Harriet Jacobs 's A Very Different Way Than White Essay

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Harriet Jacobs illustrates agency in a very different way than White. Jacobs does this through her own story under the alias of Linda Brent. Linda finds herself in slavery to the Flints after a series of deaths and willings. She is immediately placed in sexual pursuit by her master Dr. Flint. “he told me that I was made for his use, made to obey his command in every thing; that I was nothing but a slave, whose will must and should surrender to his” (Jacob 's, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, 29). Linda was the object of Flint 's desire but not in a purely sexual way. Dr. Flint could have rapped Linda at any moment "white males have long had nearly institutionalized access to Negro women with relatively little fear of being reported." (White, Ar’n’t I a Woman?, 165). Flint didn 't rape Linda because he wanted her full submission in every way both mentally and physically."From the very beginning of a woman 's enslavement she had to cope with sexual abuse, abuse made legitimate by the conventional wisdom that black women were promiscuous Jezebels" (White, Ar’n’t I a Woman?, 89). Linda was not a Jezebel but he dominant view of slave women filled her into a binary range of roles; because Flint wanted Linda to be a Jezebel her opinion no longer mattered, functionally, she was a Jezebel and now had all of the assumptions and strife of a Jezebel on her palette of issues.
The book is based off of the lengths Linda was willing to go to obtain freedom; freedom from her master 's…

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