The next night, as Douglass was working very hard, Covey came to him with a long rope and tried to get a hold of him. Douglass fought back and managed to seize Covey by the throat. As they were holding on to each other, Douglass kicked Covey in the ribs. This made Covey very weak, and Douglass’s resistance was so unexpected that it gave Douglass the assurance of winning the fight. The fight ended a few hours later, and Douglass had won, realizing that he had hurt Covey more than Covey hurt him. Douglass was never whipped again, though he remained a slave many years afterward.
This was a great turning point for Douglass considering he was a slave, and later was transformed into a free man. Douglass said to himself, “ I was broken and now am walking on a road towards freedom.” It gave him the determination to be free and it gave him a sense of his own manhood. He had a great satisfaction from his action and believed in himself to ending slavery.
“ I have escaped the misery of slavery, and I am free now working to end slavery”. Douglass said this as he regained his spirit, cowardness left his side, and boldness took its place. He was very happy to begin his new life, by standing up to his dreadful conditions. Also no longer having to deal with the brutal conditions of slavery and the cruelty of slave owners, such as Covey. In the end Douglass did remain a slave in form, but the day had passed forever when he would be a slave in fact. Now Douglass is now a great writer, and speaker. He is trying to do all that he can to abolish slavery for good, to help everyone that is going through what he had to.