Douglass was just like any other ordinary slave with dreams and wishes for freedom and a better life. However, he was different from them in that he dared follow his dream instead of being content with his lot in life.

He realized the importance of having an education and despite the fact that it was near impossible for blacks to be educated in those days; he used whatever means he had at his disposal to achieve his dream of knowing how to read and write. This opened his mind up and made him detest the life he was leading, thus giving him a desire to be free.

He says, ‘The silver triumph of freedom roused in my soul eternal wakefulness’ (87). Knowledge opened his eyes to the reality of the world and enabled him to seek a better life.

His determination worked to ensure that he achieved success in all he did, and because of the efforts, he put into the emancipation and abolition of slavery, we now laud him as one of the greatest men of his time, and one who helped in the abolition of slavery in the United States.

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