Frederick was a slave in Maryland during the 1800s. Frederick was an isolated slave who never saw any of his family except seeing his mother a few times as a young child. Even though he only saw his mother a few times he cherished the moments for all his life. Frederick wasn't like other slaves because he would think and read books in his free time. Frederick's master noticed that Frederick was not ignorant like the other slaves so he decided to get a man named Covey to break Frederick of all his ideas and notions. Covey was a cruel and heartless man who was known to be able to break any slave. That day Covey came to Frederick's plantation.
Covey wasn't like other slave breakers cause he was a hard working man that knew how much work a person could do, so slaves couldn't fool him when it came to how much work they can do. One day Frederick and a few other slaves were working in the fields. While they were working Covey crept up on them to scare them and make sure they were working. Covey then leaped out of the crop, scaring all the slaves in the field. This made some of the slaves very uneasy so they were always cautious of what they'd say or do. From that day forward Covey was called the snake.
The next day Frederick was assigned a new job to fann wheat in the barn. This job was harsh and took lots of effort to do. Later that day Frederick grew exhausted of the hard work he had to do. When Frederick reached the brink of exhaustion he fell with a large thump. Soon Covey realized that the fan was not working so he proceeded towards the barn to see what happened. As Covey approached the barn he noticed Frederick laying down dazed underneath a tree. Then Covey said “ GET UP, YOU LAZY SLAVE”. Frederick said in a dreary voice “ Sir I am exhausted I cannot get up.” This made Covey furious so he picked up a hickory slat and started to whip Frederick so hard he’d scream as loud as a banshee. Later that night Frederick fled to the forest.