The Narrative of Frederick Douglass

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Old Barney and Young Barney Symbol Analysis

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The father-and-son pair of slaves who maintain Colonel Lloyd’s stable represent the unpredictable and unreasonable demands slaveholders make of their slaves. The Barneys are held accountable for everything that displeases the Colonel, and cannot speak up to defend themselves or their conduct.
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Old Barney and Young Barney Symbol Timeline in The Narrative of Frederick Douglass

The timeline below shows where the symbol Old Barney and Young Barney appears in The Narrative of Frederick Douglass. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...also kept a luxurious stable, under the care of a father-and-son team of slaves named Old Barney and Young Barney . Whenever the Colonel notices the slightest problem with his riding equipment, he blames the... (full context)