Comparison Of Slavery In Frederick Douglas 'And Harriet Jacobs' Narratives

1537 Words 7 Pages
The life of slavery involved a life of nothing but hardship and heartbreak. Within these times, black slaves struggled to survive and find motivation to keep going in such a awful way of life. Both Frederick Douglass’ and Harriet Jacobs’ Narratives depicted the struggles that slaves had to deal with everyday, which would include harsh punishment and cruelty. However, even with the horrendous acts done to them, they still held on. The slaves turned to God in times of trouble, happiness, and chose to believe in God’s plan along their journey through slavery. It is true to say that the slaves in the narratives of Douglass’ and Jacobs, all turned to God to help them through slavery.
In times of struggle, the slaves often turned to God for help.
…show more content…
Amidst the ridicule from the cruel mistress, the slave girl in her agony simply cried out, “ O Lord, come and take me!”( pg.3). Her act of calling out to God in her time of agony shows how she turned to God for help in her circumstance. The slave girl had no one else to turn to, besides the only one who was with her the entire time, which was God. Within the narrative of Douglass, he talks about the meaning of the songs that he heard other slaves sing around him. He stated that, “ Every tone was a testimony against slavery, and a prayer to God for deliverance from chains” ( pg. 937). This event not only shows one slave turning to God for help, but multiple slaves turning to God from the deliverance of the horrible lives of slavery. It just so happens to be in song form, instead of speaking out to God like the young Slave girl did in Jacob’s Narrative. In another event in Jacob's’ Narrative, she …show more content…
944). Douglass states that, “And in the darkest hours of my career in slavery, this living word of faith and spirit of hope departed not from me, but remained like ministering angels to cheer me through the gloom. This good spirit was from God, and to him I offer thanksgiving and praise” ( pg. 944). Even with the unfiltered side of life that Douglass faces, which was full of cruel punishments and the agony of the ones around him, he still cherishes in God for helping him along the way. Because of the, “ Ministering angels to cheer” him through the gloom, he was able to keep going and be happy because of it. In the narrative of Jacobs, she tells of the time when Uncle Philip tells her grandmother that her son had finally reached the north to become a free slave ( pg. 11). Jacobs’ grandmother not only shares the joy of the accomplishment with her family around her, but it is stated in the narrative that, “ She raised her hands, and exclaimed,” God be praised! Let us thank him”( pg.11). It is also stated that the grandmother,“dropped on her knees, and poured forth her heart in prayer” ( pg.11). Jacob’s grandmother had made the decision to spread the joy among her family members, but decided to take another

Related Documents