A Slave Named Henny : The Brutal Conditions Of Female Slaves Essay

2327 Words Apr 14th, 2016 10 Pages
Throughout his narrative Douglass keeps telling the readers about the brutal conditions that female slaves were faced with. He illustrates the story of a slave named Henny, another horribly disfigured slave, who was unable to use her hands because she fell into a fire as a child. His master, unsure want to do with her decides that she should be released and go fend for herself. After Douglass’s mother is sold away his grandmother takes care of him. However suddenly his master Anthony dies and he had left no will. This is very important to Douglass and the other slaves that Anthony owned because slaves were considered property of their master. Each slave is assessed to deem how much they are worth and luckily Douglass sent back to the family he was living with in Baltimore. However, his grandmother is not valuable enough to sell and she left in the woods to fend for herself. This adds to the negative perception of female slaves in Douglass’s life. She had worked hard all for master Anthony and still at the end of the day she is devalued and disrespected as if all her years of hard work meant nothing because she could not be used for breeding. Though his grandmother served a strong female character throughout Douglass’s narrative this last image of her uses her as an example of how the female slave is symbolic of suffering from the beginning of her life up till the very end.
The only positive images of black females that are presented in Douglass’s narrative are those of…

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