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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

1) What is the significance of master/slave relationship in a slave's sense of identity, as expressed in the first part of Douglass' Narrative? I am looking for specific ideas and examples from the text to help me understand.

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First off, as you assess the significance of master/slave relationship in a slave's sense of identity, as expressed in the first part of Douglass' Narrative, you might note the cruelty and control of the master in Fredrick's case, such as
withholding the date of his birth, rarely seeing his own mother, and other factors that aligned the slave to feel a lack of self worth, it created a huge void in his self identity, a trait also shared by all slaves. By keeping slaves ignorant of basic, vital facts, masters were in total control; thus, slaves lacked any sense of uniqueness, individuality, or overall humanity as in the quote: "By far the larger part of the slaves know as little of their ...

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is assessed in terms of master/slave relationships briefly. Textual evidence is also integrated.

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