Compare And Contrast Sandy Jenkins And Douglass

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In the narrative, Frederick Douglass introduced us to many different characters. The ones in particular that would be discussed in the following paragraphs are Sandy Jenkins and Edward Covey. These two characters are very different from each other but share the same importance to the growth of Douglass. Jenkins was a slave just as he was but the only thing different between him and Douglass was that he was a superstitious man. He had seemed to be a little closer to being a traditional slave than Douglass. On the other hand, Covey was a religious prude. He took advantage of the biblical word made it his law. Between these two characters, Douglass had his "roots" on one side and the "law" on the other gnawing at him and his only relief would…show more content…
He got a taste of power and it changed him which is a perfect representation of what power does to a man. Since he had made a name for himself as a “negro-breaker”, while dehumanizing others he dehumanized himself by losing everything moral and just, leaving him as hollow as a shell--being irrational and unethical. He has no respect for women and treats them like animals. To him, their only purpose is to be a “Breeder”. As a Christian man, he is supposed to live a righteous life that is pleasing in the eyes of God; however, he believes that he is doing what is just which brings one to think that he may be as ignorant as the slaves: "He seemed to think himself equal to deceiving the Almighty" (37). To believe that slaves are meant to be belittled and leaving them uneducated shows signs of insecurities. "...I do verily believe that he sometimes deceived himself into the solemn belief, that he was a sincere worshipper of the most high God" (38) Douglass can be observed here to challenge that there was something wrong with the idea of being Christian and…show more content…
This is what Douglass understood. He knew there was power and strength in numbers but firstly, they had to attack their masters from a mentally and then physically, if necessary. The greatest form of resistance is knowledge. With it you would know manipulation, deception and how to advance yourself in society. In this instance Covey was the knowledgeable one which meant he was the "law" that Douglass managed to challenge because of Jenkins: "This battle with Mr. Covey was a turning point in my career as a slave" (42). The word "career" indicated that slavery was not a choice of lifestyle but an obligation for every enslaved man." He can only understand the deep satisfaction which I experienced, who has himself repelled by force the bloody arm of slavery. I felt as I never felt before. It was a glorious resurrection, from the tomb of slavery, to the heaven of freedom" (42) This is an ironic reference to the resurrection of Christ. He also went further to say he was freed mentally and was determined to be free in

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