an essentially an optimistic view?
-why do you think it was important for owners of enslaved people to keep them ignorant about their birthdays and parentage? Douglass opens his story by telling us that he is troubled by not knowing when he was born. why is this fact so important to him?
-What is Douglass’s perception of the North?
-what are the various ways in which Douglass expresses the horrors of slavery?
-what are some turning points in Douglass’s life? To what extent does his "take-charge" attitude create the turning points?