Frederick Douglass was born into slavery. Slavery was like a pit only some could escape. Frederick went from place to place, going to where someone wanted him to go. This was also the case for his mother who was taken from the plantation Douglass was on. Douglass only saw his mother on rare occasion. Frederick’s mother also died when Frederick was just a child. As soon Frederick became a teenager, he would go onto a plantation with a man named Covey. Covey was a man that was supposed to break slaves’ souls on plantations, and drain the want of freedom of slaves. Douglass would soon become a victim of Covey’s wretched work. 2
One day, on a Sunday, Douglass came back from the forest where he went to seek refuge from painful beatings. But as he comes back he sees Covey. Douglass was thinking Covey was going to be furious- the worst of the worst. But then Covey spoke to him in a kind and gentle voice, and Covey talked like a wise old man to Douglass. “ Douglass can you please go bade the pigs” Covey said in a kind voice . “Yes” Douglass said in a confused tone.
“Can you go feed the horses Douglass?” Covey said. “Yes sir.” Frederick then went to the barn long after day. Frederick was in the barn at night pondering if what he witnessed in the morning was actually Covey, with how nice he had been. Douglass thought how could someone like Covey be so nice after what he did. He shrugged it off and kept rubbing and feeding the horses. But then suddenly like a predator pouncing on its prey Covey goes for Douglass’s legs and brought him to the ground.