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Frederick Douglass Struggle of Slavery

In the 1800s', many children were raised on the fact that slavery was common and fair, and the people knew that there was no way for them to go against it bceuase it would be going against the chuch as well as the idea. So, Frederick Douglass wrote a narrative so people who do not understand the hardships of slavery understand what they had to go through and how they were treated. Frederick Douglass wanted to convey slavery and his story as best as he could, at the intetion of others and later generations comprehend what they had to go through and why it stopped. He wanted to show people how horrifying slavery was so people could come together and help him show that they deserve equal rights, and he got there. Douglass uses rehotical devices to assist him showing the unfairness of slavery so more people with feel condemned to disagree with it and rebel. He also uses them to help him in show just how poorly they were behaved to, these devices help the reader to grasp how poorly slaves were treated.
In the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass uses many ways to express how the slaves were treated and the truth about slavery. In his narrative he uses lots of pathos to persuade the audience to feel sympathy towards the slaves for how they were treated. He starts to explain how poorly they were treated and how he was "[savagely kicked] in the side…" and how "Mr. Covey took up the hickory slat with which Hughes had been striking off the half-bushel measure, and with it gave [him] a heavy blow upon the head, making a large wound" (Douglass 565). Douglass went this far as to explaining how extravagant and gory things their masters did to them to show why slavery is not okay. To someone who was taught their whole life that slavery was normal and acceptable this may be very eye opening for them, which was Douglass' main goal. Not only did he express pathos through how they were treated but also how far the masters of the slaves would go. Many times slaves were put in situations where they thought that "[Their master] would surely kill [them]" and how normally people thought that "[Their master] was a good man and he could not think of their owners doing such a thing"(Douglass 566). Many slaves were under the impression and scared every day for their life, even though they were put under that much stress most owners were thought to be good people no matter how they treated their slaves. These descriptions of how scared their owners made them makes the reader feel condolences for the slaves. In Frederick Douglass' narrative he conveys how slaves were treated through pathos so his audience could understand how the slaves were actually treated.
In Douglass' narrative he also uses parallelism to express how significant the harm was to the slaves and how scarring the damage was. It also explains the type of harsh circumstances they had to work in and what would happen to them if they didn't work through these conditions. The conditions they had to go through and work through were extravagant. Slaves were required to "Work in all weathers" and "It was never too hot or too cold; it could never rain, blow, hail or snow too hard for [them] to work in the field" (Douglass 564). Douglass uses this to exaggerate the ambiance and the atmosphere that the slaves have to work regardless of how bad they are. Slaves are put through miserable state of affairs and Douglass wanted to express this by parallelism of the types of weather they have to labor through. Not only did they have to slog through incredible weather factors, but they also have to toil through extravagant times. For the slaves "The longests days were too short for [them],and the shortest nights too long for [them]"(Douglass 564). Slaves were clearly just put through too much that they could handle, Douglass represented how indescribably horrific slaves were treated through this. Enslaved people had to work through anything and everything no matter what or they were pout at the risk of getting whipped to death or getting hurt so bad that they can barely move. Douglass uses parallelism to represent the hardships that slaves had to endure and the pain they had to deal with.
Douglass uses many types of figurative language and rhetorical devices to help his audience understand how badly enslaved people were treated. He wanted to express this and allow people to comprehend how poorly slaves were treated so that way people would feel obligated to take a stand against slavery because they finally understood what slaves actually went through. Douglass used pathos to make the reader feel sympathy for the slaves and he used parallelism to emphasize the happenings of slavery and the wrong doings of the slave owners. In Frederick Douglass' narrative he fully expressed his goal of conveying the distress slaves were put under to his audience and help them understand. In conclusion, he started a very important movement which aided them in their abolishment of slavery and the creation of equal rights.
I decided to visit the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art for my assessment on a piece of art. There were two exhibits that were taking place while I was walking through the museum. As I walked through the first exhibit titled, Timeline, I saw a variety of compelling pieces of art. One that immediately caught my eye was a piece titled, Benches. This piece was painted by Dennis Campay in 2017, and it is a mixed media on wood piece. Mixed media means that the artist mixes up the methods and media to produce new objects. There was additional information provided on Dennis Campay and it stated, "Campay states: I am a Figurative Abstractionist, one who creates feelings with the help of environments and elements or ‘things' that we encounter in everyday life. More importantly, I am a Post-Modernist: I believe that ultimately, meaning is created by the viewer."
There were a couple of reasons why I chose this particular piece of work to study and write about. The first reason is that the painting looked like it was done in a place outside of the United States. This sparked my interest because I love to travel and explore new places. Benches contained many different elements so I was able to find new things in the piece the longer I looked at it. Another reason why I chose this piece of work was that Campay explained in the note next to the painting that, "meaning is created by the viewer." In the simplest terms, whatever you thought about the painting was allowed, and it made the piece of art stand out to me because I had an array of thoughts and opinions about the creation and purpose of the piece.
Upon first glance at this painting, there were many things that made Benches stand out to me. Looking at the painting as a whole, I first noticed the buildings because of the varying thicknesses and shapes of the lines, giving the piece a more structured look. The trees looked like they were painted in a very rushed way, with the brushstrokes moving in multiple directions. Gesture lines were used in this piece since the lines are very hurried and sketchy. Throughout the painting, there are pencil marks that are drawn on buildings that are visible up close. This is mark-making that Campay developed when he attended the Atlanta College of Art. Campay will sketch over his paintings in pencil and it is a style that people refer to as Campay.
The texture of the painting was something that captivated my attention due to the fact that the texture gave off a rough impression. The painting has an almost rustic feel to it and I really liked this because it made the piece seem older than it actually was. The colors used in this painting also stood out, the browns, tan, and more neutral colors seem to emphasize the two red swatches placed in the middle left, and upper right corners. This painting has an asymmetrical balance because the visual weight is uneven. The benches are not proportionate to the buildings, giving an uneven balance to the painting.
There are symbols in this painting that I had to think a little bit more about to understand. In the painting, we can see two telephones on the benches. The benches are interpreted as places where people sit but never talk, so telephones are used to symbolize communication. It is a little ironic given that telephones are put on the benches because in our society people communicate more by text and various social media networks. Given that Campay is a Post-structuralist, he believes that there are multiple meanings to artwork, which the viewer can interpret as they would like. While viewing this painting I had my own interpretation of Benches. I believe that this piece is about being present and in the moment. To not rush through life but instead take the time to sit down, focus on the people around you and have a face-to-face conversation.
I enjoyed being able to visit a museum and write about Benches by Dennis Campay because his artwork was intriguing and made me more interested to learn about other works of art. I like to think I have become more open to accepting certain ideas and pieces of work as art. Art was created to move people, to inspire us, and provoke excitement, curiosity, and wonder.
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