A review of a passage from Frederick Douglass’ "Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave" This paper explores a passage contained in the text identified in the title; the passage is found on pages 15-16 of the American Slave and describes Mr. Plummer’s brutal mistreatment of Captain Anthony’s slaves. The following few pages will describe the imagery, the narrative, and the ways in which Douglass conveys the particulars of the incident. Ultimately, the passage is meant to illustrate the barbarity of slave-holding, the inhumanity of Mr. Plummer, the plight of the slaves, and the manner in which slave-holding was really a portal to hell in the next world. The imagery is very stark in the passage: Mr. Plummer comes off as...The end:
.....is awful terribleness; Mr. Plummer comes off as demonic while his victims are portrayed as terrified and blameless sufferers. Beyond that, by invoking the reference to the hell of slavery, Douglass is suggesting that the slave plantation is a hell on earth and that it is overseen by people who are like devils. Finally, his description of his aunt’s terrible suffering is significant because it shows that Mr. Plummer is not simply a disciplinarian but a sadistic disciplinarian: he wants to torment the men and women under his command as much as possible and far beyond what is necessary or even prudent. Overall, the objective is to make slavery appear as badly as possible – and Frederick Douglass succeeds in all of this and should be commended.