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The narrative of Frederick Douglass illustrates the life of a slave He was not an ordinaryslave Indeed he dreamed of freedom just as all slaves did but there was something aboutFrederick Douglass that made him different He dreamed of an education It was thiseducation that made him to be different It was the knowledge that gave him selfawareness that he was a man just as a white man was It gave him the will to run awayand live on his own He no longer wanted to subject himself to the punishment of theoverseer This knowledge brought him the strength to stand up to those who thoughtthemselves superior to him It changed his personality and the notion of his own self Inthis paper I will discuss the changing self image the personality the instances that reflectthese changes and the point of the autobiography of Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglasss notion of self in the novel revolve around the life that helived If it werent for certain aspects of his life he wouldnt have thought about himselfas he did Slavery scarred him just as other slaves He was treated as property so he felthimself as property In him lied no burning desire for something better at an early age Henever fought or protested He merely went along with his work hoping that he would notbe subjected to the overseers whip His notion of self at this time as I said was that of anormal slave - property All he knew was the slave world He did not even know the loveof a true family He quotes I never saw my mother to know her
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