A Woman 's Nightmare By Harriet Jacobs Essay

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A Woman’s Nightmare
Zendaya once said, “A Feminist is a person who believes in the power of women just as much as they believe in the power of anyone else it’s equality, it’s fairness, and I think it’s a great thing to be a part of.” We are all humans and should be treated as such. Equality and respect should be received by everyone, no matter if the person is a male or a female. In the 19th and 20th centuries, men and women were not treated equally. We can see this in, “From Incidents in The Life of a Slave Girl” by Harriet Jacobs and in “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Women were not entirely owners of their own bodies and often experienced sexual violence. Women in the 19th and 20th centuries were not owners of their bodies. These women had a patriarchal figure that dominated their lives and treated them as properties. In “From the Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” by Harriet Jacobs, the narrator talks about her terrible experiences with Dr. Flint. She says, “He peopled my young mind with unclean images, such as only a vile monster could think of. I turned from him with disgust and hatred. But he was my master. I was compelled to live under the same roof with him--- where I saw a man forty years my senior daily violating the most sacred commandments of nature. He told me I was his property” (Jacobs, 619). Dr. Flint was her master and she had to listen to everything he said. She could not just run away him because she was his slave. She feared…

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