Douglass begins his work with a preface written by the respected William Lloyd Garrison. The purpose of this was to state that Douglass has written this piece of work and is well educated. Garrison was fond of Douglass and believed him to be “capable of high attainments as an intellectual and moral being – needing nothing but a comparatively small amount of cultivation to make him an ornament to society and a blessing to his race” (Garrison viii). This preface starts the narrative with authenticity that is reflected in the end of the book. As written before, the structure has symmetry to pull the reader back into current times (current times being the time of the writing). The preface begins in Nantucket in 1841: “In the month of August, 1841, I [William Lloyd Garrison,] attended an anti-slavery convention in Nantucket, at which it was my happiness to become acquainted with Frederick Douglass” (Garrison vii). Douglass symmetrizes this on the last page of his work: “While attending an anti-slavery convention at Nantucket, on the 11th of August, 1841, I felt strongly moved to speak” (Douglass 69).
In the narrative, chapter six and chapter 8 contain contrasting elements within themselves. There is an obvious theme that follows these two chapters. Chapter six begins with Douglass speaking of “my new mistress proved to be all