Comparative of Two Narratives: Frederick Douglas


When looking at both passages by Frederick Douglas it gives vivid details of his ordeal with his master at the time Covey. However, you can see from a difference within the passage that was in “The Narrative in the Life…..” and “My Bondage and My Freedom”. The incident in Frederick Douglas’s first autobiography gives a detailed description of the fight between himself and Covey that changed his mind set for the rest of his life. This passage seems to come off as more emotional aspect of his life. He gives a descriptive detail of this two hour ordeal and in his first autobiography as if he is reliving throughout the time he is writing it. However, in “My Bondage and My Freedom” it seems to be more of an analytic approach as he is explaining it to his readers.
The passages are identical in its content; however in the second autobiography you can see a big change in his portrayal. He shows the maturity of his mind and how the attack upon his life as a slave, gave him the drive to accomplish everything he does in his later adulthood. He gives us a deep look into his mind as he felt the change of his attitude and his strength. He declares that he is MAN! He tells the reader that at this moment he knew his full potential at this moment and his only title in life would not be a slave. The difference between the two passages of this fight is that in “My Bondage and My Freedom” is the analytic of who he was and yet who is was trying to become. In “My Bondage and My Freedom” gives the reader a more mature aspect of Douglas after enduring the torture of Covey. The content of each chapter show the purpose of Frederick Douglas doing the work he does for getting rid of slavery and fighting for others. In his first narrative he describes a life of someone who seemed angry and lived in torture. However, in his second book he seems for in tune with his life and wasn’t angry anymore. He gives a more collective thought and understanding of his life.
Through his second autobiography he gives his the reasons for his ambitions in detail. He gives his reason for escaping and the determination of leaving for better pastures. He wanted to give his readers an inside look into his mind after living through an ordeal and becoming an abolitionist during such a radical time. In “My Bondage and My Freedom” you don’t see a slave who has escaped, but a man who can now look back upon his life and realize his struggles are something that will never leave his mind, but they no longer haunt him. Frederick Douglas gives his readers a very detailed expression of this event in his life in both autobiographies. However, in “ My Bondage and My Freedom” Douglas owns his stance in his personal battle of slavery and takes charge of his life as a FREE MAN!!

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