Douglass Essay - Pool 1 Ryan Pool Ms. Lee A.P. English 3 10...

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Pool 1 Ryan Pool Ms. Lee A.P. English 3 10 January 2010 Douglass Essay In his autobiographical writing “Narrative of the Life Frederick Douglass,” Frederick Douglass creates an attitude filled with self-pity. Self-pity is defined as a focus on only the negative aspects of one’s situation, with little or no mention of the positive aspects, in order to create a sense of pity for oneself in the mind of an audience. Throughout his writing, Douglass focuses on only the negative aspects of his escape from slavery and entry into a “free” land. He reinforces his attitude of self-pity through the rhetorical devices used in his writing. Douglass’ use of diction throughout his writing helps to enhance the reader’s understanding of his attitude. He says that after his arrival into the free lands he was filled with “insecurity” and “loneliness.” He is free from the “chains” he left, but Douglass continues to focus on the negative aspects of his surroundings. He calls the inhabitants of his new safe haven “legalized kidnappers” and says that he can trust no one. Douglass fails to tell the reader that he
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2012 for the course UGS 302 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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Douglass Essay - Pool 1 Ryan Pool Ms. Lee A.P. English 3 10...

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