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Frederick Douglass During the year 1838, slavery was very common. An African American had only wished to witness the blessedness of freedoms, and avoid the wretchedness of slavery. The main rhetorical devices that stood out to me were the use of syntax,and the strong use of metaphors. Through this passage we get a slight glimpse of what slavery is like and what it feels like. When you read the first sentence the first thing I noticed was the use of a periodic sentence, which had the main idea towards the end of the sentence. This gave the reader an emphasis on the idea that was presented. Douglass uses the metaphor "...escaping a den of hungry lions." To give the reader an image of what he was going through, and how thrilling the feeling was to finally escape from slavery and torture. He uses many metaphors in this essay to give the reader something that they can actually relate to. He uses the metaphor "as the hideous crocodile seizes upon his prey." In this case the crocodile is representing the white man and the prey represents the African American person who is going to be enslaved by this hideous crocodile. Douglas later tells us how he is among homes, food, and water, yet none of these things belong to him. So technically he is surrounded by nothing. The reader gets this feeling as he describes the fortune then the misfortune that follows. After reading this passage, the reader has become more familiar with the term "slavery." Because of Douglass’s continuous use of metaphors, which resulted in him wining the hearts of the readers.



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5 Responses so far.

  1. aversion's says:

    Don’t use things like “SO TECHNICALLY” “WHEN YOU” and you used “ME and I” kinda alot

  2. precipitated says:

    During the yeat 1838, slavery was very common. Those of African American decent could only wish to witness freedom and avoid the wretchness of slavery. The main rhetorical devices that stood out to me were the strong uses of metaphors and the use of syntax. Throughout the passages that I read, I got distinct glimpses of what slavery was and what it felt like. These passages gave me as the reader, a realization of the periodic sentence in the very first sentence, what had the main idea towards the end sentence. The idea that was being presented became clearer. Douglas used the metaphor, “…escaping a den of hungry lions.”, to give the read an image of what he was going through. This sentence gave the reader me as a reader a feeling of what he was feeling and how thrilling it was to finally escape his slavery and the torture he endured. Douglass used many meataphors in this essay to give the reader something that they could relate too. He used the metaphor, ” as the hideous crocodile siezes upon his prey.”, to relate to the African American person feelings about being enslaved as they were. Douglas later tells the reader how he is among homes and wate rand yet none of them belong to him, describing how essentially this amounts to him being sorrounded by nothing. This gives the reader the feeling of feeling fortune, without fortune…..he feels misfortune amongst fortune. After reading this passage, the reader has a stronger understanding or familiarity of “slavery”.

  3. balgalvi says:

    Well, by looking at it, there’s alot of mistakes I guess :

  4. keybord says:

    During the year 1838, slavery was very common. An African-American only wished to have the blessing of freedom, and to avoid the wretchedness of slavery. The main devices the author used that stood out to me were the use of syntax,and the strong use of metaphors. Through this passage we get a slight glimpse of what slavery was like and what it felt like.When I read the first sentence, the first thing I noticed was the use of a periodic sentence, in which the main idea was toward the end of the sentence. This puts emphasis on the idea being presented. Douglass uses the metaphor “…escaping a den of hungry lions…” to give the reader an image of what he was going through, and how thrilling it was to finally escape from slavery and torture. He uses many metaphors in this essay to give the reader something that he or she can actually relate to. For instance, he uses the metaphor “…as the hideous crocodile seizes upon his prey”. In this case, the crocodile is representing the “white man” and the prey represents the African-American person whose life is about to be consumed by this hideous crocodile. Douglass later illustrates his connections with materialistic luxuries, yet nothing belongs to him. So, technically, he is surrounded by nothing. The reader gets the feeling of being surrounded by nothingness as Douglass describes great fortune, followed by terrible misfortune.As a result of reading this passage, the reader becomes more familiar with the term “slavery” through of Douglass’ continuous use of metaphors.

  5. ossiform says:

    During the year 1838, slavery was very common. An African American had only wished to witness the blessedness of freedoms and avoid the wretchedness of slavery. The main rhetorical devices that stood out to me were the use of syntax and the strong use of metaphors. Through this passage we get a slight glimpse of what slavery is like and what it feels like.When you read the first sentence, the first thing I noticed was the use of a periodic sentence, which had the main idea towards the end of the sentence. This gave the reader an emphasis on the idea that was presented. Douglass uses the metaphor: “…escaping a den of hungry lions,” to give the reader, an image of what he was going through, and how thrilling the feeling was to finally escape from slavery and torture. He uses many metaphors in this essay to give the reader something that they can actually relate to. He uses the metaphor: “as the hideous crocodile seizes upon his prey.” In this case the crocodile is representing the white man and the prey represents the African American person, who is going to be enslaved by this hideous crocodile. Douglas later tells us how he is among homes, food, and water. Yet none of these things belong to him. So technically, he is surrounded by nothing. The reader gets this feeling as he describes the fortune, then the misfortune that follows.After reading this passage, the reader has become more familiar with the term “slavery.” Because of Douglass’s continuous use of metaphors, which resulted in him wining the hearts of the readers.