Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

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In the memoir, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, a slave named Frederick Douglass wrote an autobiography to show the way slavery degraded slaves and slave masters. He was born in Tuckahoe, about twelve miles from Easton, Maryland. He was born into slavery and had no knowledge of his age. Douglass was separated from his mother after birth, never saw her, except when she would occasionally visit him at night. Douglass was transferred and sold repeatedly in the slave markets of the South. The physical abuse and physical neglect of the slaves resulted in mental fluctuation. As a result, the psychological consequences that were within these elements were more detrimental to the mental development and to the identity of the slaves.…show more content…
Mr. Covey was a hard-working, poor man. He made his slaves work all day in any kind of weather. Covey thought the longest days were too short and the shortest nights were too long. Douglass thought his orders and abuse were unmanageable. “I was broken in body, soul, and spirit…my intellect languished…the dark night of slavery closed in upon me; and behold a man transformed into a brute!” (74). Covey made Douglass’s intellect deteriorate enough that made him into a monster. The abuse Covey had delivered to Douglass made his mental development detrimental from the psychological consequence he had as he was turning brute. Douglass got tired of the way he was treated, it made him mad enough to go from a man to a brute. A brute is very dangerous, therefore, he fought Covey. “Mr. Covey seemed now to think he had me, and could do what he pleased; but at this moment-from whence came the spirit I don’t know-I resolved to fight…” (81). Fighting a slaveholder was completely erroneous. The slave holders were usually the ones who broke the slaves, but at last a slave broke a slave holder. For this reason, the abuse slaves received effected their mental being to be altered to have psychological consequences that made them act a different way. Living on Colonel Lloyd’s plantation, the slaves were given less items and “mush,” which led to the dehumanization of the slaves. Slaves working on Lloyd’s plantation were harshly neglected. They
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