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Frederick Douglass Feelings About His Mistress

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Fantazshia Williams
English 119
April 11, 2013

Frederick Douglass Experience

Douglass shows in his writing that he truly does care for his mistress, but is upset with her. Frederick really does care about her, but upset because he is turning into a monster. First, he talks about her in a good way; also he describes how she treats him like a human at first; finally his mistress becomes violent and a monster, which made him more determined to read.

First, Douglass talks about his mistress in a good way. In the beginning of his writing he says she is a kind tender-hearted woman. He says she was a pious, warm, and tender-hearted woman. Frederick explained how that was true. He said she had bread for the hungry, clothes for the naked, and comfort for every mourner that came within her reach.

He his explaining how she was a good person. When she had bread for the hungry it’s simply implying that she is willing to feed the hungry. When she has clothes for the naked she gives clothes to those who do not have nice clothes or to those without them at all. Comfort for every mourner I took it as she was able to tell make someone feel good after they lost a loved one or getting through tough times. She will comfort them to let them know that everything will eventually get better.

Next, he describes how she treated him like a human a human being at first. Although Frederick was a slave she did not treat him like one. She did not shut him up in mental darkness. He was treated as a regular person. “She did not seem to perceive that I sustained to her the relation of a mere chattel, and for her to treat me as a human being was not only wrong, but dangerously so”, says Douglass. That means she did not care at first that it was wrong to treat a slave as an equal, or that it was very dangerous doing so.

Finally, he describes how she became more violent in her opposition than...