In Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Fredrick is treated terribly by all of his masters and no one cares about him or any of the other slaves. The southerners act like they are disposable and that they can just go buy another one. All of his owners treat him like trash and beat him until he stand up to one and fights him after that he is left alone. Everyone in Frederick Douglass is a mean person who doesn’t care about anyone but themselves and how much money they can make.
Fredrick Douglass began life in a difficult position. Born into slavery, he did not have the good fortune of having a parent to attend to him. He witnessed unspeakable cruelty daily, which undoubtedly caused him a great deal of emotional distress. Yet, he never gave up on himself. Throughout his life, he continually sought to better himself through any means available to him. Against all odds, Douglass made tremendous strides in his efforts to better himself, and he eventually succeeded in achieving his ultimate goal of escaping from the horrors of slavery.
Fredrick Douglass’s life as a slave was hard any slave’s life would be. He was born into slavery in Tuckahoe, Maryland where he lived as a slave while being raised by his grandparents. He was treated horribly by his masters growing up. Around when Fredrick was eight years old he got transported to Baltimore, Maryland where he worked for Hugh Auld who was strict as could be. On the contrary his wife was kind and actually got to teach Fredrick Douglass some reading and writing skills. Hugh Auld did not let it last so he made his wife stop teaching him. This was not the end of Douglass’s education because he pretty much taught himself how to read and write by looking at other people’s handwriting and also by using newspapers. Soon he was actually able to make out what the newspapers were saying so he could now know what was going on around the
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass details the oppression Fredrick Douglass went through before his escape to freedom. In his narratives, Douglass offers the readers with fast hand information of the pain, brutality, and humiliation of the slaves. He points out the cruelty of this institution on both the perpetrator, and the victims. As a slave, Fredrick Douglass witnessed the brutalization of the blacks whose only crime was to be born of the wrong color. He narrates of the pain, suffering the slaves went through, and how he fought for his freedom through attaining education.
Fredrick Douglass was a man who always looked for ways to better himself and his life as a slave. Throughout the book “Narrative of the life of Fredrick Douglass”, it documents his life and how his views on freedom and slavery change throughout the book. His views on freedom evolve constantly throughout the book due to the different slave masters that owned him.
Fredrick Douglass (1818-1945), both a fugitive slave and a free man, was one of the most courageous and influential leaders of the abolitionist movement. His narrative, published in 1845, illustrates his childhood and early manhood experiences as a salve, as well as his escape to the North and find of freedom. Within his narrative entitled “The Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass,” Douglass argues that in order to achieve physical freedom, a slave must seek knowledge and an education.
Fredrick Douglass was a black leader who changed people’s view of slavery, and he had many achievements throughout his life. By giving many speeches Fredrick Douglass began to give speeches about the harms of slavery in 1841. Fredrick Douglass was the only man who took part in women’s rights. One way he changed America’s view of slavery is by marrying a white woman to try to break the cycle of racism. He also spoke against beer and alcohol. Douglass also reached people by writing books such as his autobiography “ The Narrative of the life of Fredrick Douglass”.
Covey for a year. Mr. Covey had a reputation for setting slaves straight. The agreement was that Covey could use the slave in the fields. One day, Douglass collapsed in the barn because he was so tired. Covey happened to come by and kicked Fredrick and started beating him. This shows how cruel Covey was. A couple days after the beating, Covey jumped on Fredrick and he decided to fight back. After a long fight, Covey gives up and does no harm to Fredrick for the rest of his time there. This gives Fredrick the courage that is very important when he
In conclusion, Frederick Douglass was an African American slave that fought to be free. His vision of being a freeman was inspired by his desire for education and his relationship with God that taught him that God would help those that help themselves. He was one of the greatest leaders of the abolitionist movement, which help fought to end slavery in the United States. Fredrick Douglass I really respect Douglass by stepping out on faith to help the Africans Americans to have freedom as of today. He was a firm believer that trusted God 100
Frederick Douglass was a wise and brave man that grew up in the American slave system. He knows first hand the hardships of being owned by someone and having no way to escape that kind of life. After escaping from slavery he decided to write a book on the hardships of his life. In the book he describes the life of the slave and the many aspects that are not usually learned. These aspects describe the life of a slave in a point of view that is not usually looked at; the point of view of a slave.
It was then that he became aware of his current status: a lowly slave that was considered to be a chattel. And it was then that he wanted his freedom. Meanwhile, the venom slave owner began to poison Sophia?s kind nature. Sadly, Douglass was once again a piece of meat and he no longer viewed the black race as one of the whites. Also, his views for white slave owners changed similarly; his heart was filled with abhorrence for them (Douglass 42). There were many times when Douglass thought about running away to become a free man, but there were few times when he was really determined to fulfill the risky and dangerous task. One of the few times came during the year when he worked for Edward Covey. Douglass became a field hand for the first time in his life. It was one of the few times he felt like a slave. He was not skilled in the backbreaking work required of him. Covey was a harsh and brutal slaveholder. Mr. Covey made his slaves work in all weathers. It was never too hot or too cold; it could never rain, blow, hail, or snow, too hard in the field (Douglass 66). And if it wasn?t work, work, work, it was beatings, beatings, and beatings. Douglass was often whipped and battered for not working ?hard enough.? Under Covey, Douglass and the other slaves were treated as the lowlifes of society, as low as horses and pigs. After six months under Covey, Douglass lost interest in reading and the
Throughout his life he was first and foremost an abolitionist, fighting against slavery until its elimination. He was a man dedicated to a cause, determined to try everything in his power to fight for what he believed fair, which was racial equality. As a young man Fredrick had fire; a burning
After that Douglass decided to run away back to his old master Mr.Thomas, who then told him to go back that he can not take him back. When he returned to Mr.Covey’s field started working like the rest of the slaves when one day he was ordered to rub and feed the horses. As he was about to leave the horses, Mr.Covey came with a long rope and tried to tie Douglass down to so he could do whatever he wanted to do to Douglass. Douglass knew what he was willing to do to him, so he fought back.
In 1833 Douglass was sent to a “slave breaker” who flagellated him constantly in an effort to physically and mentally break him down. Finally after 6 months of working with covey in all kinds of weather conditions every day except Sunday, Douglass was “broken in body, soul, and spirit.”(Douglass 2064-2128) Douglass lost the will to do anything intellectually he was numbed expressively “my intellect languished, the disposition to read departed, the cheerful spark that lingered about my eye died…” (Douglass 2064-2128). After enduring this treatment he tried to get protection from his former master and absconded to him. After this covey was set on beating Douglass to death and in a stable he tried where Douglass fought back and told covey “that he had used me like a brute for six months, and that I was determined to be used so no longer.”(Douglass 2064-2128) Only until Douglass seized this opportunity was he no longer subject to covey’s yoke of oppression. No longer bound his mind was free to soar and he was able to pen his autobiography in addition he was also an abolitionist who helped end slavery. His path through slavery was harsh and it took great patience to withstand that condition and to rise up. His experience of slavery was no different than any other slave of the time
The main character of this book is Frederick Douglass because the book is about his life. Some supporting characters are Edward Covey who is a slave master and other masters are Auld family. Also there is his grandma and Betty Bailey. Frederick Douglass changes in the book i think is how he look at slavery because at the beginning he did not know much about slavery but throughout the book he found out how harsh slavery