Frederick Douglass: Narrative of the Life

 

Main points:
• Your discussion should be both informative (explaining what the text states in relation to your questions) and evaluative (expressing your opinion of what is given).
• You should refer to specific passages, give specific details, in the course of your discussion.
While you are only required to refer to the selection listed, you are welcome to look at aspects of the author’s background and at the larger social, ethical, and/or religious contexts. (You might want to add information about how the points from Douglass’s Narrative are reflective of the time, etc.)
• Your goal is to show that you have fulfilled in part the course’s purpose: a developed appreciation, interpretation, and evaluation of world literature.
Questions
1. Why can Douglass not reveal the details of his escape to freedom? What does this lack of information reveal about his character and motives in writing?
2. What makes David Ruggles and Nathan Johnson true Christians?
3. How does Douglass contrast the Christianity of Christ with that of the slaveholders?
4. Does any of this material reflect Romantic characteristics? If so, how?

 

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