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Rhetorical Devices in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs wield control over their audience because of the nature of the autobiography Autobiographical works are biased in that only one point of view is presented and that is the point of view of the protagonist In the case of slave narratives the tales recounted were often regarded with suspicion Slaves were second class citizens as it was and when stories were being printed drawing attention to the atrocities of slavery the lack of another point of view was often utilized as an excuse for what was printed by slave-owners and those aligned with slavery Those pro-slavery would argue that either the slaves word could not be trusted or that an abolitionist movement wrote the slaves life story for him or her The latter was the argument against Harriet Jacobs who was not truly recognized as the author of her own biography until the 1980s The same arguments were brought up against Frederick Douglass whose narrative in 1845 was the first of its kind In his narrative Frederick Douglass told the story of his enslavement from birth to his eventual escape to the North and his freedom Douglass is the sole voice in his piece he does not speak for other characters they have their own dialogue and converse with others but the only proof we have that such events and conversations did occur is the word of Douglass himself and that of his testimonial written by William Lloyd Garrison To combat the attempts of pro-slavery movements at belittling their narratives former slaves like Douglass and Jacobs used rhetorical devices and maneuvers to shape the reactions of their readers In his narrative Douglass repeatedly includes realistic images of brutality at the hands of slave-owners his own self-reliance and that of his fellow slaves romanticism and romantic imagery biblical references and he commonly provides a dichotomy between two objects or
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