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In his narrative, Douglass expresses reluctance in disclosing the names of the white boys who helped him learn to read, identifying it as a nearly unforgivable transgression. However, Douglass later grasps the power of literacy through his encounter with one of Sheridan's speeches in "The Columbian Orator," comprehending the importance of education in attaining freedom and self-awareness. This realization prompts Douglass to distinguish between his initial inclination to shield these individuals

In the first paragraph of his narrative, Douglass expresses reluctance to disclose the identities of the white boys who assisted him in learning to read, deeming it a nearly unforgivable transgression


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Question: Answer the following in paragraph form. You must analyze , use evidence, and explain. Make sure to answer all parts of the question. Also make it one paragraph In the first paragraph, Douglass writes that he does not want to reveal the names of the white boys who taught him to read, because "it is an almost unpardonable offense." What personal comment does Douglass add to this statement? What does he later come to realize when he reads one of Sheridan's speeches in "The Columbian Orator" and what distinctions does he make between these ideas?

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In the first paragraph, Frederick Douglass emphasizes that naming the white boys who taught him to read would be an "almost unpardonable offense". This was due to the societal norms of the time, which severely penalized both blacks learning to read and whites teaching them. However, Douglass also adds a personal comment saying, "Learning to read had been a curse rather than a blessing," illustrating the anguish and frustration that educational enlightenment brought unto him. This knowledge had made him more acutely aware of the severity of his enslavement, therefore invoking more pain rather than pleasure. Later, when he reads one of Sheridan's speeches in "The Columbian Orator," he becomes particularly struck by the idea of freedom and human rights. He is able to draw distinctions between his current state of bondage and the world of freedom advocated by Sheridan—a world where people are treated as equals and not discriminated against due to the color of their skin. The newfound understanding stand as a testament to the duality of his education: it both enlightens and torments him. It is enlightening insofar as it broadens his understanding of the world and human rights, yet tormenting as it emphasizes the tragic reality of his condition as a slave.

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March 20, 2024, 9:33 a.m.

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Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2024

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