Frederick Douglass's Fight For Freedom Frederick Douglass was a slave with a bright spirit and a positive attitude, but soon that changed. Douglass desired to read ever since his old Mistress Mrs. Auld taught him the abc’s.Frederick stopped following his master’s instructions and was sent to a slave breaker named Covey. A slave breaker is someone who is supposed to destroy a slave’s spirit and discourage them so they don’t have thoughts of being free. Covey would always watch Douglass and the other slaves so that they don’t stop working. Covey makes the slaves feel uncomfortable and as though they were always being watched so that they were scared to even stop for a minute. Unfortunately for Douglass, he was a victim of deceiving Covey.
One day when the weather was blazing hot, Douglass was bringing wheat to the fan but was taken over by fatigue. Douglass collapsed and crawled into the shade to try to keep the heat off of him but Covey noticed he was missing. Covey asked one of Douglass’s fellow slaves where he was and he pointed to where he was laying. Covey told him to get up, but in a failed attempt he fell back down. Covey gives him a painful kick in the side and and tells him to get up again. And again Douglass fails to get up, causing Covey to kick him again and whip him in the head. This time he gets up and complies.The next morning Covey tries to whip Douglass again but he hides in the cornfield but then goes in the woods. While he was in the woods he meets a slave named Sandy who gives him an enchanted root that is supposed to keep him from being whipped by any white man.
Douglass comes back later and runs into Covey, who is on his way to a meeting but instead of him threatening him he speaks politely to him. The next day when Douglass is going to start work, Covey tries to tie him up. Douglass breaks free from the rope and wrestles with Covey. Covey starts calling for Mr. Hughes to come help him hold Douglass. As soon as Hughess seizes Douglass, he gives Hughes a sharp kick in the ribs. Hughes stops helping and then the fight went back to Douglass and Covey wrestling on the ground. The fight ended after what had felt like an eternity to Douglass. Douglass had beat Covey ut Covey was saying that he won when really Douglass had made him bleed and Douglass didn’t. In the end it was all worth it because Covey hadn’t even touched Douglass since the fight and Douglass gained back his courage and his want to learn and be free. But most importantly, Douglass would be a slave physically but he would no longer think of himself as a slave and his spirit was uplifted.