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September 3, 1838 marks the first day of freedom for Frederick Douglass. On this first day from the "wretchedness" of slavery, Douglass felt the "blessedness of freedom." However, he soon finds that his free life will not always be blessed. Through figures of speech and syntax, Douglass conveys both a blessed and excited state of mind and an insecure and lonely state of mind.
When questioned about his feelings upon becoming free, Douglass's response was that he was in a "moment of the highest excitement [he] ever experienced." The sentences that describe this state of mind are clear and simple. He stated his feelings easily by beginning sentences with "I have." The simple sentences help to convey a positive, happy state of mind. He writes these with few commas or dashes, which shows how sure he was about his positive state of mind. Figures of speech also play a factor in developing this state of mind. When Douglass escaped slavery, he describes his feelings with similes. He likened himself to an "unarmed mariner" who was rescued by a "friendly
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