Samantha GustafsonFebruary 21,2005MW 9:15Reading Response #2Frederick Douglass’ narrative of his life as a slave tells us a lot about what slavery was like for the slave as well as the slaveholder. He shows particularly that slavery dehumanizes both parties. He tells of the animal-like dehumanization in the first chapter when he speaks of his mother; “It is a custom, in the part of Maryland from which I ran away, to part children from their mothers at a very early age…For what this separation is done, I do not know, unless it be to hinder the development of the child’s affection towards its mother, and to blunt and destroy the natural affection of the mother for the child” (340). This ‘custom’ that he speaks of takes away the natural instinct of any human being to be affectionate and attached to the maternal figure. The owners are treating the slaves as if they are animals and have no emotions. Another
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