He talks about how much his first master liked him as a young boy and he, therefore, gets sent to work for a nice couple in the city. Furthermore, he says that the woman of that house feels the need to show him how to read and write, which was taboo amongst enslaved blacks of that era. He claims that that single act was one of the biggest reasons that he eventually gained his freedom. Through reading, he learned that the fight for freedom was even possible.
Later in the book Douglass talks about being with an overtly cruel master that notices him in a negative light and takes to regularly whipping him. He eventually fights back against him and this becomes the turning point of his life. Frederick succeeds in overcoming this man, one of the toughest around, both physically and mentally, which does a lot for his ego and for his thoughts of individualism.
2. Explain how Douglass maintains objectivity on the one hand, and how he expresses his subjectivity on the other. Explain how successful you think Douglass is in each case.
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All of these techniques as well his use of descriptive language, such as "hunting-ground for slave holders" and "being seized upon by his fellowmen, as the hideous crocodile seizes upon his pray," add to the persuasiveness of this piece. I found this passage to be emotionally compelling because Douglass describes his situation in a way that makes the readers heart ache. It was writing like this that was a true contribution to the abolishment of slavery.