I think Douglass’s key distinction he’s trying to get across is that though he will always legally be a slave, the day he beat up Mr. Covey was the day he mentally set himself free of of slavery. Douglass was really struggling on the road to freedom from slavery and this was probably the biggest and most important turning point because no longer would he succumb to the whippings of Mr. Covey. No, Douglass stands up to Covey and instead, beats him up. He realizes he will never be a slave in his own mind ever again, even if he is a slave in a legal sense.
One aspect of slavery that Douglass really emphasizes in the rest of the narrative is that no one in their right mind would ever allow themselves to become enslaved. The only way one could enslave someone, in this case the whites enslaving the blacks, master’s had to destroy the minds of the slaves. By turning around and beating up Mr. Covey, Douglass stops his mind from being destructed by the false commands of accepting enslavement. And even though laws and legalities title him as a slave, all that matters to him is that he has freed himself, and freed his mind from forever being enslaved.
“To the young mind, every thing is individual, stands by itself. By and by, it finds how to join two things, and see in them one nature; then three, then three thousand; and so, tyrannized over by its own unifying instinct, it goes on tying things together, diminishing anomalies, discovering roots running under ground, whereby contrary and remote things cohere, and flower out from one stem.”-Emerson
While reading “The American Scholar “by Emerson I feel the most difficult sentence to comprehend for me would be the sentence above. The reason why I feel this sentence is challenging me would be imagery and symbolism that is used in the sentence above. I feel that the flower and the steam are supposed to represent the people who want an education and are some how trying to show that with the use of education we can help the seeds grow into flowers. The flower that is used in the sentence needs protection and needs the right tools to make the seeds blossom into a flower. I feel that I am possibly looking too much into the words a bit. I feel that the time era and word usage throughout the letter made it hard to comprehend what the writer was trying to say.
Wham Bam Hoover Dam!! Hope you all are having a great day! My name is Annabel and I am from East Los Angels and due to my fathers job I moved to Indio,CA. (its close by to Coachella). I am second generation Mexican and one of the first individuals on both my mother and fathers side to attend College. My aspiration in life is to make a difference in the education system. I would like to pursue a career in teaching with a minor in special education and a certificate in American Sign Language. This is my third year at SFSU Go Gators! I would like to study abroad hopefully next semester I am not sure where but I do know I would like to travel eventually.