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Escape me Slavery In this passage Fredrick Duouglass recounts his emotions on escaping slavery and arriving in New York in 1838 by his extraordinary use of rhetorical devices This passage gives the reader a brief history of the life of a slave living in the days when slavery was not outlawed but instead looked upon as a sign of wealth In many passages the author tends to give a 1 sentence synopsis of the proceeding work of prose in this case Douglass doesnt demur from this by stating the wretchedness of slavery and the blessedness of freedom were perpetually before me In this one sentence the reader can infer the gist of the passage being about the characters bad experiences with slavery and his exuberant joy of becoming free Douglass is writing in the first person as though he really was the slave in the 1800s which adds to the passages drama Out of the many elements of style used in this passage one of the more evident and plentiful that can be found is parallelism Throughout the passage Douglass uses parallelism to stress his sentences in one instance the author recollects when he moved to New York and does not care to give the reader an explanation of his journey to become free How I did so-what means I adopted-what direction I traveled and by what mode of conveyance-I must leave unexplained Another instance of parallelism contains a structure that combines several different parallel clauses without home or friends-without money or credit-wanting shelter and no one to give it-wanting bread and no money to buy it-and at the same time let him feel that his pursued by merciless men-hunters and in total darkness as to what to do where to go or where to stay-perfectly helpless both as to the means of defense and means of escape in this extremely lengthy sentence Douglass is comparing the slave to every white man an enemy
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