Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Name 1/9/14—American Literature—Dr. T

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1/9/14—American Literature—Dr. T.
See p. 125 for a short biography of Frederick Douglass.

Ham Job Providence piety sanction

resurrection thirty-nine lashes cross obdurate

impudence lacerated chattel ineffable

emancipation abolitionist brutalizing apostrophe

dissipation hypocrisy

Bible References

--Ham, son of Noah, reputed to have been a black man (other sons: Shem and Japheth)

--Job, a rich and pious man whose story of suffering explores the question of why a good and loving God allows evil in the world (theodicy)

--Providence—another name for heaven

--resurrection: Jesus Christ is believed by Christians to have risen from the dead and ascended into heaven

--thirty-nine lashes: Pontius Pilate gave Christ thirty-nine lashes before he condemned him to be crucified

--cross: Jesus Christ was forced to drag a heavy wooden cross to Calvary, where the cross was used to crucify him.
Bible References / Religious References
4 on mixed race children: “if their increase will do no other good, it will do away the force of the argument that God cursed Ham and therefore American slavery is right.”
14 “The hearing of those wild notes always depressed my spirit, and filled me with ineffable sadness.” Not able to be described
19 “To describe the wealth of Colonel Lloyd would be almost equal to describing the riches of Job.”
33 “regarding this event as a special interposition of divine Providence in my favor” [also 49]
56 “He made the greatest pretentions to piety.” [57 “pious slaveholders”]
57”I have said my master found religious sanction for his cruelty” --justifictaion
57“’He that knoweth his master’s will, and doeth it not, shall be beaten with many stripes.’” The Bible—The Book of Luke 12:47
74 “It was a glorious resurrection, from the tomb of slavery to the heaven of freedom.”
82 “Every minute they spent in that school, they were liable to be taken up, and given thirty-nine lashes.
112 “I was hungry, and he gave me meat; I was thirsty, and he gave me drink; I was a stranger, and he took me in.” The Book of Matthew 25:35 (Jesus Christ taught that taking care of the less fortunate was the same as taking care of him.)
114 “It was a severe cross, and I took it up reluctantly.”
General Vocabulary

14 “and if he is not thus impressed, it will only be because “there is no flesh in his obdurate heart.’” [also 2, 3, 23]--hard

23 “He was one of those who could torture the slightest look, word, or gesture, on the part of the slave into impudence and treat it accordingly. [also 35, 91]--rude
37 “He is a desperate slaveholder, who will shock the humanity of his non-slaveholding neighbors with the cries of his lacerated slave.” [also 57] --cut
39 “I sustained to her the relation of a mere chattel.” --property
42 “the voluntary emancipation of the slave on the part of the master” freedom
43 “Every little while I would hear something about the abolitionists.” [also 109]
48 At this moment, I saw more clearly than ever the brutalizing effects of slavery upon both slave and slaveholder.” [also “brute” 48 and 66]--animal
66 “I would pour out my soul’s complaint, in my rude way, with an apostrophe to the moving multitude of ships.” Rhetorical appeal to an absent person, a dead person, an inanimate object, or an abstraction
77 “Thus, when a slave asks for virtuous freedom, the cunning slaveholder, knowing his ignorance, cheats him with a dose of vicious dissipation, artfully labeled with the name of liberty. The most of us used to drink it down, and the result was just what might be supposed: many of us were led to think that there was little to choose between liberty and slavery.”

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