Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Essay

861 Words Nov 10th, 2015 4 Pages
Personal Reaction to Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is a book that has woken me up from a state I am ashamed to have been in in the first place, especially regarding such a sensitive time in our country’s past: indifference. Collectively, our society today has become desensitized to the heinous atrocity of slavery that those before us fell victim to. As a human being with even the slightest sense of morality, I of course vehemently disapprove of slavery and the values in which it was grounded. However, admittedly, my immediate emotional reaction to the word “slavery” prior to my reading of the book was borderline apathetic because our culture is so far removed from the cruelties that those before us were forced to suffer through. This detachment from the concept of slavery, though capable of being spun as positive, is a double-edged sword. Just as we have detached ourselves from the idea of employing such a disgusting practice ever again, we have just as certainly detached ourselves from the sympathy toward the subject required to understand why. Douglass’s shocking narrative, rife with graphic illustrations of his and his family’s horribly violent mistreatment, has served as a wake-up call to me, and provided me with the knowledge necessary to liberate me from this myopic point of view that had previously dominated my outlook on slavery. Aside from my emotional reaction to the messages Douglass illustrated through…

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