The Great Frederick Douglass Character Analysis

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Douglass the Great “...he [Frederick Douglass] proceeded to narrate some of the facts in his own history as a slave, and in the course of his speech gave utterance to many noble thoughts and thrilling reflections,” this quote from famed abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison depicts the strength of Douglas’s character. If it weren’t for his strength of character he wouldn’t of had the same effect on the white abolitionists that he talked to in the North. Since there wasn’t barely any slaves who knew how to read and write, Frederick Douglass was probably the most intelligent slave of his generation. During slavery, it was strictly illegal for slaves to learn how to read or write, fight against their masters, and to escape from their plantations or homes without being caught. Unlike most slaves back in the time of slavery, Frederick Douglass heroically completed all of those acts. These compelling acts are great examples of his extreme…show more content…
There are many times throughout the narrative where Douglass is very audacious in his actions, but his most powerful act of bravery is when Douglass fought Mr. Covey, the slave breaker. “ Mr. Covey seemed 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; and suiting my action to the resolution, I seized Covey hard by the throat; and as I did so, I rose” (143). This utmost act of audaciousness completed by Douglass exhibits his bravery like nothing else. He, a slave, fought his own master and had no regret at all. Most slaves wouldn’t have the gut to say something back to their master, let alone fight them to a bloody pulp, but Douglass did. That is what set him apart from other slaves, he was extremely intelligent and audacious. Just with those two traits of his they caused many events that lead him to his
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