Frederick Douglass was a slave, owned by a monster of a man named Mr. Covey. He lived on a plantation where Mr. Covey was known as “The Slave Breaker” because it was known of him to physically and mentally beat the slaves down so that their lives were a living nightmare. Douglass, just like the other slaves was too broken and felt as though he had a dark void in his soul. One morning, Frederick Douglass was ordered to go take care of the horses at the stable and he obeyed the command, despite how tired and overworked he was. He did exactly as told and just when he thought he was finished, Mr. Covey came in and grabbed Douglass by the legs. Mr. Covey was trying to tie Douglass. Douglass was expected to not resist being tied, if he did, he knew he would suffer major consequences. Despite that knowledge, when Douglass realized what Covey was trying to do, he fought back.
After Douglass realized that Covey was attempting to tie him, he sprung up and sent himself sprawling across the floor. Covey and Douglass then got into an intense, and what seemed like everlasting fist fight. Douglass’s resistance was his fuel and Covey’s drive to stop him. They spent hours throwing punches, tackling one another, and feeling tirelessly enraged. Douglass was greatly abused and Covey’s mind was flooded drowning with the absurdity and senseless power of owning another human being. They wore themselves out and forfeited. “I wouldn’t have beaten you near as much if you hadn’t resisted my power, Frederick” Covey said to Douglass in a cruel tone, still standing with douglass in the stables. “I’m not sorry, Mr. Covey. For I fought for what I believed in and I will stay by that to my dying day.” Douglass coldly replied. After all was done they left the stables and went their own separate ways.
A While after the fight occurred, Frederick Douglass felt great satisfaction and his previously broken soul was now revived by the light of hope. Hope that he would get out one day and be free from slavery. That day, he made a promise to himself. A promise that would change Frederick Douglass’s life forever. He vowed to himself that he would never, ever think of himself as a slave from that day on. He was never beat by Mr. Covey again, and he was indeed eventually untied from the ropes of slavery. All because he fought for what he believed in.