The Tempest and The Narrative of Frederick Douglass

Write an essay that explores the themes of master/slave by comparing the true story of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass to the fictional lives we have read about in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. In The Tempest, focus on only one relationship pair for discussion and comparison.

Consider questions such as

How does one become a master or slave/servant?

How does one escape the plight of slavery?
How does one maintain mastery over others?
How is religion and/or science used to stabilize the master/servant system?
How can the master/servant system be destabilized?

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