Douglass’s narrative was an epitome of what was the order of the day during the
slave era. He shows different aspects eliciting white
oppressive mechanism targeting reliable means and power over the slaves. Various issues are eminent in the narrative
that depicts the stances in which the whites had in place to put the slaves
under control and also for purposes of enduring that there was a guaranteed
supremacy on their part. The big
question is whether the slaveholders’ there was different use mechanism that is
considerably oppressive particularly on those who resisted. Therefore is the
suggestion correct that slavery depicts an oppressive system?
it is sufficient to state that there exists reason to suggest that slaveholders
were oppressive in that ways in which they treated their slaves. There are various ways in which slave-holders
had put in place to ensure that there was total control over their slaves. As a
depiction of the first issues in which Frederic Douglas had to undergo in his
early life, there is an indication of a platform in which slaves were
undergoing a taming process. The act of being separated from his mother at a
tender age shows the inhumane nature in which they were exposed (Douglass 2).
Unawareness of age due to lack of paternity is a show of the oppressive life in
which a young child was living. Further, he writes that he was occasionally
witnessing a lot of whipping among other children, and also he was no different
from them (26). The situation is a show of the brutal nature in which slaveholders
mistreated slaves. Other instances which
show the issues of oppression is the fact that the kind of livelihood in which
slaves were living was adamantly low and its demonstration is the place, which
they were living. The issue is confirmed by the act of being mixed in one room
to sleep on damp floors while using miserable beddings (27).
can portend that slaveholders were significant violators of human rights. The
first example is the instance whereby a child aged seven is sent to work (34).
Child labor was dominant during this era. However, there are those who felt
that slaves had some right in the society they were in at that time. The city
was a depiction of a sense of freedom to a slave and getting an opportunity to
work was an indication of almost being at liberty (34). Denial of education was another issue that is
portrayed through an attempt by his master’s wife to teach him. The warnings by
his master to the wife that knowledge will make
the slave unfit to be a slave is an indication of strategized criteria by
the masters to keep slaves under their control (34).
a result, slaves were not happy by the in which their masters were treating
them. It is evident that the taste of education was the key changing fact in
which the slave community had to come across for them to realize their leeway
to freedom and in the enhancement of their determination to be free. In the
narrative, there is the determination by Douglass to get more education even
through giving bread to white children for purposes of getting to learn (34).
Other issues that emanate to have been the main cause of slaves trying to
resist the problematic issues is imminent through the many beatings in which
they had to undergo under the hands of different masters (57). Other problems
include being forced to work and without being given food (56).
this regard, it is justifiable that slaves had to break out of the chains in
which they were hanging. Slaves who were undergoing mistreatment like Douglas
had to fight their way out of their oppression. Their masters would beat them
and would run away but could be recaptured again (57). The only last resort for
many was the use of force to free them. The narrative states a fistfight
between Douglass and one of his many masters where he later was hired out as a
result. Such instances portray how slaves were bolder to fight for their
freedom at all cost (65). Escaping by some of the first slaves was a leeway in
which to bring slavery to an end (107). The issue that came following such
escapes includes the insightful encouragement of fellow slaves to stand for
their rights as free people and by giving them hope of developing themselves (117).
it’s arguable that slaveholders used oppressive methods against slaves. Additionally,
slavery depicts a system full of oppression.