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Fredrick Douglass essay Escaping from slavery in 1838 had to be a treacherous experience escaping slavery at any time would be Most slaves couldnt read or write but one slave Fredrick Douglass broke that barrier and many more In this particular writing he uses a wide-open state of mind to clearly get his thoughts across He does this by using a wide variety of diction along with sentence fluency An example can be seen in every sentence of every paragraph I saw in every white man an enemy and in almost every colored man cause for distrust It was a most painful situation and to understand it one must needs experience it or imagine himself in similar circumstances His narrative point of view about slavery or rather first person experience on slavery is expressed throughout as he explains slavery as being both life and death How someone can write with such strong emotion is beyond me but Douglass does more than that He captures and captivates the reader into thinking about and imagining his experiences Through the use of concrete language Fredrick Douglass relates his readers to the life of a slave while at the same time explaining how one could never understand unless he experiences the hardships of slavery on his own Fredrick Douglass has such a talent at pulling his readers into the writing and making them envision what is happening that anyone could fall in love with his writing An example can be found in There I was in the midst of thousands and yet a perfect stranger Another common figure of speech found many times within the passage is the use of metaphors Some are seen inI felt like one who had escaped a den of hungry lions being seized upon by his fellow-man as the hideous crocodile seizes upon his prey and among fellow-men yet feeling as if in the midst of wild beasts By using such metaphors
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