Douglass describes knowledge as “valuable bread” (p. 83) and the Liberator, an anti-slavery paper, as his “meat and drink” (p. 151). How does literacy sustain him?
Why does Douglass believe “Slavery proved as injurious to [his master’s wife] as it did to [him]” (p. 81)?
Think about Douglass’s private speech to the ships in Chapter X. Why does Douglass recreate this speech in his Narrative? What do the ships represent? Why is this moment important within the Narrative?
Discuss the prejudice that existed among slaves from different plantations. Examine the irony of this prejudice.
Why does Frederick include the anecdotes about the two religious slave holders Mr. Hopkins and Mr. Weeden? What point is he attempting to make?