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COMPARE CONTRAST Baldwin and Douglass both used education as a guide to understanding their oppressive disposition in society In the Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave Douglass overcomes many barriers to learn how to read and write In The Discovery of what it means to be American Baldwin goes on a philosophical journey to better understand himself and come to terms with his color The organization in both essays are quite similar both authors present an up-lifting experience and reflect on it Although both Baldwin and Douglass used education the obstacles they overcame to obtain their knowledge were quite different The Discovery of what it means to be American by James Baldwin and The Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass an American slave by Frederick Douglass are similar essays because learning played a key factor in their lives Douglass discovered his quest for knowledge when he learned the alphabet He states of this The first step had been taken Mistress in teaching me the alphabet had given me the inch and no precaution could prevent me from taking the ell p104 Douglass was a slave in a relatively rich slave family and he was thus able to use the abundant amount of bread he had to trade the poor white children for their knowledge He states This bread I used to bestow upon the hungry little urchins who in return would give me that more valuable bread of knowledgep104 Knowledge was so important to Douglass that he gave up his food just to learn more The poor white children took for granted that they went to school while Douglass was prevented from learning because he was a slave Douglass obviously stresses his desire to learn like most humans aspire to do Baldwin also stresses the need for self-enlightenment Baldwin left America because he didnt want to be merely a Negro or Negro writerp46 Baldwin thought that being
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