I read Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass over the summer. It is a memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and ex-slave, Frederick Douglass. It is generally held to be the most famous of a number of narratives written by former slaves during the same period. The passage I like the most from this book is "Never having enjoyed, to any considerable extent, her soothing presence, her tender and watchful care, I received the tidings of [my mother’s] death with much the same emotions I should have probably felt at the death of a stranger." (4)
Douglass describes how he never experienced a parental relationship. A mothers’ love is supposed to be unconditional yet his was taken from him. He uses the words “soothing” and “tender” to describe a relationship he never felt. It would be discomforting to the reader to imagine if they were forced to part with their own flesh and blood. This passage made me think how important a mother is to a child. Everyone has a mother but we all lose them later in some point of our life. Nobody wants to imagine their own mother dying because it a very painful feeling. Frederick Douglass lost his mother but he didn't even feel anything because he never got a chance to get close to her. She was a stranger to him. He grew up as a slave, therefore he didn't get chance to spend time with his mother. Reading this passage just makes me realize how lucky so many of us are to have a mom.
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