How Is Frederick Douglass Selfish

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Douglass was sent to live with Mr. Edward Covey in January 1833. Thomas Auld considered Douglass as a reluctant slave, so he sent to a slave breaker, Edward Dovey. Covey was a poor land renter who took slaves and used them to work his land while receiving training and discipline. Covey was known for his inhuman and harsh treatment of slaves. Douglass constantly thinking of freedom, so he did not follow instructions of his new master. His year with Covey was a life changing experience. Under Covey, Douglass worked the land day and night in all weathers. For the first six months he was constantly beaten and severely punished to increase his productivity. He was whipped with sticks or cow skin. Douglass experienced an “epoch in my humble history,” and explains to readers that “You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.” When Douglass collapsed because of ill, Covey was kicking and hitting Douglass until he was satisfied, then left Douglass bleeding on the floor. Covey successfully broke…show more content…
Covey is skilled and methodical in his physical punishment of his slaves, but he is even more skilled at psychological cruelty. Covey crushed Douglass’ intellect and any thought of happiness by making feel that he is under constant surveillance. The slaves call Covey “the snake,” because he snakes through the grass, but also this nickname is a reference to Satan’s appearance in the biblical book of Genesis. Douglass’ fight with Covey is the climax of the book because it marks Douglass’ turning point from demoralized slave to confident and freedom-seeking man. Douglass achieves this transformation by matching and containing Covey’s own violence. In addition, Douglass shows himself to be Covey’s opposite as brave man while Covey shows as a coward. Douglass could gain a new sense of empowerment, an attitude of independence, and self-determination to fight for his
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