African American Lit Comparison Essay

800 Words Mar 26th, 2016 4 Pages
Comparison Approaching the end of forced slavery, birth was given to the new genre of literature. Fugitive Slave Narratives, the new genre, have become highly recognized in the literary world. These narratives have been analyzed thoroughly by scholars, as well as influenced the enhancement of learning today. Well-known author, Frederick Douglass, was able to recollect and share his childhood through his book entitled “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.” Slave Narrative author, Harriet Jacobs, also shared her slave childhood through her book “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.” Both authors take out a piece of them and put it down on paper for the public to be aware of the things they suffered through. However, the …show more content…
Her writing reflects such because she is deemed innocent and the tone is as if she is surprised that any one person could own another. Douglass knew since he was able to know that he was a slave and this in turn affected how he felt about his masters. In fact, in chapter one of his narrative, Douglass states “A want of information concerning my own was a source of unhappiness to me even during childhood.” Showing that from a young age, he knew that he was not equal to his master or his master’s family. He knew nothing of his age or birthday like the white kids did. Douglass took a direct approach to slavery. He was looking for equality and respect. While Douglass was learning to read and write to be better than what his master had deemed him to be, Jacobs was focusing on her family. Her sense of family was greater than Douglass’s need for respect and equality. Taking a step back to review, Jacobs wrote “Slavery is terrible for men; but it is far more terrible for women. Superadded to the burden common to all, they have wrongs, and sufferings, and mortifications peculiarly their own.” By this, she meant that women of slavery were beaten down physically like the men, but mentally as well. They suffered their masters or their master’s sons raping them and leaving them pregnant. Although Jacobs outwitted her master, she still found her way into the arms of Mr. Sands. With Mr. Sands, Jacobs had two children. Her reasoning for

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