Harriet Jacobs Incident In The Life Of A Slave Girl

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Women have fought a long way to get to where they are now. Through many trials and tribulations, women became one of the most influential people in the world. For example, Harriet Jacobs was an outstanding African woman writer back in the 1800s. She paved the path for others to become a successful writer, despite all the challenges she had to face. Her stories continue to influence many as her stories get passed down from generation to generation. One of her most famous works, Incidents In the Life of a Slave Girl, gained fame as it spoke transparently about her struggles as a slave. Despite her influence to the world, many believed that the actions she took in her book were “ not women like ” and she was shamed across different communities of women. Barbara Welter, the writer of “The Cult …show more content…
As she moves in with her new master, Dr. Flint, she can no longer undergo the sexual harassment that he stresses on her. She assesses her current state and decides to run away from her master, hoping that she would eventually be free. Brent knew that her master was never going to stop and understood that she was powerless due to her title as “Slave”. As a slave, it was very risky to run away from your master because if you were caught and returned, the punishments could range from beatings up to death. Her analysis led to her rebellion, which shows her also undermining the virtue of domesticity because she finds a way where she satisfies herself over her master. Brent also had the help of slaves and other free women close to Dr. Flint. She was able to hide in multiple places such as the closet, storage room, and attic. The other women also critique domesticity by helping Brent feel safe from Dr. Flint. Women were supposed to make the home a relaxing place where men were able to escape the world. However, the women aided Brent 's escape causing Dr.Flint 's to scramble to find his

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