1. The episode in Chapter VI, beginning with “Very soon after I went to live with Mr. and Mrs. Auld . . . .” (p. 1022) is one of the most powerful in the book. In this episode, Douglass experiences an epiphany (an illuminating discovery – a revealing scene or moment). He describes how he discovered the “pathway from slavery to freedom.” Comment upon the following quote from Douglass:
It was a new and special revelation, explaining dark and mysterious things, with which my youthful understanding had struggled, but struggled in vain. I now understood what had been to me a most perplexing difficulty — to wit, the white man’s power to enslave the black man. It was a grand achievement, and I prized it highly. From that moment, I understood the pathway from slavery to freedom.
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What did Frederick Douglass learn in this moment? What has enabled the white man to enslave the black man. What is the “pathway from slavery to freedom”? What does young Douglass determine to do?