Frederick Douglass and Walter Whitman are similar because they both see ways out of regular lives. Douglass believes that education is to way to a better self and therefore a better life for the slaves. Whitman encourages people to let go of all of the tensions in their lives and to analyze themselves by striping themselves. These two men both want change within themselves to move toward a better life. They have goals to be a different person than they were before. Douglass and Whitman both see that man is capable of much more than they let on. They can reach a high point in their lives if they choose to. Douglass and Whitman are also similar in the idea of unity. Douglass gets together with people to help end slavery while Whitman gets together with people to experience life itself and nature.