To say the least, the life of a Frederick Douglass was very difficult; it was comprised of oppression and cruelty. According to Douglass’s account of life as a slave, one can infer that slavery permanently affected the morale of the slave. Because slavery was so unjust and inhumane, there were no laws that dictated the proper treatment of slaves. For example, “I speak advisedly when I say this,—that killing a slave, or any colored person, in Talbot County, Maryland, is not treated as a crime, either by the courts or the community.”(Gates, p. 21). As a result, slave masters were free to treat their slaves in any manner they chose. Slaves were bound by slave codes that forced them to steal, fornicate, and commit adultery. Although Douglass’s narrative seeks to convey the fact that slave masters kept slaves ignorant by denying them the right to learn to read and write, he elaborately discuss the manner in which slave masters used physical violence as a means of keeping slaves afraid and submissive. Douglass used his narrative to shed light on the awful horrors of slavery and show people that slaves had feelings, were capable of thinking, and were not satisfied with being slaves. Prior to Douglass’s narratives, much of the white population felt that African Americans were content with slavery. Slavery was inherently wrong because its corrupting powers destroyed the mental, emotional, and physical state of being of every slave it encountered through violence, victimization of female slaves, and separation of families.
The summer of millennium dawn is one of those times I cannot forget. It was my 5th birthday and my family decided to give me a surprise gift- a visit to Australia. Having coincided with the dawn of millennium, my family had a reason why we had to spend the summer far from home. I blatantly remember the day of travelling. The anxiety was so much that handling it became a monumental task. Personally, I have never been to Australia leave alone boarding an airplane. I had double reason as to why I was excited going for the trip. In fact, I could not wait for the night to the traveling day end. I remember, clearly, waking up three times, tiptoeing to the window to check if dawn had come. It was a sleepless night that kept me awake fantasizing on how the trip to Australia will be. If there was any minute of eye-closing, then all I did was find myself dreaming being in Australia. This is one trip I could not wait to go.
1.In the essay “The Biggest Nightmare,” Jason, the primary character, experienced a panic attack within a nightmare. Other characters are named but the only other character truly involved in the description is Jason’s mother, who awoke him from his bad dream.