Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Argument 1: Slavery is a bad institution for everyone

Douglass in his narrative shows that slavery does affect not only the slaves but also the slaveholders. The slaveholders have corrupt powers over the slaves, which has a detrimental effect on their moral health. The use of Pathos, in this case, is important in that it raises awareness to the whites about the atrocities faced by the slaves. Douglass evokes pity in the hearts of the slaveholders by describing the first-hand effects of slavery to the slave owners. Atrocities such as rape and adultery perpetrated by slaveholders threaten the unity of the slave owners’ families. A good example of corrupt power is the description of Sophia Auld. Her irresponsible power to hold slaves leads to her transformation from a woman with ideas to a demon that does not care. By using illustration s

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