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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