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The Powerful Slave Frederick Douglass account of his days as a slave Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass shows a clear contrast between the slaveholders treatment of slaves as property and the many slaves who fought against and refused objectification Throughout his book Douglass shows clear examples of the dehumanizing nature of slave treatment by slaveholders He tells many stories of slaves being beaten and humiliated so that they would be made to feel less than human However the slaveholders did not succeed in dehumanizing all slaves and Douglass makes it a point to tell the stories of those slaves who fought against objectification and risked their lives to do so But perhaps the biggest example of a slaves affirmation that he too was a human being was Douglass own story of noncompliance which ultimately led to his escape from the brutal grip of slavery And so Douglasss narrative is clear proof that not all slaves were powerless and resigned to their objectification Throughout his narrative Douglass gives many examples of the slaveholders means of treating their slaves like objects and making them feel powerless He tells of the many unwarranted beating and whippings that he witnessed being inflicted on slaves simply for the purpose of humiliation However Douglass also describes many incidents in which the slaves refused to be objectified refused unnecessary punishment and risked their lives to affirm that they were not simply property or objects but human beings One such example comes when Douglass tells the story of a slave named Demby who refused orders and the tragic consequence that brought about After being severely whipped by his overseer Mr Gore Demby jumps into a creek to alleviate his pain and refuses to come out after being ordered to do so With harsh clarity Douglass details what happened next Mr Gore thenraised his musket to his face taking deadly aim at his standing victim and in an instant poor Demby
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