Study Guide

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Characters

By Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

Douglass is the book's narrator, and it's a book about him. So in a way, it's hard to really...

Edward Covey

Mr. Covey is a poor white farmer with a reputation of being an effective slave-breaker. When...

Sandy Jenkins

Sandy is a slave who lives near Mr. Covey's plantation, whom Douglass meets while he's hiding in...

Aaron Anthony

Anthony is Douglass's first master and, Douglass suggests, possibly his father. White fathers of...

Lucretia Auld

Lucretia is Captain Anthony's daughter, who inherits Douglass after his death.

Captain Thomas Auld

Captain Thomas is Lucretia's husband. Although he is a churchgoing person, his conversion to...

Hugh Auld

Hugh Auld owns Douglass when he lives in Baltimore. He unknowingly teaches him about the power of...

Mrs. Sophia Auld

Hugh Auld's wife Sophia has never owned a slave before Douglass, so she doesn't understand much...

Mr. Freeland

Mr. Freeland is one of the best masters Douglass has, although Douglass jokes that he would much...

William Lloyd Garrison

Garrison first meets Douglass at an anti-slavery convention, where the audience convinces a...

Aunt Hester

Hester is Douglass's aunt, a very beautiful woman who attracts the attention of Captain Anthony....

Edward Lloyd

Colonel Lloyd is the richest landowner in the area, and although Douglass belongs to Captain...

Anna Murray

Douglass tells us almost nothing about his wife Anna. She was a free woman in Baltimore, and...

Wendell Phillips

Wendell Phillips is another important abolitionist, though perhaps not as famous at the time as...

Mr. Severe

Mr. Severe is one of the many characters whose name indicates his personality; a severe overseer...