The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass shows the hardships Douglass went through before he finally gained his freedom. In his story, he gives the readers first hand information of the pain, brutality, and humiliation of the slaves. He shows the cruelty of slavery and how it affects not only the slave but the slaveholder as we. As a slave, Frederick Douglass witnessed the brutalization of the blacks whose only problem was being of color and in the wrong place at the wrong time. He explains the pain, and suffering they all went through, and how he fought for his freedom through learning how to read. Douglass, whose mother was a black slave and whose father was an unidentified white man, possibly his master, was born around 1817 in Tuckahoe, Maryland, as Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey. He was separated from his mother in infancy and raised by his maternal grandmother on the estate of his master, Captain Aaron Anthony. His childhood was relatively happy until he was transferred to the plantation of Anthony’s employer, Colonel Edward Lloyd. In 1825 Douglass was again transferred, this time to the Baltimore household of Hugh Auld, whose wife began teaching Douglass to read until Auld insisted that she stop. Douglass became convinced that literacy provided an important key to achieving his freedom and secretly began learning to read on his own.Douglass was able to first engage with abolitionism when he learned to read. He also became fully aware of the reality of slavery; he wrote “Literacy had given me a view of my wretched condition, without the remedy. It opened my eyes to the horrible pit, but to no ladder upon which to get out. In moments of agony, I envied my fellow-slaves for their stupidity” (36). Ignorance was a way for slaveholders to keep their slaves manageable, happy, placid, and content. Once a slave moved beyond such darkness into a world filled with understanding, he was only able to do what Douglass eventually did – attempt to escape from his bonds. Education was everything. Douglas strived to educate slaves which, he believed, would mean the end of slavery.Frederick was so determined to learn how to read and to become a free man that he did everything he could to make it happen. He would trade kids in the neighborhood food for them teaching him words and how to read them. Sometimes he would trick the kids by saying he knew what a word was and then the would correct him and then he would learn the word. He would also steal his masters learning book so he could practice writing the words also. Him learning gave him a sense of self worth.Douglass narrates of the pain, suffering the slaves went through, and how he fought for his freedom through attaining education. He fought hard and he fought long. It was never easy for him to be free or to learn it was a constant struggle, but it gave him a purpose and self worth. It boosted his confidence and when he was able to learn new words he felt proud of himself. He points out the cruelty of this institution on both the perpetrator, and the victims, and how he overcame all of that.