“The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave,” is not just about slavery. The autobiographic narrative takes on a bigger picture on how society and the world is viewed from the lower class. In society today, there is obviously no slavery, but there is still an imbalance of power in society and in the workforce. Frederick Douglass shows in his narrative how one needs to persevere and overcome challenges in order to achieve a goal. For Frederick, he took advantage of whatever opportunities given to him in order to pursue freedom. In that aspect, I, myself, believe that I need to take advantage of all the opportunities placed in my life to achieve/accomplish my dream of whether finding an amazing job opportunity for a big corporation or whether having an amazing family in the near future.
In the narrative, Frederick Douglass was taught by a mistress, who kindly instructed him and treated him as a human being would treat another. Luckily, Frederick was placed with such a warm-hearted woman that taught him the alphabet; he eventually learned how to read, and he was educationally better off than the poor white children. In connection, I feel as though I need to take the opportunity in school/college. There are professors that are willing to sacrifice their time for students to give in-depth information about a particular subject/field or give advice on what will be asked upon us in the near future. “Every opportunity I got, I used to read this book. Among much of other interesting matter, I found in it a dialogue between a master and his slave (Douglass, 253). Frederick Douglass took every opportunity to read a book when the odds were against him to do so; if he was caught, Douglass would have been in danger… In connection, I feel as though I need to take every opportunity in difficult situations because I believe putting one’s self in a grind, where the odds might be stacked against him or her, will bring out the strongest/best version of himself or herself. In other words, if you are given an opportunity to interview for a major firm and must compete against Ivy League graduates, you should do the best that you can possibly do whether or whether not you are hired for the position. One should analyze and assess himself or herself on what area of improvement is needed and determine his or her strengths and weaknesses. This can also be an experience of a lifetime because I may inform the next generation moving forward to take full advantage of any given opportunity whether or whether not it may be the most challenging of circumstances. In relation, Frederick Douglass took full advantage of reading and grasping all life lessons in hopes of setting himself an example to individuals in the future that life can be difficult, but one can persevere even if the odds are stacked against him or her.
“In the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave,” it is tremendously courageous of Frederick Douglass to take every advantage of the opportunity to read and educate himself during the time of slavery in order to pursue freedom. I need to believe in myself and persevere through obstacles, as well. My task is to take advantage of all the opportunities placed in my life to achieve/accomplish my dream of whether to find an amazing job opportunity for a big corporation or whether to have an amazing family in the near future.