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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Douglass uses multiple themes that run through either part of or the whole book. An example of this is the hunger that he experiences. Choose one or more of the themes that Douglass uses and write about them.

Essay Topic 2

The slave masters tears down and strips the slaves of their personalities. How is this process accomplished by the slave masters? Is this an effective method of controlling the slaves? Why or Why not?

Essay Topic 3

Douglass uses symbolism throughout his book. Define symbolism and discuss three examples of its use by Douglass.

Essay Topic 4

Douglass uses irony throughout his book. Define irony and then discuss three examples of irony that Douglass uses. Why does Douglass use irony in describing his experiences as a slave?

Essay Topic 5

Douglass makes it clear that he thinks slaveholders use their faith as a means to justify slavery. Give three...

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