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Frederick Douglasss Narrative In Frederick Douglasss Narrative Douglas himself narrates the novel using story telling to bring both the reader into the story and the theme into focus Through his narration Douglass also uses narrative strategies like anecdotes and plot twists Even with it being a true story Douglass brings the readers attention to a peak with these techniques making the story interesting and appealing The most influential technique used by Douglass is story telling He uses little stories or stories-within-a-story to make the reader pay attention With descriptive tales of the plantations he worked on the beatings and torture of slaves and learning to read and write he not only gets the attention of the readers but he gets them to understand his point of view For example at the beginning of the narrative Douglass tells a story of his aunt being beating I have often been awakened at the dawn of day by the most heart-rendering shrieks of an own aunt of mine 3 He goes on and gets even more graphic and descriptive The louder she screamed the harder he whipped and where the blood ran fastest there he whipped longest 4 Also early in the novel Douglass writes of the plantation he grew up on There were no beds given the slaves unless one coarse blanket be considered such 6 Soon after being sold to Mr and Mrs Auld he was taught the alphabet He uses this experience to show to his audience that he is very literate despite his masters wishes If you teach that nigger how to read there would be no keeping him 20 So this story shows some more cruelty from his master Just for reading he would be sold which shows unfair treatment to the reader Another similar technique used by Douglass very effectively is anecdotes He uses anecdotes throughout the story to bring a humorous or interesting little side story into the readers minds
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