Particularly applied to chapter 7
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Douglass comes face-to-face with the potency and power of literacy when his master forbids Mrs. Auld to teach him his letters. Douglass hears Auld explain that when a slave learns to read and write he is no longer fit to be enslaved; he becomes intractable, unmanageable, discontent, and rebellious. Douglass is flabbergasted at Auld's explanation and immediately decides he will do everything in his power to attain literacy.