Frederick Learns to read

Frederick Learns to read

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  • When Douglass meets his new mistress, he was surprised because she had a kind heart and a sweet personality like candy. Her face was made of heavenly smiles and a voice of tranquil music. 1
  • Soon after Frederick arrived and the Auld's house, Mrs. Auld was very kind and taught Frederick his A, B, Cs. Then, Mrs. Auld began to teach Frederick small words with three or four letters. When Fredrick read, he felt as free as a bird. 2
  • Why is it unlawful and unsafe for me to read?
  • But when Mr. Auld found out that Frederick was being taught to read, he became hot-headed and forbade Mrs. Auld to teach Frederick anymore. Mr. Auld continued to say that teaching a slave to read was unlawful and unsafe. Mr. Auld explained that reading would make Frederick unhappy. 3
  • Those words that Mr. Auld said sank deep into his heart and stirred up a new train of thought. 4
  • After Mr. Auld left, Mrs. Auld became cold towards Fredrick. Her voice that was once sweet like honey, turned harsh.
  • Fredrick soon discovered that wit gives people power. This power will give people in slavery a pathway to freedom. Frederick decided to set out with high hopes of learning to read to escape to freedom at last. 6
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