From My Bondage and from My Freedom Frederick Douglass My Bondage and My Freedom is an autobiographica­l slave narrative written by Frederick Douglass and published in 1855. This text is a deep meditation on the meaning of slavery, race, and freedom on the power of faith and literacy, as well as a portrait of an individual and a nation a few years before the Civil War. As his narrative unfolds, Frederick Douglass-abolit­ion­ist, journalist, orator and one of the most powerful voices to emerge from the American civil rights movement-transf­orm­s…
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SURVIVAL AS A FEATURE OF AMERICAN PEOPLE DNA
Survival is a feature of all animals in the world, the main purpose of the life. They can develop special characteristics in order to be more adapted to the world, these adaptations are being developed over long periods of time (The Rosen Publishing Group) and the process of change is called evolution.
As part of living beings, humans also have the capacity of adapting themselves to distinctive situations and not only with the environment but also with other people. Over the years, distinctive groups of people who have different thoughts have had to live and survive together, for example Arabs and Jews have responded to the new conditions of living together in Jerusalem (Roman and Weingrod, 3) This examples can be translated to the history of America, as other countries have had many difficulties based on the multiple multiculturalism in the country, but nowadays they have been solved and this country is, without any doubt, one of the most powerful and cosmopolitan countries in the world.
Thanks to the adverse conditions that American people had suffered they have develop the ability or the survival feature of adapting themselves to challenging environments, both mental and physical, and this ability has lead America to be a powerful and strong country.
This statement can be proved by American literature, with books as The Scarlet Letter, Ceremony and The Narrative of Frederick Douglass. In the scarlet letter, it is seen that the main characters must survive from solid religion impositions. In Ceremony, the character attempts to contend with the reality of a mixed cultural landscape in a way that allows Native American culture to persist.
Finally, In The Narrative of Frederick Douglass, it is showed how a man from another race survives from masters and reaches the freedom.
The Scarlett letter tells the story of a young lady called Hester who migrated from England to America in order to discover The New World and to be free of religious impositions that England had being suffering during those decades. Although Hester was married with a recognised doctor, she fell in love with the priest of the village where she lived and get pregnant.
However, religion was above love, ant the puritan society condemned Hester for committing adultery. Since then, Hester needed to adapt herself to a new life where everyone were society insulted and scape from her According to Jon “Hawthorne’s searing example of Hester Prynne embodies what then was society’s use of punishment by Humiliation” She attempted to live her life as a normal person, ignoring insults and humiliations and trying not to speak with the people in the village but she never renounce to love. “From the intense consciousness of being the object of severe and universal observation, the wearer of the scarlet letter was at length relieved, by discerning on the outskirts of the crowd a figure which irresistibly took possession of her thoughts.”1 Although she was ridiculed, she kept having the same thoughts and she never regretted about what she has done, because she thought that the Letter was a proof not of her shame but of the reli.....[read full text]
During his stage living in Auld’s household for about seven years, he was taught how to read and write even thought it was severely forbidden to teach the alphabet to a slave. It was in that moment, when he realised how he could be empowered enough to reach freedom, by knowledge.
He realized that the slaveholders promoted the ignorance on their slaves, so that slaves come to believe that they cannot be independent. White men imposed them the double consciousness which means that the slaves look at themselves through the eyes of a racist white society.
N the other hand, Douglass was focused on the knowledge as his only way to escape from the slave world. “The more I read, the more I was led to abhor and detest my enslavers. I could regard them in no other light than a band of successful robbers, who had left their homes, and gone to Africa, and stolen us from our homes, and in a strange land reduced to slavery."5.