An analysis of coveys character in frederick douglass the life and times of frederick douglass

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The Lloyd family had been in Maryland for over two hundred years, and many of its members were politicians and prominent people in Maryland society.

After laying on I dare not say how many stripes, old master untied his suffering victim. Douglass attributed this fortuitous event to divine intervention; he knew God meant for him to one day escape the bonds of servitude.

An analysis of coveys character in frederick douglass the life and times of frederick douglass

This was not easy because Gardner was in a rush and all men were to do what they knew best. Douglass's worst experiences in the bonds of servitude were his first six months with Covey. Douglass tossed his forged protection into the fire when no one was looking. He was disconsolate that only days earlier he had been filled with hope, and now he was imprisoned. I wish I could commit to paper the feelings with which I beheld it. I was, in fact, awakened by the heart-rending shrieks and piteous cries of poor Esther. An incident occurred about this time that made a deep impression on my mind. Without knowing this, or caring about it at the time, I, for some cause or other, was attracted to him and was much his companion. Place of birth—Description of country—Its inhabitants—Genealogical trees—Method of counting time in slave districts—Date of birth—Names of grandparents—Their cabin—Home with them—Slave practice of separating mothers from their children—Recollections of his mother—Who was his father?

They were often appalled when they considered the difficult road before them: starvation, drowning, scorpions, wild beasts, snakes, being captured and shot dead on the spot, etc. He explained why slaves often praised their masters: they were afraid that the whites to whom they were speaking would report their insolence and they would be punished.

For the duration of his stay on the farm Covey did not touch him, and Douglass believed it was his desire to keep his reputation that prevented him from turning Douglass in. The ground of this opinion was the contiguity of the free States, and the influence of their moral, religious, and humane sentiments.

Plummer, was like most of his class, little less than a human brute; and in addition to his general profligacy and repulsive coarseness, he was a miserable drunkard, a man not fit to have the management of a drove of mules.

To Captain Anthony, therefore, was committed the head-ship of all the farms. There was the little red house up the road, occupied by Mr. As Douglass associates himself with Christian faith, he heightens the sense of conflict between himself and Covey by showing Covey to be an enemy of Christianity itself.

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Edward Covey in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass