Douglass states, “At this moment, I saw more clearly than ever the brutalizing effects of slavery upon both slave and slave holder.” does doing harm to another harm the wrong doer as well? How are we affected when we choose to mistreat someone else?
Douglass states, ” I would at times feel that learning to read had been a curse rather than a blessing. It had given me a view of my wretched condition, without the remedy. It opened my eyes to the horrible pit, but to no ladder upon which to get out.”
Recall a time your eyes were open after learning/discovering new information. How did things change? What did you do differently?
According to Douglass and Mr. Auld, keeping slaves illiterate allowed the slave holders to keep them enslaved. Frederick Douglass once said, “There can be no freedom without education.” How would your life be different if you did not have education?
Douglass contrasted his childhood on Colonel Lloyd’s plantation with this arrival in Baltimore with the Auld’s. When good things happen to people is it because they deserve it or is it chance…or does luck play a role? Does God decide who to “bless” with certain good things?
Chapter 4: How does dehumanization render a person powerless?
Chapter 3: Colonel Lloyd’s treatment of his horses compared to his slaves was ironic to say the least. What are the effects of some people having great riches, while other live in extreme poverty?
Chapter 2: Douglass suggests that the slaves sing out of sorrow rather than out of joy. What tools do human beings use to transcend difficulties? When you have difficulties, what things do you do to overcome them?
Chapter 1- How important is family history in shaping a person’s identity? How does your family history effect your identity.