Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

What contradictions do you find in the text? Why are they there?How do they affect your understanding of the text?

throught out the book just a couple examples

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There are several contradictions most based on the way the Negro slave was viewed. For example, one of the reasons why Negroes were not taught to read and write was that they were assumed to have no intelligence. Yet Douglass proves that such an assumption is untrue. Douglass also proves that the white population suffers as much as the slaves. He notes that humanity and the natural feeling of one human for another is what Mrs. Auld feels, but ultimately she has to become hardened to his humanity when she can no longer teach him.