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Preeti Singh 4/23/02 Benjamin, Douglass and Singh “The Autobiography by Franklin” and the narrative of the “Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave”, are generally composed of a series of life events and encounters with hardship, that eventually brought them both success. Douglass' personal account dramatizes his quest to escape enslavement and to shape an identity for himself outside the caste and strictures of slavery. It also focuses as much on his individual development as an enslaved man who finally becomes free. Franklin depicts that any man can earn prosperity, economic security, and community respect through hard work and honest dealings with others. Franklin and Douglass portray, in part, their rise from poverty to become major figures in American society. Douglass, Franklin and I have many similarities and differences in our lives, and the following discussion recognizes some of them. Determination Both Franklin and Douglass were self-taught and became successful in later years. Franklin was considered to be one of the greatest American minds and a proud pillar of our national heritage. He represented and characterized the “ American dream” . Born to a candle maker, few people would have surmised that Franklin would master so many disciplines. His story proves that with determination and dedication, success is within anyone's grasp. A leading American statesman, inventor, philanthropist, publisher, revolutionary, and thinker, Benjamin Franklin was truly the Enlightened American. Douglass, like Franklin, was also a very determined man. When Douglass was a slave he was taught to initially to read by Mrs. Auld (his owner’s wife). But when her husband found out, he forbade it, and she stopped teaching him. Despite this setback, Douglass had a revelation Term Paper - 1 -
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Preeti Singh 4/23/02 about slavery when he overheard Mr. Auld explain to his wife about why she should not teach him to read. Mr. Auld said that, " if you teach that nigger how to read, there would be no keeping him" and he would " become unmanageable, and of no value to his master." . According to Douglass: "I now understood what had been to me a most perplexing difficulty - to wit, the white man's power to enslave the black man. ... From that moment, I understood the pathway from slavery to freedom." Based on this explanation, Douglass knew that to achieve the results Mr. Auld spoke of, he would have to learn to read. From that moment on Douglass was determined to read. He studied every at every opportunity he got. He learned from the white playmates he met on the street. He carried bread with him to give to the poor hungry ones in exchange for their help. He later learned to write by watching the carpenter's initial shipbuilding timber. He also learned by copying the letters from Webster's Spelling-Book and practiced by using the old writing books of his owner’s son. In a way Douglass too represents the American Dream.
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