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

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Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of hunger in Douglass's narrative. How is this theme developed though symbolism? How is it developed through action? What are Douglass's statements about hunger?

Essay Topic 2

How did slave masters go about the process of dominating slaves and maintaining that domination? What are examples specifically of how this process took place? What are the dangers of enslavement today, given our knowledge of slavery's history?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss three examples of symbolism in Douglass's narrative. What does this symbol represent? How do you relate to it? What are its impacts in the narrative?

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? What type of irony is used? What effect does it create?

Essay Topic 5

Discuss the theme of...

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