1) Based on his narrative it seems as though the final straw was late payment of his wages to Master Hugh, which caused him to lose his freedom of seeking work for wages. I do believe all the injustices Douglass experienced as a slave were well contributing factors to him escaping, it just seems as if money is what eventually sent him over the edge, causing him to risk his life to escape the inhumane conditions he had experienced up until that point. Does this make sense?
2) Truth states, â?? I could work as much and eat as much as a man-when I could get it-and bear the lash as well!â? What do you think she means by this? Is she directly challenging the notion of a womanâ??s natural inferiority through expressing her back -breaking work as a slave and ability to survive the torture of being held in bondage?
3) I'm looking for another opinion as to what is the main point Truth is trying to make in this speech?
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1. Although your points make sense and are well justified, I see a different catalyst to launch the escape plan. For example, I think it goes back to Frederick's battle with Mr. Covey since he actually labels it as "the turning-point in my career as a slave" (p. 82)? Because Frederick sees how many slaves remain imprisoned not just by their owners and masters but also by their own selves as he articulates how many slaves would "rather bear those ills we had, than fly to others, that we knew not of " (p. 93), I also feel that he wants to break from this victimization.
I also see such symbolism in the ships since they are symbols ...
Frederick Douglass' Narrative is briefly compared to Truth's speech in terms of theme, style, diction, etc.