Dehumanization Of Frederick Douglass From Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl By Harriet Jacobs

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During the 1800’s, the white eyed society saw slave workers as hard working men who devoted their life to work, and success. These same men behind the public eye were also known for raping young slave girls, family breaking, and torturing slaves . These unjust events were acceptable, in behalf of slavery. In other words, these events were permitted by slave owners, because of the dehumanizing effects slavery had upon slave owners.This being expressed in the Slave Narratives, Narrative of the of Frederick Douglass, by Frederick Douglass and also, From Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs. Douglas and Jacobs show how slavery dehumanize the slave owner. From the perspective of Douglas, slave owners imposed multiples acts of inhumane violence towards slaves. Douglas expresses this with his …show more content…
Specifically from the slave owner, Dr. Flint, and his mistress. The cook, for example, was constantly overwhelmed by Dr. Flint who “order her to be whipped, or compel her to eat every mouthful of it in his presence,” (3) if her cooking wasn’t to his standard. Jacobs even mentions how the cook “was sometimes locked up from her nursing baby, for a whole day and night” (3). As can be seen, Dr. Flint shows how slavery dehumanized him, considering he made it acceptable that a mother should be locked up away from her baby for a substantial amount of time. Though, his mistress isn't much better, since slavery also dehumanized her. Jacobs was forced to take off her shoes, becausethey essentially made a “horrid noise,”(6) according to her mistress. Consequently, Jacobs was forced to walk long errands in the snow while barefoot. Not only was the punishment that Jacobs mistress gave to her morally incorrect, but it was also callous like. This due to the fact that slavery took away the slave owners humane emotions, and thus dehumanizing

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