Rhetorical Mode: Narration
1. Douglass had to quietly obtain items to read and pay kids with bread for them to teach him how to read. He took his master’s copybook and copied by hand his words exactly. He also used Webster’s spelling book to copy letters. He was forced to use these means of learning because his master and mistress did not allow him to become educated. 2. Slavery was dangerous for the mistress of the house because, at first, she attempted to have relations similar to friendship with Douglass. She then realized that a slavemaster/mistress relationship was expected to be distant but firm. Once she realized this, the mistress became an angry, bitter woman who was harsh with Douglass. She was no longer the, “pious, warm, tenderhearted woman,” that she had been prior to slave ownership.
3. The main purpose of Douglass’ narrative is to explain his struggles associated becoming an educated man while simultaneously being held in slavery. No, you cannot directly point to his thesis statement, it is held within the work as a whole. 4. The mistress’, “tender heart became stone,” after she stopped teaching Douglass. He also noticed that after ceasing to educate him she gained a, “tigerlike fierceness.” In order to be taught, he brought bread to white children so that they would teach him, he referred to them as, “hungry little urchins.” Douglass uses metaphors and similes to better describe people and situations.
5. By using formal tone, Douglass successfully conveys to his audience that he not only learned to write, but learned to write well. It also proves that he has become a welleducated man.
6. Douglass skips over the period from entering slavery to when he was about 12 years old and realizing that he might be held captive for all of his life. He does this because everything that happened in that time period was horrific and was not directly about his ...
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