Fredrick Douglass narrative by:Melanie Teran (Excerpt 1 Douglass was…
Fredrick Douglass narrative
background on him
He was born into slavery
He then tried to escape again but this time alone and he succeeded. September 3, 1838 was the day he was no longer a slave.
His mom was Harriet Bailey and al he knew about his father was that he was white.
His five kids on the other hand where not.
The theme of the story is that when in slavery not only did the master act inhumane but when the slaves fought back they also lost there humanity.
This is Douglasses point of view on slavery this is how he was treated and lived and were treated not all slaves conditions were like this.
Douglass was trying to explain how he and most slaves were treated.
slaves didn't know anything about themselves
Most where separated at birth from there family like Douglass was.
They were beat and the master liked seeing them in pain.
Douglass was explaining there living conditions.
They didn't have beds If kids didn't have no good clothing then they would go around with no clothes.
Douglass was was moved to another plantation and to me that was the turning point of his life.
It was the turning point for him because he was moved to a plantation that had a nice mistress. The mistress taught him how to read and write.
His master wasn't so pleased that his wife was teaching a slave how to read and write.he said: "If you teach that nigger how to read, there would be no keeping him..."
After that comment he understood that by learning and by don't what his master was so afraid of he would get his freedom so he kept learning and eventually learned how to read.
Douglass was now with another slave owner Mr.covey he wasn't so nice to his slave.
Douglass and Mr. Covey got into a physical fight and Douglass showed him what all the slaves would want to do to him. Douglasses spirt was broken and he had lost control but when he overpowered Covey he was i power Covey no longer bothered him and he felt as if he was free.
Mr.Covey was intimidated by him."The whole six months afterward that I spent with Mr.Covey, he never laid the weight of his finger upon me in anger" That is because he knew what he was capable of and that he wouldn't be mistreated any longer.
Douglass no loner felt that him being mentally free was good enough so he made a plan to escape.
He rallied everyone that he taught and they were all going to escape together but someone snitched and they were caught. He was isolated and didn't have contact with the other slaves.
"I expected to have been safe in a land of freedom; but now I was covered with gloom, sunk down to the utmost despair" He had lost hope of him being free he had lost not only his chance of freedom but the people who where going with him.
Even when the slaves where free they still had scares and they could never forget that they were salves some had scares from when they were whipped.