The Narrative of Frederick Douglass


Frederick Douglass

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The Narrative of Frederick Douglass Symbols

Old Barney and Young Barney

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… read analysis of Old Barney and Young Barney

The Columbian Orator

After teaching himself to read, Douglass studies books that deal with oppression. He reads The Columbian Orator, in which a slave presents compelling arguments for emancipation. The book also includes speeches from the Catholic Relief… read analysis of The Columbian Orator


Demby is a slave who is killed by Mr. Gore, one of Colonel Lloyd’s overseers. Demby runs away from the brutal whipping he is receiving from Gore and takes refuge in a stream… read analysis of Demby

The Whipping of Aunt Hester

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… read analysis of The Whipping of Aunt Hester