Martin Luther King Jar. , the Atlanta Compromise Speech by Booker T. Washington, and Frederick Douglass Plymouth County, Mass Speech and his Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas. All the speeches have things in common with Douglass slave narrative making them the pieces of writings that they are yet despite the similarities, specific parts in the three speeches stick out in being different from the slave narrative. The parallels and variances in the 3 speeches and the slave narrative can be seen in the content and ideas, and writing styles.
The Atlanta Compromise Speech, addressed to the President, his board of directors and most importantly the citizens of the time by Washington is alike tit Douglass slave narrative because it appeals to humanity and both demonstrate a hope for freedom but still there are differences such as the peaceful approach Washington takes while the narrative is more violent and the use of symbolism in each. “My hair was all clotted with dust and blood; my shirt was stiff with blood.
My legs and feet were torn in sundry places with briers and thorns, and were also covered with blood” a line from the narrative depicts the terrible conditions were appealing to others humanity to feel bad for him. The line “… In nursing your children, watching by the sick-bed of your others and fathers, and often following them with tear-dimmed eyes to their graves” from the speech also appeals to humanity by making it appear as though African-Americans are no different from the whites and they feel and are kind. Both also show the constant thirst for freedom like in the speech the lines: “… Thing in thirty years has given us more hope and encouragement (for freedom)” and in the slave narrative lines: “It rekindled the few expiring embers of freedom… ” All depict very well that longing. A difference, though, from the narrative and Atlanta Compromise Speech is that he speech uses symbolism especially in the line “Cast down your bucket where you are-cast it down making friends in every manly way of the people of all races by whom we are surrounded whereas the slave narrative is very straight forward in telling one how it went which can be depicted in the lines “The blood waste oozing from the wound on my head.
For a time thought I should bleed to death; and think now that I should have done so, but that the blood so matted my hair as to stop the wound”. Finally, Washington takes a much more peaceful approach to get his point across while Douglas looks award violence in order to achieve a position. “It is a recognition that will do more to cement the friendship of the two races than any occurrence since the dawn of our freedom” are the words spoken by Washington in his speech which show that he believes that white and black men can prosper if they work together in a friendship.
Douglas shows in the lines “l resolved to fight; and, suiting my action to the resolution, I seized Covey hard by the throat; and as did so, I rose” that a more aggressive approach is a way to show one’s view. The slave narrative by Frederick Douglas has many similarities long with differences with Booker T. Washington’s Atlanta Compromise Speech all of which strategies though are effective. Not only were the strategies of Washington’s speech similar, different and also effectual but so were Dry. Martin Luther King Jar. ‘s in his I have a Dream speech.
Like Washington, Martin Luther felt the need for a peaceful revolution which can be seen in the lines: “Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul… ” Whereas in Douglass slave narrative he takes a more physical approach. Another difference between Martin Lather’s speech and Douglass slave narrative is the way Martin Luther writes using repetition seen in the lines:”l have a dream that one day… i have a dream today… i have a dream… “. Douglas on the other hand doesn’t repeat any specific word of phrase to achieve his point.
Some similarities include the appeal to humanity and way to feel bad for one and also a desire and hope for freedom. The plea to humanity can be seen i Martin Lather’s speech in the line ” … The negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality” depict how terrible things were for African-Americans making people feel bad or them. Also, in Douglass narrative in the lines “l scarce had strength to speak. He then gave me a savage kick in the side, and told me to get up. I tried to do so, but fell back in the attempt.
He gave me another kick, and again told me to rise” he achieves to make one feel sorry for him and for all slaves through the way he describes how slaves were treated. In addition, both pieces display a longing for freedom. “l have a dream that this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed” is a line spoken by Martin Luther depicting his own thirst for liberty. Douglas expresses his own ongoing for self-determination in the line: “It recalled the departed self- confidence, and inspired me again with a determination to be free”.