The Narrative of Frederick Douglass

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The Whipping of Aunt Hester Symbol Analysis

The Whipping of Aunt Hester Symbol Icon
Aunt Hester is Douglass’s aunt and a slave of Captain Anthony’s. She receives a merciless whipping from her master, accompanied by degrading slurs, because she spends time with a male slave. Douglass witnesses this beating at a very young age, and it affects him greatly. The assault was Douglass’s first view of the cruelty of slavery, as well as the irrational jealousy and sexual greed that characterizes male masters’ relations with female slaves.
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The Whipping of Aunt Hester Symbol Timeline in The Narrative of Frederick Douglass

The timeline below shows where the symbol The Whipping of Aunt Hester appears in The Narrative of Frederick Douglass. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Knowledge and Ignorance Theme Icon
The Inexpressibility of Enslavement Theme Icon
...and had a still more barbarous overseer named Plummer. Douglass cannot forget witnessing Anthony brutally whip one of Douglass’s aunts, Hester. Seeing the master draw blood and screams until he is... (full context)
The Self-Destructive Hypocrisy of Christian Slaveholders Theme Icon
Aunt Hester was being whipped by Anthony for spending time with a slave from a nearby plantation, named Ned. Douglass... (full context)