A Rose For A Slave Girl By Harriet Ann Jacobs Essay

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is a slave narrative written by Harriet Ann Jacobs in the time period of the 19th century in America. Jacobs uses a pseudonym to portray her first-hand accounts of the life of a slave to show people of the world the unglorified reality of slavery as a character in her novel. The main protagonist, Linda Brent, is a girl who is born into slavery and is faced with countless struggles in her formidable life. However, in Linda’s younger years, she is living a reasonable life with her mother and father until her mother dies when Linda is six years old. Linda is then sent to live with her mother’s mistress who teaches Linda to read, but a few years later, the mistress dies as well and Linda is then sent to live with neglectful and awful relatives of the mistress and Linda’s reasonable life begins to change for the worse. The struggles of Linda include the dreadful and strenuous life of a slave, losing her children to a slave auction and the troubled life as a woman in slavery in the early 19th century. In Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Ann Jacobs uses the mental toll of being enslaved, gender specific issues towards women and the importance of family to show how hard and difficult it was for African Americans to live and survive during the Pre-Civil War era.
Slavery has a big impact on the lives of all of those who are brought and forced into the horrible trap that lasts a lifetime for some. In some aspects, slavery can be…

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