Incidents During The Life Of A Slave Girl By Harriet Ann Jacobs

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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
While reading the novel Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl written by Harriet Ann Jacobs, readers see how slavery was corrupted. This novel is a story about a slave named Linda and the hardships she endures. The story goes through her life and speaks about her journey to freedom. Linda goes through pain and sacrifice to get there. In Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, the theme of the corrupting power of slavery is shown through literary elements such as foreshadowing, conflict, imagery, and symbolism. Through foreshadowing, the author, Jacobs, is able to give the readers hints as to what will be happening next or later on in the book. Foreshadowing can tell readers or give them a hint that they will need to pick up on that will tell them about what will end up happening in the next few pages or possibly even at the end of the book. The author controls everything they tell the reader, but even authors may not realize the hints they are subtly dropping. In Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Linda begins to endure struggles in her life as a new and young slave, she states that when she was younger, that “those were happy days” (Jacobs 4) but she realizes that those days were “too happy to last” (Jacobs 4.) Linda is speaking of the days where she was younger and had yet to become a slave. She speaks of times that were playful and happy, before the weight of being a slave settled onto her. This is showing that things will get…

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