Summary Of Frederick Douglass: Freedom Fighter

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Frederick Douglass: Freedom Fighter In Frederick Douglass’s narrative he addresses the many things that led him to his freedom from slavery. Learning to read and write were two of these important tools. But neither of these were as necessary to his becoming free as the defiance Douglas gained from a fight he had with his master at the time, Mr. Covey, was. Although learning to read was very important for Fredrick Douglass’s path to freedom, his battle with Mr. Covey was the most important part of his journey because it marks the point when he stopped thinking of himself as a slave. Mr. Douglass’s education allowed him to learn about abolitionism and even teach others so that they too may be free men. Although this is an important skill,…show more content…
I could regard them in no other light than a band of successful robbers, who had left their homes, and gone to Africa, and stolen us from our homes, and in a strange land reduced us to slavery. I loathed them as being the meanest as well as the most wicked of men (50). This passage marks the point where Frederick realizes the injustices of slavery on himself, as well as all people, colored and white. When Douglass lived with the Aulds he met Sophia Auld, who had begun to teach him to read. This went on for a while until her husband, Hugh Auld, scolded her and warned her of the dangers of teaching a slave. It wasn’t until after Mr. Auld scolded her that Sophia began to treat Frederick less like a human and more like a slave. At this time Fredrick realized the only power his white masters had over him was the power of knowledge. It can be argued that his realization of the power of having an education marks the beginning of Douglass’s true fight toward freedom, but his most important battle is yet to come. Frederick’s physical fight with Mr. Covey was what really changed his mentality as a slave, although it’s not the physical freedom that made this event so meaningful. The happenings following the scuffle between
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