Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is the amazing autobiography of a self-educated American slave who managed to escape and then become a major force in the Abolitionist movement before the Civil War!
Themes: education; slavery; courage; self-discovery
1- Consider the effect of slavery on everyone involved. What happens to everyone involved when natural law and rights are broken? How can we prevent that? What is governments role? What is society’s role?
2- He knew that slavery could not hold him. What cannot hold you? What vice or trouble can you use faith and hard work to overcome?
3- “I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than be false, and incur my own abhorrence.” How did he come to this truth? How was he true to himself? What do you need to do in order to be more true to yourself?