Essay on Critical Analysis of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

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The life of a slave woman is far more complex than that of a slave man, although understandably equal in hardships, the experience for a woman is incredibly different. The oppression that women have faced throughout their lives in the struggle to even be considered equal to men is more than evident in slavery, not only because they were thought of as lesser but in some ways many women actually believed it to be true. The experiences that Linda Brent, pseudonym for the author Harriet A. Jacobs, went through in her life story in Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl prove that the difficulties for slave women were more than significant in many different cases. For Linda Brent, her life had been a constant fight since she was six years old …show more content…
Throughout her story, Linda Brent never loses sight of her self-respect and her desire to have a normal home and family. She is constantly fighting for herself as a mother to her children and focusing on their futures over her own. She said, “I had my secret hopes; but I must fight my battle alone. I had a woman’s pride, and a mother’s love for my children; and I resolved that out of the darkness of this hour a brighter dawn should rise for them. My master had power and law on his side; I had a determined will. There is might in each (Jacobs 85).” As you can see in this statement she had an undying love and hope for her children. She was devoted to them and willing to bear great suffering for their sake. In the previous main passage I am depicting from, her motherly strengths are shown as well. It is evident that she cares for her children more than herself when she realizes that her new-born baby is going to be a girl, and her heart stops in fear of what this new child’s life will be like. She has no idea what the exact outcome will be for her baby’s future, but can only imagine what it will be like, as she knows her child will have to undergo the same lifestyle she has. Slavery during this time was not changing or ending by any means, and this only meant that every new life that is created is being brought into this world under

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