For several reasons, Frederick Douglass might be described as a great thinker and writer. Firstly, he had the ability to compile sentences masterfully; for instance, “A thousand wires, fed with thought and winged with lightning, put us in instantaneous communication with the loyal and true men all over the country.”
Every word he used fitted the sentence and was put in the right place. Another special characteristic of his speeches was the usage of powerful images and metaphors that capture one’s attention. “The dawn is already upon us. It is bright and full of promise.” Describing these rich pictures propels people’s imagination and creates a feeling of awe.
Another quality that made him admirable to the audience was that Douglass, just like Lincoln, did not fear reality and was not afraid to tell the truth to others. During his speech in memory of Lincoln, Douglass mentioned not only the achievements and merits of the first President of the U.S., but he also acknowledged Lincoln’s prejudices and questionable decisions.
The image of Lincoln’s personality now serves me as an example of how it is possible to consciously choose to live and fight, despite all the suffering that one can experience. From his example, I would like to adopt the ability to withstand any despair, gloom, and problem that can stand in my way in the future. In addition, I would like to develop a more realistic view of the world, so it could help me achieve my goals.