Education led to Freedom

However, there are slight differences between the experiences of Douglass compared to the one of Equiano. From these narratives, there is an acute contrast concerning the lives of slaves and the determinations they had as a vehicle towards freedom. Douglass at the start of the narrative raises a confusion regarding his childhood, and the dilemma concerning his family clearly, Douglass as he narrates about his family leaves more unanswered questions regarding what he knows and not rather what he doesn’t about his family. This is more so as he says that I have no accurate knowledge of my age (Douglass 1) and he cannot even accurately recall his father. The fact that he was separated from his father and mother reveals families in crisis, and he insists that he only saw his mother two or five times in his life I never saw my mother, to know her as such, more than four or five times in my life (Douglas 1). Douglass means that he has never had a decent family upbringing and even does not know how being in a family feels like. Equiano on the other hard explains his family to be a royal family with his father being the chief. His father was revered man and Equiano grew up in a protective family headed by a chief. Unlike Douglass who cannot remember his age, Equiano tells about his cultural background and cultural practices, which signifies that he had been in the set up for some time to learn all the cultural practices. Douglass lived a painful life and introduced to brutality at an early age. He remembers the whipping that the slaves had to undergo both the young and old, men and women who were tortured as Douglass recalls his screaming aunt being tortured, he used to tie up to a joist, and whip upon her naked back till she was literally covered with blood. (Douglass 26). This explains that his story is a representation of stories by other slaves undergoing the same predicament. Throughout the initial narrative, Douglass tells of a painful experience that slaves have to endure under their masters such as Edward Lloyd. The lack of a decent living place and inhuman conditions through which the children had to endure tells of a cruel life that robbed off the innocence of children. In contrast, Equiano explains of his lovely child life in a place of plenty where he argues that nature was prodigal of her favors and their wants were few, As we live in a country where nature is prodigal of her favours, our wants are few and easily supplied. (Equiano 17). The land is very rich and fruitful with all kinds of abundance, where agriculture is the main practice by the rural folks. Equiano narrates a representation of a story that each child would dream to have, and by both of them (Equiano Douglas) being black, the contrast in their lives is sharp and boundless. While Equiano is boasting of a life of plenty, where nature could provide everything, Douglass laments of unfairness in nature that introduced him to the life of torture and robbed him his childhood compared to the lives of his fellow Africans back at home. At the age of seven, Douglass is sent to child labor in a ship carpenter in Baltimore. To Douglass this was like freedom as he comments, a city slave is almost like a freeman, compared to the slavery in the