A Summary Of Harriet Jacobs Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl

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From 1813 to 1879, lived a woman of great dignity, strong will, and one desire. A woman who was considered nothing more than just a slave girl would give anything for the freedom for herself and her two children. Harriet Jacobs, who used the pen name Linda Brent, compiled her life into a little book called Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Mrs. Jacobs ' story, once read, will leave nothing but pity and heart ache for her readers as they discover the life she had to endure. She however boldly states, "[I] earnestly desire to arouse the women of the North to a realizing sense of the condition of two millions of women at the South still in bondage, suffering what I suffered, and most of them far worse. I want to add my testimony to that of …show more content…
Although, it was not until she was the age of six that she actually realized she was a slave girl. Her life was filled with love from those who surrounded her. They were her mother who she was very fond of, her younger brother whom she considered a bright child, and her grandmother who was like a treasure to her. Harriet 's father was living and worked out of state to support his family. After some years her mother passed away and left Harriet and her brother, William, to the care of her mistress. Harriet loved her new mistress and treated her as though she were her own mother. When Harriet was twelve, her mistress passed. In the will her mistress left her to her sister 's daughter at the young age of five. Mr. Flint became her new ‘master '. Mr. Flint was fond of Harriet because she was different from the other slaves. She carried herself with respect and was in fact a hard worker. Mr. Flint took his fondness a little to far when he started to pursue a relationship with Harriet. It was during this time in Harriet 's life that she learned to stand up for herself and became very stubborn in fact. Mr. Flint made several offers to Harriet while she was living in his house that would insure that she would remain his slave and that he would protect her. She wanted no such thing; to be owned by such an awful person was something she would not allow herself to be confined in. This outraged Mr. Flint and he promised that as long as Harriet was living …show more content…
The next seven years passed as Harriet lived in a tiny hole in the attic roof. Harriet remained strong. She knew if she were to reveal where she was she and her children 's lives would be at danger because Mr. Flint was on a man hunt and after seven years he was still in the North looking for her. The one thing that kept Harriet going was the love she felt for her children. She knew the kind of life they would live as slaves, especially under Mr. Flint 's hand. She often wrote of how she could watch them play in the summer and hear them talking in the hall. As these seven years passed in her little hole, Harriet became even stronger. She has been determined on reaching her goal of freedom for too long to give up now. As long as her children were safe, she knew she must go on so that she could ensure their safety forever. Eventually Mr. Flint sold the children to their father and they moved to the North to live. Soon after this Harriet 's long stay in her tiny hole came to an end and she came closer to ending her journey as she traveled to the North. She knows now that her children are safe out of the hands of Dr. Flint. She is now anxious to reunite with them and find freedom for herself. Still the one thing that is moving Harriet along is the love for her children and the desire to see them happy and

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