ENG104 Essay #2 - Frederick Douglass’ essay “Learning...

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Frederick Douglass’ essay “Learning to Read and Write” is an inspiring tale about a subject of oppression that tries to escape the newfound realities of his situation. He was a house slave, which back then was considered better than being a field slave due to a small increase of “freedoms” and even a little respect from some owners. Douglass’ masters would not allow him to learn how to read or write mainly for one reason: They did not want him to ever understand the gravity of his situation. His captors, apparently, figured that if he did not know he was a slave, then he would stay compliant. Fortunately for Douglass, he was determined and intent on learning those necessary, but in this case special, human skills. He would take to any books when possible, some of them being sophisticated novels. It was in these novels he learned his position as a slave, which almost torn him apart as he was not able to stand the thought of being a slave after being conscious about it. Whenever his master’s son went to school, with any available chance
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