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Douglass Portrayal of Women in Slavery in His Narrative Frederick Douglass portrays the black and white women in The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass at two opposite extremes in his innovative way of using the literary device of contrast to make his views clear and distinct to his readers On one hand there were the black female slaves who were beaten more severely and more frequently than the male slaves And on the other hand there were the white female slave owners who seemed to execute the most malicious of the beatings I trust he did this to further represent the misinterpretation of the role and the position of women in the system of slavery Douglass continuously displayed black women in his narrative as being the most frequently and viciously beaten of all the slaves For instance Douglass used graphic image creating words to describe Hamiltons slaves Henrietta and Mary as mangled and emaciated creatures In particular he mentioned Marys head being nearly covered with festering sores and that the head neck and shoulders of Mary were literally cut to piecesp276 To further add to the horror of these whippings he pointed out that Mary was only fourteen years old Also when Douglass vividly explained his wifes fifteen-year-old cousins murder he created a disturbing mental picture for the readers Many of the immoral beatings such as her cousins and Marys in his narrative have been to the black females I believe that this contrasting technique is quite effective in the sense that women are usually categorized as being frail and delicate and yet in his narrative the women are the ones who receive the most gruesome treatment Douglass depicts the white women in his narrative as being the most cruel and inhumane monsters in society The way in which he describes their brutality as being due to the fatal poison of irresponsible powerp274 is best said in the section when he
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