Meaning of the quote from Frederick Douglass

The quote “I now resolved that, however long I might remain a slave in form, the day had passed forever when I could be a slave in fact.” means that even though other people consider him a slave, because of his legal status and identity of a slave, he doesn’t consider himself a slave, because he gained reward for his labor unlike how slaves work for no reward. There is a difference in “a slave in form” versus “a slave in fact”. A slave in form mean that other people see you as a slave, the official papers say you’re a slave, and you yourself believe you are not a slave. But a slave in fact mean that you believe that you are a slave  and you accept how people treat you because that is what is expected of a slave.


Similarities between Douglass and Emerson

Frederick Douglass and Emerson are similar because the both of them seek to become an individual.   Douglass believes that with education, slaves will know their rights and get a better life. Emerson tells people to not become bookworms and break off society’s control to think for oneself. Both of these men want to be individual and break out of the mold society wants them to be. The both of them want to change their lives by being able to think for themselves and not just trust the word of others.

Quote from The American Scholar relating to The Leaves of Grass

“Man is not a farmer, or a professor, or an engineer, but he is all. Man is priest, and scholar, and statesman, and producer, and soldier.”

This relates to The Leaves of Grass. It talks about how man is not just one thing. This is similar to the narrator of The Leaves of Grass and how it does not have one form. It could be a man or woman, in different shapes and sizes. It also talks about how everything is part of one.


Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hyponotism by Georgia Byng

Summary: Molly is an orphan living in an orphanage with horrible caretakers. One day, she finds a book about hypnotism in the library. She leaves the orphanage and becomes a famous actor by hypnotizing everyone. Trouble follows her to the big city and she has to fight for the people she cares for against a villain.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

summary: This book is about a group of farm animals who didn’t want to work for humans anymore and decided to start a rebellion. The  farm animals succeeded in taking over the farm. But after living in the farm for a while, some of the animals start acting more and more like humans. In the end, the animals ended destroying each other because of their disagreements about how they should act.

In Animal Farm, nature transforms the animals from their natural instinctive and pure nature. The animals began as simple animals on the farm. After some animals voluntarily use human items, their pure nature gets corrupted. In the end, they totally become like the humans they rebelled against in the beginning.